Korean tech-giant Samsung unveiled it’s much awaited smartphone – the Galaxy S5, on the opening day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
The fifth phone in the Galaxy S series comes with additional fitness and security features, apart from the usual ones.
The smartphone runs with the latest Android KitKat version 4.4.2 operating system, with a 5.1 inch screen. It also comes with IP67 dust and water resistance, which makes it water proof like the recently unveiled Xperia Z2.
A defining feature of the Galaxy S5 is its enhanced biometric security system: a fingerprint scanner for locking the screen and making mobile payments. This feature has so far only been available in the Apple iPhones.
Another important feature is the phone’s 16 megapixel camera, with fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and a selective auto focus feature which allows users to create a shallow depth of field effect.
Samsung has also included various fitness tools, including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a built-in heart rate monitor. This feature is inline with the company’s attempts to market the Galaxy S5 as a lifestyle product.
Galaxy S5 will be available across markets in April, in black, white, golden and blue. It Price range for the phone hasn’t been revealed yet.
A photo has emerged online which may have been taken by a Samsung Galaxy S5. The photo’s data reveals that it was taken by a Samsung device with the model number SM-G900-V.
That model number has been associated with the Samsung Galaxy S5 before – namely the model expected to be available via US network Verizon. However, it is the first time we’ve seen concrete evidence a device with that model number exists.
The image was published to Flipboard by user @123fliptest. Commentators have suggested that the user may in fact be Samsung. They have also posited that the name may hint at deeper Flipboard integration in the Galaxy S5.
Previous rumours have hinted that the Galaxy S5 would come with the new Magazine UI.
However, the agreement between Samsung and Google to bring the version of Android found on Galaxy smartphones back in line with Google’s guidelines could mean that is no longer the case.
The photo’s EXIF data revealed that the photo comes with a resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels. Depending the sensor Samsung uses in the smartphone, that could result in the Samsung Galaxy S5 coming with a 21 megapixel camera.
In order for the phone to come with a 21 megapixel sensor, it would need to retain the 4:3 sensor used in Samsung’s existing smartphones.
However, it has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 could come with a 16:9 sensor. If true, it would mean that the phone would feature a 16 megapixel sensor.
That makes more sense, especially considering previous reports that the phone would come with a 16 megapixel OIS lens.
It is widely expected that Samsung will unveil the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress next month.