Samsung’s next-gen flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, was recently announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show. The handset is set to compete head to head with Apple’s iPhone 5S by sporting its own fingerprint sensor.
The South Korean tech giant’s response to Apple’s Touch ID also sports a fingerprint scanner under the home button, allowing users to unlock their handset and access private data stored on the phone. Samsung has also partnered with PayPal to enable mobile payments with its fingerprint scanner. Unlike Apple’s Touch ID, which simply requires that users press their finger against the home button for it to be scanned, Samsung has employed technology that requires a “swiping” motion to read a print.
The redesigned handset also has a “perforated” polycarbonate exterior on the back, while the front of the device is a 5.1-inch display that runs at a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 is also IP67 dust and water resistant while running on Android “KitKat” version 4.4.2.
Samsung’s fifth-gen Galaxy S device is apparently focused on health and fitness as well, including a personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, not unlike the step tracking M7 coprocessor found in Apple’s iPhone 5S.However, Samsung has also included applications that can record diet and exercise records and the device also has a built-in heart rate monitor that can be used to measure a user’s pulse.
The new heart rate monitor is located on the back of the device, next to the camera’s flash. Users must place their finger on the sensor to have it measure their pulse. To that end, Samsung has also announced a separate wearable device dubbed the Gear Fit, which is a smaller wrist-worn accessory that connects with the company’s ecosystem of devices.
As far as the camera specifications go, the Galaxy S5 has a 16 megapixel camera that is accompanied by an enhanced menu and user interface. Samsung also claims that it has the world’s fastest autofocus speed, getting a shot in focus in up to 0.3 seconds. Another new feature introduced by Samsung is the Ultra Power Saving Mode, which turns the display to black and white and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize battery consumption. Samsung says battery life with the Galaxy S5 is improved by 20% over its predecessor.
Last but not least, for wireless connectivity, the Galaxy S5 sports high-speed LTE, as well as 802.11ac next-gen Wi-Fi. A new “Download Booster” is also said to improve download speeds by using LTE and Wi-Fi simultaneously. The President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, JK Shin, had the following to say regarding the new device:
With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers. 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.
Source: Samsung via The Verge