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Samsung has finally opened its locker to the world and has introduced the highly discussed and massively anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 at the Samsung Unpacked Event during this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).
The South Korean tech giant today unveiled the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, dubbed the Galaxy S5. And according to the company, the device is "designed for what matters most to consumers" with the Galaxy S5 set to offer consumers a more refreshed experience "with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use."
While the new device has a familiar look and design, the S5 will indeed arrive with a few new features that are useful for everyday life. There are several features that include a fingerprint scanner, a heart rate sensor, and a newly re-created TouchWiz UI to compliment the Android v4.4 KitKat.
"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.
This one is important if you are looking to save some battery juice before really starting to use the device seriously. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, while shutting any and all unnecessary features that will automatically minimize the overall battery consumption.
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 certified and is resistant to dust and water. It offers a Finger Scanner that provides a secure and biometric screen locking feature. This is also coupled by a less hectic and safe mobile payment experience. Other useful features include a Private Mode and a Kids Mode where kids will access only the apps that you specify for them.
The Galaxy S5 comes with an improved S Health 3.0 feature that offers even more tools to help people stay fit and well. The feature aims at providing a comprehensive personal fitness tracker that help users monitor and manage their bodily behaviors. And these are coupled with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new and a built-in heart rate monitor.
The Galaxy S5 will offer the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance that's currently available. Providing blazing fast data speeds, the S5 will power its connectivity with the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, while supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. There's also the Download Booster to offer an even faster internet.
The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality and features a 16 megapixel camera with improved menu and user interface. The camera also bosats the world's fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds with advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR) that reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. There also the new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background.
"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," he added.
The Galaxy S5, which, surprisingly, doesn't arrive this time with a more than enough slew of brand new S features, features a similar 1080p Super AMOLED panel as it previously offered with the Galaxy S4. The display is a 5.1-inch with a swappable back cover. It also looks like Galaxy S5 has a back cover that feels like leather and is probably an impressive looking polycarbonate build
Apart from that, the device comes with an external microSD card slot and a removable 2,800mAh battery (which is IP67-certified, being water and dust resistance). The S5 also offers a a 16-megapixel primary camera sensor (contrary to the popular rumors related to a 20 MP camera) that features UHD recording capability and real-time HDR for both photos and videos.
Other specifications, as expected, include a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. There's an IR remote, coupled with NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE/ANT+ and Cat 4 LTE (speeds up to 150Mbps down/50Mbps up).
Users have the option of choosing a variant that's either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Also, users can add up to 64GB externally via a microSD card for further memory expansion.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is scheduled to arrive on April 11 in 150 markets simultaneously, although any potential pricing details are yet to be unveiled.