Yesterday afternoon in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S 5. The new flagship device delivers the usual spec updates that we’ve come to expect from annual upgrades, but Samsung managed to deliver some brand new features as well.
Getting the specs out of the way first, the Galaxy S 5 features a 5.1-inch full HD display powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 16MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16 to 32GB of internal memory, a 2800mAh battery and Android 4.4. In short, it’s the kind of flagship device you would expect in 2014.
“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. “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.”
Despite having some phenomenal specs, that’s not going to be enough for everybody. How is Samsung avoiding a year of being called Samesung? The Galaxy S 5 will follow the iPhone 5S’ lead and feature a finger print scanner on the front of the device. Completely new to mobile phones, it also has a heart rate scanner on the back of the device which ties into Samsung’s fitness apps that help you stay fit and reach your goals.
Here’s a video breakdown of all the new features:
If you want to watch the full Unpacked event, which includes the reveal of the Galaxy S 5, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit, you can watch it below:
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