Samsung announces the Galaxy S5, fingerprint sensor in tow

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The Galaxy S5 is finally here! After months of speculation and countless reports from the rumour mill we are finally able to embrace Samsung’s latest jewel.

Today, Samsung unveiled the next member in their Galaxy series at Mobile World Congress 2014. The Galaxy S5 is by no means something totally new compared to its predecessor but is rather an incremental upgrade judging from its specifications and the silicon it packs under the hood.

The handset features a 5.1-inch (13 centimetre), 432 ppi, 1,920-by-1080 Super AMOLED display coupled with a proprietary image chip designed to dynamically adjusts the screen colour tones.

Needless to say the software and hardware features speak for themselves, with the inclusion of a finger print scanner, pedometer in addition to the numerous additions to the TouchWiz framework as the usual ‘S-Apps’, Samsung aims to make an ‘all rounder’ phone.  The handset is IP67 certified, hence becoming the first Samsung Galaxy flagship to be dust and waterproof (up to 1 metre).

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Perhaps the most significant feature is the fingerprint scanner which can be harnessed with Samsung’s SDK. The back is textured plastic with a stipple pattern but it far from what some of us were expecting – A premium smartphone with metal finish as some rumours pointed out.

Hardware-wise we’ve got a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974-AC SoC along with the Adreno 330 GPU backed by 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM running at unspecified clock speeds, while a beefy 2,800mAh battery provides the juice. Variants will be offered in standard 16 or 32GB options expandable to 128GB via MicroSD. The Samsung Galaxy S5 measures 14.2 by 7.1 by 0.78 mm and and weighs 145 grams. While virtually similar to the Galaxy S4, the S5 does however get a 16MP snapper with a stunning 0.3-second autofocus along with 4K video recording at 30FPS while a 2MP shooter backs it all up. Naturally, the handset runs Android 4.4.2.

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Connectivity includes virtually any wireless feature you’d expect, this includes WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac with MIMO, LTE/WiFi aggregation and support for 21 frequency bands. 

Samsung hasn’t detailed exact shipping dates or prices but models are due to arrive early in April globally. The Galaxy S5 may be disappointment for some but the whole picture suggests that Samsung is concentrating on user experience rather than raging a so called ‘spec war’.

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