Samsung has unveiled the much anticipated Galaxy S5 today at its “Unpacked” event in Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. The new flagship handset from the Korean company doesn’t look much different from the Galaxy S5 but has a number of new features like a fingerprint sensor and a water / dust resistant body.
It’s powered by a 2.5GHz Quad core processor, with 2GB of RAM, 16 / 32GB of storage and is IP67-rated, which means it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without being affected. It’s battery, rated at 2800mAh, has a standby time of 390 hours, a talk time of 21 hours, 10 hours of LTE browsing and 12 hours of video playback.
One surprising feature lies with its 16MP rear-facing camera which can shoot 4k videos and claims to offer the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds. There is even a new “Selective Focus” feature which lets you create a depth of field effect with photos.
The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the home button just like the iPhone 5s and is used to unlock the handset, authenticate purchases online (starting with PayPal) etc. The way the fingerprint sensor works, however, is a little bit different from how Touch ID works on the iPhone 5s. You need to actually swipe over the home button which isn’t as comfortable.
The Galaxy S5 has the same plastic body as before, but now it has a perforated back which Samsung calls the “modern glam” look. There are 4 colors available which include: charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.
There is also a big emphasis on health, with the S Health 3.0 fitness tracker, that uses the inbuilt pedometer and even a heart rate monitor to help users stay fit.
You can take a look at how it compares to the iPhone 5s below courtesy of iPhonehacks:
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