Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 4G LTE - A Highly Priced 4G Compatible Flagship

Although priced on a hefty side, the S5 4G variant features unique features.

It was three months ago, the South Korean smartphone giant launched their flagship device, the Galaxy S5. Unfortunately, the company couldn’t take charge of the market as per their calculations. Still, the firm managed to sell out a good million multiples to keep Samsung alive in the market. Now, the arrival of the 4G version of the big boy will definitely boost up the market for Samsung. Well, it’s not just a 4G connectivity in addition, but there is a couple of steps more. Let’s have a detailed checkup.

Design and Display
The Galaxy S5 4G LTE comes with the same design of its non-4G version. It measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm dimension, and a metal effect bezel packs the device and ensures maximum protection against mere dropdowns. However, the Galaxy S5 is widely criticized for its usual Galaxy S series design. So, it would be really hard for Samsung to build up market. Meanwhile, a 5.1 inches QHD bezel-free display with Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen having 1920 x 1080 resolution is borrowed from its sibling. Though it’s not the best display available in the market, the visual experience is simply wow.

Processor and Performance
The answer for ‘what is new with the Galaxy S5 4G LTE’ is here! Unlike the Exynos 5422 Octa processor of non-4G version powered by 4 high performance cores at 1.9GHz and 4 low performance cores at 1.3GHz, the 4G LTE variant is backed by a way powerful 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) processor, which has four high-performance cores at 2.46GHz.  It ensures better backup and performance. At the same time, both machines sport different graphic chip. While the non-4G has Mali-T628, the 4G version is boosted by well renowned Adreno 330 graphics card.

On the other hand, when these two devices were undergone for processor test, it has been found that each gadget is as powerful as the other one. But, when tested for the best graphics chip, the 4G version slides over the non-4G stuff with a hefty lead. So, this device will definitely be an added advantage for game freaks.

Connectivity is the other stuff, that makes the Galaxy S5 4G LTE a total killer in this fast moving generation. The 4G version supports eight 4G LTE bands including the TD LTE Indian band (2300MHz). It also features Download Booster and Wi-Fi MiMo (Multi-Input Multi-Output) technologies, which makes internet browsing faster like never before. The Download Booster makes both Wi-Fi (4 Mbps) and 4G (8 Mbps) to work simultaneously. That is, you could get up to 80-90% of combined browsing speed (12 Mbps). The other thing to note is that the 4G device is equipped with two internal Wi-Fi antennas to multiply the speed of browsing. Along with that Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 3.0, infrared and NFC complete the list. Yup! The 4G machine sounds good for 24x7 net geeks.

Operating System
It is the same Android’s latest 4.4 version KitKat, that runs the non-4G variant, powers the Galaxy 4G LTE. So same is the user interface of the gadget. Yeah! I know it disappoints Samsung’s premium clients.

The exact 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and a 2 MP front camera seen in the non-4G variant are taken to the 4G variant as well. This brings absolute cool pics and videos.

Like the non-4G version, the 4G LTE variant is powered by 16 GB internal storage, which has an expandable storage of up to 128 GB using microSD card. The device is further assisted by 2 GB RAM.

Battery backup
The 4G LTE variant has the same 2600 mAh battery which gives 21 hours of talk time and 390 hours of standby, which is certainly awesome as far as a smartphone is considered.

The history of Samsung smarthones proves that price of every device of the company falls down gradually since the launched date. And the Galaxy 4G LTE is priced Rs. 53,500. Remember that the Galaxy S5 (non-4G) was launched for a mammoth price tag of Rs. 51,500 and now the same is available in the online markets for as low as Rs. 34,999. So, if you are a great fan of Samsung, who wants to experience the faster 4G, or a rich guy who changes smartphone every month may go forward for this 4G model.

In India only Airtel and Aircel provide 4G, which is available only in limited metropolitan cities too. Moreover, the 4G data plans are highly expensive. So, analyzing the price of the device and the expensive 4G plans you gonna enjoy in limited areas, it doesn’t sound like a good invest at all. Still, if you want to experience the new trend of Samsung, that is powered by the next level graphics card and new connectivity technologies, just go for it. That’s it!

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Last updated on 21-07-2014. Published on 21-07-2014.
Published by Mobiles4Sale in category Reviews
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