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Samsung Unveils its Flagship Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Category: Mobile
Posted: 12:02AM

The Mobile World Congress kicked off today, with plenty of new smartphones and tablets expected to be unveiled during the show. One of the biggest names in the market, Samsung, started things off with a bang, as it officially announced the Galaxy S5 smartphone. If you get flashbacks to the Galaxy S4 and SIII when looking at the S5, you aren't alone. Samsung is sticking with the same rounded rectangle shape on the outside (just with an improved back for extra grip), however it's all the interior components that really set this new flagship phone apart. The S5 features a 5.1-inch, 1920x1080 Super AMOLED display (slightly larger than the S4's 5-inch screen), is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (faster CPU, GPU, and memory bus speeds), and runs Android 4.4.2, albeit with Samsung's TouchWiz skin on top.

Samsung has outfitted the Galaxy S5 with 2GB of RAM, either 16 or 32GB of storage that can be expanded to 128GB via microSD, and 802.11ac MIMO for download speeds up to 867MBps. The Category 4 LTE can do 150Mbps down and 50Mbps, provided your carrier is even capable of those speeds. You can even download over WiFi and LTE at the same time for even faster speeds, just try not to blow past your monthly data allotment in a single sitting. Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are included on the S5, as is an IR blaster to control your Samsung TV. A 2800mAh battery powers the whole thing, with up to ten hours of Internet browsing on LTE and 12 hours of video playback promised. Charging the phone is handled via a micro-USB 3.0 port, just like the one on the Galaxy Note 3.

A 16-megapixel camera with LED flash sits on the rear, while a 2-megapixel one sits up front. Samsung has outfitted the camera with a hybrid autofocus lens and an improved image sensor, with the company promising a 0.3 second autofocus time and "advanced HDR" capabilities. The camera interface itself has been revamped, so hopefully that means an even easier time taking pictures. Next to the rear camera's LED flash is a heartbeat sensor; just hold your finger over it and see what your heartbeat is after a workout or run (or other activities).

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is scheduled to arrive April 11 in the U.S., but no word on which carriers (probably all the major ones) or at what price. It'll come in black, blue, gold, and white, with other "designer colors" and patterns arriving later.

Source: Ars Technica and Time Tech

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