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[Q] Does the S5 have FM radio

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25th February 2014, 01:28 PM   |  #1  
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I've looked at the official specs and can see no mention.

Does anyone know if the S5 has an FM radio?

(I know the arguments as to why I really don't need one - separate BT headsets, streaming alternatives, etc, etc - but I would like to know)
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25th February 2014, 02:45 PM   |  #2  
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No more FM radio after the S3 and Note 2
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25th February 2014, 03:06 PM   |  #3  
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No more FM radio after the S3 and Note 2

Is that definitive?

I have read that Samsung were planning on re-introducing it - e.g. here
25th February 2014, 03:26 PM   |  #4  
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Can't find any specs on the Samsung website, but gsmarena is reporting no FM Radio

I can understand Samsung dropping features which aren't popular and require additional hardware/software, but they said it was all there in the S4, just not connected and rivals HTC and Sony still provide FM Radio.

Bad move IMO, sure there are a load of commuters and those with bad reception/limited data who will be looking elsewhere.
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I would like to see that research data, which suggest FM radio became obsolete, upon Samsung decided to drop it. Still some people look for a device with that feature and its hard to imagine most will swich to online streaming given FM radio option. S4 and S5 are not my picks for current handset replacement.
25th February 2014, 06:18 PM   |  #6  
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Thanks for the replies to date.

Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be anything known for certain yet:
Samsung's page gives no indication (link).
PDADB (link) says it has, but then again, it pretty much always says this
And - as stated above - GSMARENA says it doesn't: link

26th February 2014, 09:16 AM   |  #7  
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From link

Speaking at Samsung’s Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung's president and CEO, JK Shin said "With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,”

To me, FM is a basic requirement and it matters to me. Surely, this means the S5 will have FM?
26th February 2014, 02:01 PM   |  #8  
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FM Radio has always been an issue for developers even in XDA to deal with, it's simply too much work for an obsolete technology that only a (very) small portion of users use.
I personally loved it and miss it on new Galaxy phones, but all modern smartphones dropped it and I don't blame them.

I am half certain the S5 doesn't have it.
26th February 2014, 02:21 PM   |  #9  
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FM Radio has always been an issue for developers even in XDA to deal with, it's simply too much work for an obsolete technology that only a (very) small portion of users use.
I personally loved it and miss it on new Galaxy phones, but all modern smartphones dropped it and I don't blame them.

I am half certain the S5 doesn't have it.

Well, I use it. I like the idea of a smartphone being an all in one device and my various attempts to use streaming radio are not always useful - transmission breaks caused by data drop outs. Other well-known device manufacturers include FM radio - Nokia, LG, Sony, HTC - even Samsung in some phones (e.g. S4 mini), so why they dropped it in flagship phones like the S4 and Note 3 is a mystery to me.

I did a quick Google, and found a survey (link) with 2145 responses where about 48% of participants said they do listen to FM radio, so hardly a "(very) small portion of users" then.
26th February 2014, 09:05 PM   |  #10  
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PDAdb FM-Radio is in the S5
http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=specs&i..._s5_lte-a_16gb

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