MWC: Samsung launches Galaxy S5

Samsung launched its Galaxy S5 in Barcelona overnight, taking the smartphone rivalry between it and Apple into another year.The phone is the latest in the popular Galaxy range and offers a number of improvements on the currently available Galaxy S4.

 

Samsung launched its Galaxy S5 in Barcelona overnight, taking the smartphone rivalry between it and Apple into another year.

The phone is the latest in the popular Galaxy range and offers a number of improvements on the currently available Galaxy S4.

The Galaxy S5 has been made water and dust resistant and Samsung claims it is capable of withstanding up to half an hour in 1 metre of water.

Like its rival the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5 has included a finger scanner for smartphone security and mobile payment options. It's also secured a deal with PayPal to enable online shopping payments via a finger swipe, upping the ante in the race to a cashless society. 

In line with the continuing trend for mobile fitness technology, the S5 has also includes a heart rate monitor designed to help users track and assess their activity and fitness level. This feature is designed to be paired with the Gear Fit, also announced at Mobile World Congress, but time will tell whether consumers use it as a standalone feature on the S5. 

Perhaps the most significant announcement is the Ultra Power Saving mode. It's not really a 'wow factor' but is undoubtedley a guaratneed crowd pleaser. It effectively turns all applications off and enables the smartphone to only receive calls and texts. Samsung claims that this will allow the phone to last up to 24 hours at 10% battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in store from April.

Comment: Charlie Brown on the Galaxy S5. 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Product Specifications:



Network 

LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)

Display

5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)

AP 

2.5GHz Quad core application processor

OS

Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)

Camera

16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)

Video

UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization

Video Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8

Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Audio

Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC

Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Camera

Features

HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More

Additional 

Features

IP67 Dust and water Resistant

Ultra Power Saving Mode

Download Booster

S Health 3.0

Quick Connect

Private Mode

Kids Mode

Google Mobile Services

Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)

Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+

USB: USB 3.0

NFC

IR Remote

Sensor

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor

Memory

RAM: 2GB

Internal Memory: 16/32GB

microSD slot up to 128G

Dimension

142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g

Battery

2800mAh

Standby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs

 

What do you think about the Galaxy S5 announcement? Is it enough to keep Samsung ahead of Apple?

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