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Samsung Galaxy S5 Is Waterproof, Adds Fingerprint Sensor

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Feb 24, 2014, 2:03 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 24, 2014, 2:49 PM

Updated: added details, refined post

Samsung today announced the Galaxy S5, the fifth-generation of its flagship smartphone. It borrows a bit from the design language of the Galaxy Note 3 in that it is less round around the edges and more square - what Samsung calls the "modern glam look." The phone is more refined, but is also clearly a member of the Galaxy S family. Samsung worked to improve the camera, which rates 16 megapixels. The autofocus function has been sped up to help improve time-to-capture, as has the HDR function which can now work with video. Samsung has added a depth of field control to help blur the background, called Selective Focus. The video camera can capture 4K Ultra HD video. The GS5 puts more of an emphasis on health and fitness with revised S Health apps and services. S Health interacts with a built-in pedometer to help track activity, and a heart rate monitor tracks the owner's heart health. Samsung also has worked to incorporate S Health with third-party apps. The phone features a 5.1-inch 1080p HD screen, dual-band Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO, and Category 4 LTE speeds. The GS5 has what Samsung calls a Download Booster, which uses Wi-Fi and LTE together to increase download speeds over the air. Like the GS4 Active, the GS5 is water and dust resistant thanks to an ingress protection rating of IP67. The device has a 2,800mAh battery and Ultra Power Saving Mode, which turns the display black and white and shuts down all but the most essential apps and services to save battery life. It is powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM; NFC and Bluetooth 4.0; and it comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage. It supports microSD cards up to 128GB. Last, the GS5 adds a fingerprint scanner for biometric security and a trick swipe-to-pay feature. The device will be available globally beginning in April.

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Let me predict the reaction... Rusty Shackleford Feb 24, 2014, 2:51 PM
TOO BIG and still has terrible phyiscal button layout bofis Feb 25, 2014, 2:34 PM
Thank god for Fingerprint sensor marufio Feb 24, 2014, 4:19 PM
The OS is still buggy and the phone is second class! macking301 Feb 25, 2014, 4:46 AM
High Expectations Doom Wolf Feb 24, 2014, 3:46 PM
Little Disappointed Shakezula84 Feb 24, 2014, 4:23 PM
 
 
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