Barcelona: Today at the Mobile World Congress wireless show, Samsung unveiled its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Samsung mobile honcho J.K. Shin opened the presentation by saying his company asked customers what they most wanted in a phone. The answers boiled down to a desire for simplicity, nice design, fitness features, long battery life and a good camera. Landing with a fingerprint scanner integrated in the home button, it also features a heart-rate sensor seamlessly and surreptitiously next to the rear camera’s flash — a feature never seen before in a modern smartphone.
“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”
The device is water-resistant, and the screen itself adapts to changing external conditions and gives you an option to dim it when you don’t want to disturb others near you.
The specs: In short the new Galaxy S5 Features are
- Size: 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.31 inches
- Weight: 5.1 ounces
- Processor: 2.5 GHz quad-core processor
- Display: 5.1-inch Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 (~430 ppi)
- OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat (with Samsung’s latest TouchWiz on top)
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16/32GB, with MicroSD slot up to 128GB
- Cameras: 2.1 megapixels up front, 16 megapixels on the rear camera
- Video: Ultra HD @ 30fps, HDR, and video stabilization
- Wireless: LTE Cat.4, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, IR
- Battery: 2800 mAh
Samsung’s Galaxy S series has emerged as one of the strongest challengers to Apple’s iPhones and has helped the Korean company surpass Apple as the world’s largest smartphone maker. According to Gartner, Samsung’s smartphones had a worldwide market share of 31 percent last year, compared with 16 percent for Apple’s iPhones.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11 in 150 countries. No word on pricing, but here in the U.S., it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the phone to start around $200 with a two-year contract and to be available on all major carriers.
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