Is the Galaxy S5 the Most Luxurious Smartphone Ever?

The Galaxy S5 comes with so many features, many consumers are c

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It’s possible that the new Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the sleekest, most luxurious smartphone to hit the market in 2014. Loaded with sophisticated features, the Galaxy S5 may fly off the shelves at a lightning pace, leaving stores out of stock on one of the year’s hottest mobile devices.

Samsung debuted the S5 earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Early users already are buzzing about the phone, saying that thanks to its premium features, the S5 is a worthy rival of Apple’s iPhone.

Features Impress Early Users

The first thing users will notice about the new Galaxy S5 is the device’s crystal-sharp display. The 5.10-inch screen has a crisp resolution of 1080x1920 pixels. The display is brighter than the S4, without taking up more power. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 and offers 2GB of RAM.

Today’s “selfie” generation won’t be disappointed with the phone’s astonishing 16-megapixel rear camera and 2.1-megapixel front camera. Snapping pics on the Galaxy S5 will be easier than ever and produce sharper images.

The phone has other exciting features, such as a heart rate monitor, special fit app and a fingerprint scanner that makes it one of the most secure phones available. The S5’s plastic shell makes it very grippable and easy to hold. The phone is larger than its predecessors, the Galaxy S3 and S4.

The user interface is extremely user-friendly, with new icons. The news aggregation through the My Magazine feature is especially impressive.

The battery is another sleek feature that figures to make the Galaxy S5 the choice for luxury smartphone users. The ultra power saving mode extends battery life for users on the go and away from a power cord.

According to Samsung, the battery pack supplies 10 hours of web browsing or 11 hours of video play per charge. However, when switched into ultra power saving mode, Samsung says the Galaxy S5 will last 24 hours on only 10 percent of its charge. While in ultra power savings mode, the phone displays only black and white colors, limits background processes and restricts app use. This feature gives users an incredible sense of security that other phones cannot currently offer.

Carriers Flock to Galaxy S5

With consumer excitement running high, it’s no surprise that mobile service carriers are clamoring to offer the best deals on the Galaxy S5. So far, T-Mobile is leading the pack as the go-to carrier for the new luxury smartphone. T-Mobile is the only major carrier offering the phone’s Download Booster feature, which allows users to download data from two different connections at the same time. While other carriers have said they will disable the faster download feature on their versions of the new phone, T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S5 will allow the dual downloads.

Reported Encore to the S5

Tech enthusiasts are buzzing about rumors that Samsung will release the S5 Premium version of the phone as part of the brand’s new high-end line, dubbed Project F. If the speculation is true, the S5 Premium would be the first Galaxy model to feature a metal chassis instead of the dimpled plastic shell.

One news outlet reports that the S5 Premium also will feature a Quad HD display, Exynos processor and a camera with “optical image stabilization” — features that are not available on the regular S5.

Samsung CEO JK Shin tried to quiet rumors of the Premium S5, denying that the company plans to release the phone. However, with his exact quote to the Korean media muddled, some are speculating that he is purposely misleading the media.

One theory is that Shin is holding back on discussing the S5 Premium until the S5 debuts and until HTC releases their new One. After those phones debut, Samsung may start to stoke rumors of an ultra luxury Galaxy S5 model once again.

Tim Alan

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