Samsung's massively anticipated and widely expected smartphone, the Galaxy S5, may have already been released and brought out in its full glory, but is yet to receive the kind of popularity Samsung expects from any Android handset it releases.
First showcased at this years MWC (Mobile World Congress) event, the Galaxy S5 is the latest device from Samsung to grace its already thriving list of Galaxy range of smartphones. And, as expected, the device, at release, was priced at an optimum, effectively priced at Rs. 51,499.
Now while we say that the price of the device is justified, owing to the kind of features and technology incorporated into the device, but it will still not be agreeable with the Indian customers since the shelling out that big an amount may be not be something anyone here wants.
Hence, the device has received a number of price cuts in the recent past, with the S5's price dipping to Rs 43,499 at the start of the current month. However, the device has been listed on Flipkart yet again with another (unofficial) price cut. Now the device is being retailed at a more subsidized amount of Rs. 40,769.
Going through the specs of the device once more, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD resolution and churns out the pixel density of 432 ppi.
The device is powered by Octa Core Processor Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 coupled with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage ( expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot) and runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the layer of the upgraded version of the TouchWiz UI including a new notification bar. On the imaging front, there's a 16MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter.
The smartphone is IP67 certified which means that the Galaxy S5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so that your phone will protected from any activity or situation. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S5 is powered by 2,800mAh battery also comes with a Power Saving Mode.
But while all that sounds good enough, remember at the start of this piece when we talked about the kind of specs and technologies incorporated into the device? Well, one of those is the in-device gesture features that the S5 is bringing along with it.
But what are these gesture features and which are the ones that you should be looking ahead to using? We take a look at the top 5 among them.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Air Gesture
Who said you need will always need to touch your smartphone to operate it? Apparently, a simple move of the hand over the sensors is all it takes to make the Galaxy S5 work.
With Air Gesture in place, users can scroll through pages or lists of items just by moving their hand over the sensor in the direction they would like to scroll. What's more, the feature is even usable on the web browser, apart from the in-device Gallery app.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Palm Swipe to Capture
Remember the times when an Android device required you to push the power and the home buttons at the same time to snap a screenshot? Well, the S5 makes sure those days are gone.
With the Palm Swipe enabled, users will simply need to swipe the edge of the hand across the screen. The device will recognize this command instantly and take a screenshot.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Smart Alert
This one is actually a brilliant way of interacting with your smartphone. With the Smart Alert turned on, when you pick up your device, you will be notified if you have any missed calls or messages.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mute/Pause
With the Mute/Pause gesture activated, if you turn the device over with the back side at the front, that will mute incoming calls and media playback.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Direct Call
When viewing a contact's details, message details, or call details from the log, with the S5-based Direct Call in place, users can place the device to their ear to initiate a call to the contact or phone number.