Mobile World Congress 2018
Galaxy S5 new software and camera featuresSamsung's new toy has plenty of new tweaks, including a monochrome battery-saving mode. We show you what's new.
Hello. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET. We're here with the Samsung Galaxy S5. We're gonna take a look at some of the new software features and some of the new camera tricks. Samsung describes the new interface for the S5 as very clean and that all begins with the lock screen which gets a cool new bubbly animation. One you unlock it, you'll see that things are looking a little bit neater, a little bit flatter and a little bit squarer as well. One thing that's new is this new settings menu. So, if I open the settings up here, you can see that everything is a lot more pleasingly laid out. It feels a little bit less dense than this menu used to. Something else I wanna mention is what Samsung calls the One Touch toolbox. That is this movable little dot down here and whenever you tap that, it brings up a series of shortcuts. If you don't like it though, you can turn it off entirely. As well as a slightly new look for the icons of all the regular default apps, there's a new notification panel that again looks a lot cleaner, you get these rounded icons along the top. If you're thinking of giving this phone to children, you might want to turn on kid's mode. This basically turns the phone into a version that's safe for kids and has all these kid friendly versions of apps. So, if I tap this little monster with the camera here, you get this kid friendly camera software. So, there's a nice aesthetic changes but what about this phone is gonna make your life more easy on a practical level? Well, by far at the settings menu you might be interested to check out this power saving mode. And if you turn that on, it turns the phone's display monochrome, it dims the whole display and it restricts the Galaxy S5 to just a handful of basic apps including the phone and messages. Samsung says this mode will get you 24 hours of standby time with the phone's last 10 percent of battery. Finally, I just wanna mention a little bit about the camera. This is a 16-megapixel camera. Samsung says it's got a sensor that's even bigger than the S4's and it's got a couple of tricks obviously. One of those is a very first auto focus. Samsung says this phone focuses in not 0.3 seconds and that's the fastest ever auto focus on a smartphone. Testing it out here in quite dim trade show conditions, it definitely seems to be finding its point to focus very swiftly. So, like other Samsung Galaxy phones, this thing has so many camera modes. It will be impossible to cover them all right now, but one thing I do wanna focus on-- focus, get it, is this, the selective focus mode. Now, what this does is it lets you select your subject and then when you take the picture, it automatically blurs out everything else, keeping it out of focus and the idea here is that you get a more professional photo. Once the photo is processed, you can then choose what parts of the photo that you want to be in focus. We found that when we were trying it in here, it didn't work particularly well all the time but we did manage to get a couple of nice snaps. So, maybe what it demands is a bit of trial and error. Samsung has also added a new HDR feature and what that means is that when you turn it on, you can see how your HDR photo will look. You don't have to wait until you've actually taken the photo. What do you think of the Galaxy S5? Are you tempted to buy or are you feeling a little underwhelmed? Let me know and check out CNET.com for much more for Mobile World Congress.