Amazon’s new Fire Phone vs. Samsung flagship Galaxy S5

Amazon’s new Fire Phone vs. Samsung flagship Galaxy S5 handset

Online retail giant Amazon has recently announced its foray into the smartphone arena with the unveiling of its Fire Phone, which the company hopes will challenge the flagship handsets of other smartphone manufacturers, including Samsung's latest flagship handset - Galaxy S5 - which is currently the leading handset for most carriers.

So far as a comparison between the Amazon Fire Phone and the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset is concerned, both the devices are Android phones; though Fire Phone uses Amazon's highly modified Android version - Fire OS - while Galaxy S5 uses a fairly standard version of Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat with the addition of Samsung's own tricks and unique hardware aspects.

The Amazon Fire Phone is equipped with a 4.7-inch, 720p screen and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU with an Adreno 330 GPU. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features 5.1-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED screen and 2.5GHz quad-core CPU.

Moreover, the 13-megapixel camera mounted on the Amazon Fire phone can only record 1080p video at 30fps; while the 16-megapixel camera of the Galaxy S5 is capable of recording 4K video or 1080p at 60fps. When it comes to battery, the 2,400mAh battery of the Fire Phone is marginally smaller than the 2,800mAh battery of Galaxy S5.

In terms of cost, both Fire Phone and Galaxy S5 have nearly the identical price-tags; and, as per market watchers and experts, Amazon will have to offer some very impressive features on Fire OS to offer substantial competition to Samsung' Galaxy S5 handset.

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