Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with fingerprint sensor, 5.1 inch display, 16MP camera, heart rate monitor, water and dust resistant body

BY Jason

Published 24 Feb 2014

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At the “Unpacked” event in Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Samsung today announced its next-generation Galaxy smartphone — the Galaxy S5. The device’s looks aren’t very different from the Galaxy S4, but it has a number of new features like a fingerprint sensor, a water and dust resistant body and more.

As rumored, the Galaxy S5 comes with a fingerprint sensor thats integrated in the home button, just like on the iPhone 5s. It can be used to unlock the phone or authenticate purchases online, starting with PayPal as the sole partner. Unlike the iPhone 5s, however, the Galaxy S5’s sensor requires you to swipe over the home button, which isn’t as comfortable.

The Galaxy S5 has the same design as its predecessor, including the plastic body, but has a new perforated back which Samsung calls the “modern glam” look. The device comes in four color options — charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.

Samsung is putting an emphasis on health, with the S Health 3.0 fitness tracker, that uses the inbuilt pedometer and a heart rate monitor to help users stay fit.

The device has a 16MP rear-camera that can shoot 4K video, and it claims to offer the world’s fastest autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds. It also has a new “Selective Focus” that lets you create photos with a depth of field effect.

The Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2.5GHz Quad core processor under the hood, with a 2GB RAM, and 16/32GB storage options. The device is IP67-rated, which means it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes without being affected. The 2800mAh battery included has a standby time of 390 hours, a talk time of 21 hours, 10 hours of LTE browsing and 12 hours of video playback.

Here are a few images of the Galaxy S5:

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