Samsung Takes the Wraps off the Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship Galaxy smartphone, the S5. It adds a number of new features, including a fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, and a feature called Download Booster which reduces download times for large files by bonding wi-fi and LTE for super-fast downloads. There’s also a 16 megapixel camera on board. For the health conscious, in addition to the heart rate monitor, there’s the S Health 3.0 app, which includes a personal fitness tracker, pedometer, diet and exercise records.

The device features a 5.1-inc Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 pixel screen. It is dust and water resistant to IP67, and features an Ultra Power Saving Mode that turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption. The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

The phone goes on sale in April and comes in a variety of colours, including charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold. It runs Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) and features a 2.5GHz Quad core application processor.

Operators have welcomed its launch. Patrick Chomet, director, terminals, at Vodafone Group Services, said: “The Samsung S5 is an exceptional smartphone with a stunning display, outstanding features and innovative camera. We’re looking forward to offering the S5 with our popular RED plans, giving customers a formidable combination of ultra-fast access to videos, music and apps on our 3G and 4G network.”

Gear Fit GreySamsung has also launched the Gear Fit, a curved, SuperAMOLED wearable wristband. It worls in tandem with a range of fitness tools, but also offers instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones, including incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, and third party apps. Changeable straps are available in black, orange and mocha grey. The Gear Fit goes on sale in April.