Samsung unveils plastic, 32-bit Galaxy S5 phone, world yawns

“Metal body design? Nope. Eye-wateringly crisp 2K+ display? Nuh-uh. Overhauled Android interface? Only a little,” Jessica Dolcourt reports for CNET. “After all the rumors and hype, the Samsung Galaxy S5 revealed with much fanfare at Mobile World Congress is more an iteration on the Galaxy S line… Yet the been-there, done-that design isn’t novel enough to trample rivals the way Samsung might hope.”

“Samsung still has a ways to go to reinspire jaded followers and fans, and those who value luxury materials and crafted designs over Samsung’s stamped-out phones should keep the door open for Apple’s iPhone 6,” Dolcourt reports. “In designing the Galaxy S5, Samsung didn’t go very far for inspiration. In fact, the Galaxy S5’s body looks event more like the Galaxy S4 than the GS4 did the Galaxy S3.”

“At the end of the day, the phone still feels like it always has: like plastic,” Dolcourt reports. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if Samsung is at all striving for loftier ambitions, it hasn’t reached those heights.”

“The GS5 is only a fraction larger than the Galaxy S4 — 5.1 inches versus the GS4’s 5-inch display,” Dolcourt reports. “The Galaxy S5 measures 142mm by 72.5mm by 8.1mm — or 5.59 inches tall by 2.85 inches wide by 0.32-inch deep — and weighs 145 grams, or 5.1 ounces. It’s taller and heavier than the Galaxy S4 as a result of its extra hardware.”

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Samsung's 32-bit plastic "flagship" Galaxy S5 phone
Samsung’s 32-bit plastic “flagship” Galaxy S5 phone

“In general, the Galaxy S5 looks similar to previous models and is made from polycarbonate plastic. Samsung did try to “glam” it up by adding a perforated pattern to the back cover and offering the phone in electric blue and copper gold, in addition to black and white. Glam isn’t exactly the word I’d use, but it does make the phone feel less plasticky. The texture is similar to the faux leather used on the Galaxy Note 3,” Bonnie Cha reports for Re/code. “”

“The Galaxy S5 now has a heart-rate sensor built into the camera’s flash. Users can simply touch their index finger to the sensor to monitor their heart rate,” Cha reports. “The Galaxy S5 now has a fingerprint scanner. It’s not built into the Home button like the iPhone 5s; rather, you swipe your finger on the bottom of the screen. I got a demo of it, but it seemed a little temperamental and took a couple of tries to work.”

“The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available worldwide (except in Japan) on April 11,” Cha reports. “Though the company didn’t announce pricing today, I’d imagine it would fall in the usual $200 range on contract.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Alternate headline: 32-bit antique dealer fails to impress with latest effort.

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    1. Correct me if I am overstating this but if I recall correctly, the anti-Apple world could not stop screaming at the top of their lungs what a gimmick the 64 bit processor was. Then hours later, Samsung’s CEO went on camera and emphatically stated that Samsung would have a 64 bit phone on the market “very soon.” I ask politely, Samsung has failed to deliver a 64 bit architecture phone and the press is quiet; why??

      1. The press is quiet because they are only activated, like a fire extinguisher behind glass, in case of emergency. Any Apple announcement is an emergency for everyone else, because it signals another frenetic scrambling to catch up, an alarum to rouse the FUD brigades to stall until countermeasures have obtained purchase.

        But at such times as these, when Apple is in a state of stillness, the lapdogs known as the press lie quietly in their kennels, panting softly, waiting till they are roused to attack by a sharp stick wielded by their masters.

      2. remember this on the Sep 12 2013 | 5:43 am

        Samsung boss JK Shin has told the Korean press that its future handsets will also include 64-bit number-crunching capabilities. Speaking with the Korea Times, the Samsung co-CEO confirmed that “our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,”

  1. It truly totally match the personality of shamesuck users who are cheap and stupid and don’t know what is the best .
    They want to pay one cheap price for all the things which they can’t judge are good or not .

      1. “…Samsung did try to “glam” it up by adding a perforated pattern to the back cover…”

        Sure those “perforations” weren’t caused by buckshot from a shotgun blast from an irate user being locked out because they can’t get the fingerprint scanner to work?!

  2. Plainly they’ve run out of things to copy. Did you read this lame excuse below like “if our customers REALLY wanted us to put in new disruptive technologies we could have easily done so, but since they don’t, we didn’t. Eh heh.”

    “We learned from our Galaxy S users that they really want basic, everyday life features. They weren’t looking for the eye-popping, disruptive technology that everybody else was looking for,” said Young-Hee Lee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile division,

    1. You know, from what I understand they did have a gold phone a long time ago. It was only available in other markets I think, but it may have been one of the only things they did before we did. I hate to say it, but I think it’s true.

      Notably, it was still ugly , and was still a crap phone. As all their phones are.

  3. Most of the comments I’ve heard and read state that even loyal Samsung phone users consider this no better than the Note 3 and some consider it a step backward. The only thing new added is the fingerprint scanner.

    This was supposed to be Samsung’s new iPhone killer?

    1. I suspect that is because Android is a 32 bit OS and to go 64 bit would require a whole new set of apps not yet available. So with no 64 bit CPU they don’t have many other things to copy. Thus you get this crap.

  4. I can predict right now that the fingerprint scanner will be hacked in weeks of this POS being released. There’s no way it’s as secure as TouchID, it’ll be software bolted onto Android – a recipe for disaster.

    Isn’t TouchID on a separate chip that is isolated from everything else? This is probably a bit of crummy software that has been hastily written to use the screen to read your thumbprint , most of the time. I wonder if it works with a grubby screen?

    Samsung Electronics
    “It ain’t gold, it’s plastic gold”™

    A shameless company.

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