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MWC: Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat and fingerprint sensor

Souped-up camera and heart rate monitor also added
Mon Feb 24 2014, 19:05

BARCELONA: SAMSUNG LAUNCHED the Galaxy S5 during its Mobile World Congress (MWC) keynote on Monday, much to the surprise of nobody.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives touting a 5.1in 1920x1280 resolution Super AMOLED display, and while that sounds decent enough, it doesn't match up to speculation, which suggested the phone would see an upgrade in the display department.

Still, Samsung must be hoping that the device will impress in other areas. Taking tips from the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint sensor in its physical home button. This sees Samsung enhancing the security of its flagship smartphone by offering a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a safe mobile payment experience. 

In terms of power, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a quad-core 2.5GHz chip, 2GB of RAM, and houses a 2,800mAh battery under the bonnet that promises around 30 hours of constant talk time.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has also seen updates to its cameras. On the rear there's a 16MP sensor, and Samsung said that the Galaxy S5 has the fastest autofocus speed available of 0.3 second, as well as advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology to capture more natural looking pictures. There's also a Selective Focus feature that lets you focus on a specific area of an image, blurring the background. There's also a 2MP camera on the front of the device.

As well as offering 4G support for fast network speeds, Samsung has added Download Booster, which is WiFi technology designed to boost data speeds by bonding WiFi and LTE together simultaneously, and Samsung claims that this new technology means users can reach download a gigabyte of data in just 30 seconds.

For the health conscious, Samsung has also added a heart rate monitor and some fitness focused software features.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in available in black, white, blue and gold, and much like Sony's Xperia Z2, it's IP67 certified making it resistant against dust and water. There's also an Ultra Power Saving Mode that turns the display to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimise battery consumption.

Samsung CEO JK Shin said, "Our customers want durable design, a simple, yet powerful camera, and a phone that can help them to stay fit, and by going back to the basics, we have achieved that with the Samsung Galaxy S5."

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in April, although Samsung is yet to announce pricing details. It will, much like the Galaxy S4, be available in 16GB and 32GB internal storage models.

Check back soon for our Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on review. µ


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