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Samsung Galaxy S5 (SM-G900) Review & Specs

Samsung Galaxy S5 is a high-end Android phone released in June 2014, provisioned with a great Quad-Core processor clocking at 2.5 GHz, a good size 5.1-inches multi touch screen, and 2 cameras, a 16 mega-pixels back camera and a 2.1 MP front side camera.

This cellphone is a very compact cellphone, taking into account that it presents a 5.1 inches display and it only has 5.59″ long and 2.85″ wide. This cellphone is incredibly slim and practical, with a thickness of just 0.32 inches. Samsung offers the Samsung Galaxy S5 in a nice range of color options: black, blue, white and gold. This cellphone is much lighter than what you expect from a cellphone this size. About its materials, this cellphone is mainly manufactured with Plastic.

Samsung decided to build this phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, backed up by a high-tech Quad-Core processor clocking at 2.5 gigahertz and a great 2 GB of RAM. Handling graphic rendering, the S5 also counts with a 500 megahertz Adreno 420 GPU. A nice point of the S5 is its 16 GB quite large internal memory and an SD card slot, allowing the user to store a couple hundred games and apps without any trouble.

Samsung designed this cellphone with an absolutely amazing 5.1-inches screen, and a 2560 x 1440 (Quad HD / 2K) resolution, giving this device a perfect graphical experience. Its screen uses Super AMOLED capacitive technology, and is multi-touch enabled.

The S5 features two cameras, a 16 megapixels back facing camera and a 2.1 mega-pixels front side camera. this cellphone’s back facing camera has an aperture of 2.2 so it can capture clear pictures even in low lighting environments. It also films 4K 3840×2160 videos at 30 frames per second, and 1280×720 HD slow motion videos up to 120 fps (4 times slower than regular videos). This cellphone also counts with lots of interesting features: auto-focus, flash, fast burst mode, digital image stabilization, face detection shooting, geo tagging and HDR mode.

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The S5 has wifi capability (which can be shared with other devices around, acting as a mobile hotspot), LTE (4G) high speed connectivity and also HSPA+ data connection, which is a bit slower 4G variation or fast 3G data connection, supported by HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS and EDGE technologies. This cellphone works with a Micro SIM card to connect to GSM networks.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 counts with a 2800 mAh large Li-Ion removable battery providing this cellphone a quite long battery duration.

The S5 also comes with many interesting features like Bluetooth (4.0), Fingerprint Reader, GPS Navigation, Infrared Port and Near Field Communication (NFC), and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer and Compass.

If you need a cellphone mainly for internet browsing and social networks, you love taking pictures, want it for work or are looking for a phone for gaming, this phone is definitely the right choice .

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Samsung Galaxy S5 G900a 16GB Smartphone - Unlocked by AT&T for all GSM Carriers Smartphone w/ 16MP...
  • 5.1(inch) Super AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Operating System: Android OS, Internal Memory: 16GB, 2GB RAM (microSD Up to 256GB)
  • 16 Megapixel Camera with Phase Detection Autofocus, f/2.2, 31mm, 1/2.6" Sensor Size w/ 2 Megapixel Front Camera with f/2.4, 22mm lens, 1080p @ 30fps
  • Processor: QuadCore 2.5 GHz Krait 400, Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
  • Removable Lithium Ion 2800 mAh Battery, Dimensions: 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches, Weight: 5.11 oz
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Samsung Galaxy S5 G900A 16 GB 4G LTE (Shimmery White) GSM Unlocked
  • DOES THIS DEVICE NEED A SIM CARD: Yes it does Being that this device is GSM unlocked it will work on any GSM Network with a Micro size SIM Card The sim card does not come included, if you will be using this device with a Network Other than AT&T you will need to contact your Network Provider to acquire your complimentary Sim card (Free from most Carriers with activating of an account)
  • Network Frequencies and Data Type LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/17; HSPA+/UMTS: 850/1900/2100MHz; GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz .
  • HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT THE BATTERY TO LAST ME: Well the battery has 2800mAh which in a Usage time frame means 29 solid hours of streaming at 4G LTE speeds as well it has a Standby time of up to 77 hours before you need to recharge the battery (Taken from the manufacturer take with a grain of salt)
  • WHAT DOES UNLOCKED REALLY MEAN: Unlocked devices are compatible with GSM carriers the kinds that Use SIM Cards for Service like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers) Unlocked Devices will not work with CDMA Carriers the kinds that dont use sim cards for service like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin (contact your network provider prior to purchasing for verification that they support GSM frequencies)
  • WHAT DOES UNLOCKED REALLY MEAN: Unlocked devices are compatible with GSM carriers the kinds that Use SIM Cards for Service like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers) Unlocked Devices will not work with CDMA Carriers the kinds that dont use sim cards for service like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin (contact your network provider prior to purchasing for verification that they support GSM frequencies)

Specifications

Device Type:Phone
Brand:Samsung
Operating System (OS):Android 5.0, 4.4.2
Variant:See other variants reviews
Product code:SM-G900
Dimensions:5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches
Weight:5.11 ounces
Colors:Black, Blue, Gold and White
Materials:Plastic
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Release date:2014-06-23

Display

Screen Type:Super AMOLED (16M colors)
Size:5.1 inches
Resolution:1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD / 2K)
Pixel density:432 pixels per inch
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch

Hardware

Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Processor:Krait 450 (Quad-Core 2500 MHz)
RAM Memory:2 GB (800 MHz)
Graphics Processor:Adreno 420 (500 MHz)
Internal Memory:16 GB
SD Card Slot:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)

Battery

Battery type:Li-Ion
Removable:Yes
Capacity:2800 mAh

Camera

Back camera:16 megapixels
    Aperture:f/2.20
    Focal length:31mm (35mm equivalence)
    Sensor size:0.38 inches (1/2.6″)
    Flash:Yes
Front camera:2.1 megapixels
Max video resolution:3840 x 2160 (30 fps) (4K)
Max slow motion video:1280 x 720 (120 fps) (HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus, Digital Image Stabilization, Face Detection Shooting, Fast Burst Mode, Geo Tagging, HDR Mode and Slow Motion Video (4 times slower)

Networks

Wi-Fi:Yes
    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Micro SIM
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:850, 1900, 2100
LTE (4G) Bands:700 (band 17), 850 (band 5), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7)
Technologies:LTE (4G), HSPA+ (4G), HSDPA, HSPA, HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 4.0
GPS:Yes
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Infra-red:Yes
Fingerprint ID:Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor
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