The ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has sprung a few surprises. For example, Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant, has launched three new wearable devices. It has also unveiled a 5th generation Galaxy S series phone called Galaxy S5.
Samsung President, J. K. Shin, said that with the Galaxy S5 Samsung has gone back to the basics. The phone will deliver capabilities that customers value the most. The Galaxy S5 retains the iconic design of Samsung’s flagship series and is packed with useful and essential features to deliver the ultimate smartphone experience.
1. Upgraded specs
It was rumored that the Galaxy S5 would have a 4K screen, but that has not materialized (the phone has a Super AMOLED screen instead). If you are a tech geek, the hardware on the phone will make you go weak in your knees. The Galaxy S5 has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (2.5 GHz), 2GB RAM, 16 megapixel camera (back), 2.1 mega pixel camera (front) and 16 or 32 GB internal storage. The phone is fueled by a 2800 mAh battery.
2. Improved camera features
The Galaxy S5 has the fastest autofocus speed compared to any other phone available in the market right now (0.3 sec). It also has advanced HDR technology (High Dynamic Range) which reproduces natural color and light. With the Selective Focus feature, you can focus on specific portions of objects and at the same time, blur the background, giving that depth-of-field sense.
3. Water resistant and dust resistant
The phone has an Ingress protection rating of 67, which means it is water resistant (up to three feet) and dust resistant. The Samsung S5 also has a few features found on the iPhone 5s, such as a fingerprint scanner (home button). You can use the fingerprint scanner to lock documents and confirm PayPal payments.
4. Fast internet connectivity
The device is powered by Android 4.4. It also contains support for 4G LTE (for super fast internet) and Wi Fi 802.11ac. Another new feature is the Download Booster, which combines WiFi and mobile broadband, to boost data speed. So no matter where you are, if there is free WiFi in the vicinity and your mobile internet is turned on, you should have a fast internet connection.
5. Features for healthy living
Health freaks will find the Galaxy S5 especially useful because it has many tools to help you keep fit. The phone comes with a personal fitness tracker with tools like pedometer, exercise and diet records. There is even a heart rate monitor. You can enhance your experience with third party applications or pair the phone with Samsung Gear products.
6. New battery power saving features
If you want to conserve battery life, just switch on the Ultra Power Saving Mode which will shut down unnecessary features, minimizing battery consumption.
7. Release date
The Galaxy S5 is expected to be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce, and carriers on 11 April 2014. Samsung said this “global” release would cover 150 countries. We’re not certain that this first release would include Malaysia, but Malaysia has always been a priority market for Samsung. Thus, we think there is a good chance it will be released in Malaysia at that time.
Here’s a Samsung-Backed Video Introducing the Galaxy S5
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