Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 smartphone

February 25, 2014 • Gadgets and Gaming, Top Stories

Korean device manufacturer Samsung on Monday night unveiled their new flagship mobile device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – the Galaxy S5.

Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone (image: The Verge)

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone (image: The Verge)

The company showed off the highly-anticipated device, which measures 5.1 inches. Although it’s only a fraction larger than the current Galaxy S4, the company opted to continue with a resolution of 1080p, and a Super AMOLED display panel.

“Samsung has retained the familiar metal-looking plastic surround on the S5, though the charging port (now USB 3.0) comes with an integrated port cover for waterproofing. The S5 is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time”, wrote The Verge.

In terms of connectivity, the S5 offers super-fast network connectivity through LTE Cat 4 and WiFi MIMO. What this means is, the device will be able to combine LTE and Wi-Fi to create a super-fast internet connection.

For the camera, Samsung has opted to replace the current camera with a 16-megapixel sensor, with 4K video capabilities, and now also supports HDR processing for better photos. For those with a healthy streak, the device also incorporates a built-in heart sensor.

For its processor, it features a faster, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a larger battery for better performance. In fact, the company claims that even if the battery is on 10%, it can be used for another 24 hours.

“The S5 is as fast as you’d expect — Samsung has ensured that its flagship phone is one of the most powerful on the market for a number of years now, and the S5 is no different,” The Verge added.

The Galaxy S5 is scheduled to launch globally on 11 April, and will be released in South Africa on 21 April, with other African markets soon to follow.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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