Yesterday the latest Galaxy S5 smartphone was launched by Samsung on the floor of the international Mobile World Congress 2014 which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain. The device which was earlier rumored to come with a 64 Bit processor and a staggering 2K display doesn't come with the same which has in fact produced a feeling of discontent among the fans who were desperately waiting for the device's launch.
However, you should not think of the Galaxy S5 as a small time flagship model by interpreting the above statement. In fact, the device comes with a massive power and an array of personal user-friendly apps. But again there are already several smartphones which are making rounds in the market with competitive features and specs. Thus the latest Galaxy S5 from the South Korean giant might not find it easy to rule the market this year.
And to let you know more from the competition perspective, today GizBot has come up with a line-up of smartphones that will possibly stand against the latest Galaxy S5 handset. But before taking a look at the rival devices, lets take a look at the specs if the Galaxy S5 first.
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The Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a swappable back cover. The device is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It runs on Android v4.4 KitKat OS along with the newly re-created TouchWiz UI.
The S5 offers a a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor (contrary to the popular rumors related to a 20 MP camera) that features UHD recording capability and real-time HDR for both photos and videos. There is also a 2.1MP front-facing snapper.
The device comes with an external microSD card slot and a removable 2,800mAh battery. It is IP67-certified, meaning it is water and dust resistance device. There are IR remote, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+ and Cat 4 LTE (speeds up to 150Mbps down/50Mbps up). Users have the option of choosing a variant that's either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Also, users can add up to 64GB externally via a microSD card for further memory expansion.
The phones has been packed with several new features like the The Ultra Power Saving Mode, Fitness Apps, LTE support, Super fast rear camera Auto-focus and much more.
Lets take a look at the rival devices now.
Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Triluminos Display with Live Colour LED powered by X-Reality engine. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 3GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. There is a compelling imaging capability with 20.7MP rear camera with Exmos RS sensor capable of shooting 4K video and you will also find a 2.2MP front-facing snapper with 1080p video recording which is more than enough for taking selfies and making video calls. Very much like the Galaxy S5, the smartphone comes with a IP55 / IP58 rating which means that it is dust and water resistant. The device features a 16GB internal memory which can be further enhanced upto 64GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include LTE /3G HSPA+, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL 3.0 and NFC. The device, which measures 8.2mm thick and weighs 158 grams, is powered by a 3200 mAh Battery with STAMINA mode.
The device is one of the most potential rival of the Galaxy S5 smartphone with better camera MP while it fails to meet the super fast AF of the Galaxy S5. While other features are quite advanced in the Xperia Z2's camera. Samsung might not be able to catch up with Sony's battery, RAM, Processor and also the front facing camera.
LG G Pro 2
LG G Pro 2 comes with a massive 5.9-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS display. It is powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU coupled with 3GB DDR3 RAM and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat). There is a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, OIS+, 4K video recording, Slow motion video at 120 fps and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera as well. It comes with 16GB / 32GB of internal memory with micro SD card support for memory expansion. Connectivity options are somewhat similar to Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 smartphones which include LTE / 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS / aGPS, NFC and SlimPort. It measures 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3mm and weighs 172grams and draws its energy from a 3200 mAh battery.
Even this smartphone will give Galaxy S5 a tough time in the market. This one has got a better front facing camera, more RAM, higher battery capacity and larger display. But Samsung wins over the LG offering in terms of display quality, front facing camera, and the company's native features like health apps and others.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD Super AMOLED display. It is powered by a 1.9GHz Exynos Octa-Core processor couped with 3GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 (Jelly Bean). There is a 13MP camera with BSI Sensor with High CRI LED flash and Smart Stabilizer. It also features 4K video recording at 30fps (Only Snapdragon version) / 1080p 60fps / Slow motion 720p HD 120fps. There is also a 2MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording. The device comes with a 32GB internal memory with up to 64GB expandable via microSD card. The connectivity options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL, NFC and IR LED. It is powered by a 3200mAh battery.
The device is somewhat similar to the latest Galaxy S5 device. They share the similar display technology, camera sensors and almost similar processors. Thus there wouldn't be much of a difference except few new in-built apps.
The LG G2 comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display and runs on the 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 featuring quad Krait CPU along with 2GB of RAM. It draws its power from a 3,000 mAh battery and for imaging, there's a 13MP rear camera with OIS and LED Flash along with a 2.1 MP front camera. The devices comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean 4.2, measures at 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm dimension and it comes in 16GB and 32GB variants with no microSD card slot for memory expansion. Connectivity options include 3G, NFC, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, Infrared port, USB, microUSB v2.0 (SlimPort), USB On-the-go, USB Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL and Stereo FM radio with RDS.
Although LG G 2 is a bit older phone compared to the latest ones like the Xperia Z2 and the Galaxy S5 but it sure does come with a great specs. But it looks like it will fail to meet the potential of the Galaxy S5. But still the unique device with all the camera, power button and volume rocker placed at the rear site, could turn up to be another efficient competitor to the Galaxy S5 smartphone.
HTC One is the oldest one among all these devices, but the popularity it has earned among the Android users might just make it another tough competitor against Galaxy S5. It comes with a 4.7-inch Full HD IPS Display with Gorilla Glass 2. It offers 1920 x 1080 Pixels resolution and pixel density of 468ppi. The device is made of brushed aluminum, and of course looks classy. The handset is powered by a 1.7-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC coupled with 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean comes out of the box (some countries are getting the latest Android version). The phone has a 4.3-megapixel UltraPixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Other connectivity options include: NFC, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and GPS, among others. The makers have added a 2300mAh battery.
It might be an odd choice to include the device in this rival but looking at its unique ultrapixel camera and its popular UI and other software features, it still rocks the market.