Another press event goes a bit awry as we all receive full details of the handset which is yet to be announced on stage. The event hasn’t even started and, as I speak, there’s music still playing, However, we now have official confirmation of the Samsung Galaxy S5. It’ll be available on April 11th in over 100 countries.
Yes, it will have a fingerprint scanner, but it’s not just for security it’ll secure your banking and payment details too. You can lock down also enable a “Private Mode” to access pictures on your device.
A 16 megapixel camera and a hugely fast autofocus which’ll take less than 0.3 seconds to complete. The “Selective Focus” feature is confirmed also, which lets you alter the depth of field after snapping a photo. The auto focus is immensely fast and should – according to Samsung – mean the end of blurred shots. It’ll record video and snap photos in HDR and you get DSLR-like camera technology inside. THey’ve added a new companion chipset which means better precision and a faster response time. It’s the fastest ever auto-focus for a smartphone.
4G and the fifth generation WiFi is on board. There’s also something called a “Download Booster” which bonds 4G and WiFi together for a supercharged download! It’s the “fastest and most stable” WiFi performance too. It’s not “just” 4G either. They’ve got 8 bands of full LTE compatibility.
Inside there’s some additional benefits for keeping you fit, including the newly improved S Health 3.0, which will include a fitness tracker to make sure you’re keeping healthy. Like me. ;) There’s a heart rate sensor – a real time fitness coach together with the Samsung Gear.
It’s IP67 waterproof and dust resistant and there’s longer battery life with the Ultra Power Saving tech on board. This will turn the screen to black and white and shut down non-essential things. This means, even when you hit 10% battery life, you’ll have an amazing 24 hours standby time.
As for those all-important specs, expect a 5.1″ FHD (1920×1080) screen, Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU. At the back is a 16 megapixel camera and, up front, a 2 megapixel shooter. Inside there’s a 2800mAh battery and 2GB RAM with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage depending on the model. You can up that to a massive 128GB with a microSD card slot. NFC and an IR remote also feature.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Product Specifications:
|LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)|
|5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)|
|2.5GHz Quad core application processor|
|Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)|
|16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)|
|UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilizationVideo Codec : H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM|
|Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLACAudio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA|
|HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More|
|IP67 Dust and water Resistant|
|Ultra Power Saving Mode|
|S Health 3.0|
Google Mobile Services
|Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube|
|WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+USB: USB 3.0|
|Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor|
|RAM: 2GBInternal Memory: 16/32GBmicroSD slot up to 128G|
* Memory options may be varied by product model or available regions
|142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g|
|2800mAhStandby time: 390 hrs / Talk time: 21 hrs|
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SAMSUNG UNVEILS THE GALAXY S5
Fifth generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives
24 February, 2014, Barcelona, Spain – Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to people. The new Galaxy S5 offers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.
“We’ve decided to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5 and focus on the features and things that matter the most to our customers – namely the camera, ability to view and download data and content quickly and their health and wellbeing,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “People want a smartphone that enhances and enables their mobile life. The Galaxy S5 represents just that, and we’re excited to see the response to our latest flagship smartphone device.”
The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fastest network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.
Capture the moments that matter
Being able to capture and save precious memories is one of the most important features that a smartphone can have. The new Galaxy S5 has superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface so you can effortlessly take, edit and share photos.
The Galaxy S5 has the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), so it is possible to reproduce natural light and colour with striking intensity at any time. Also new is a Selective Focus feature which means you can focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, you no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.
Tap into the fastest connections
The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.
The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MiMo, and the largest LTE frequency supporting Category 4. If that wasn’t enough, for anyone looking for an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 also features Download Booster, a Wi-Fi technology designed to boost data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where you are, you are guaranteed to have the fastest available connection.
Be more fit and active
With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help you stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help you monitor and manage your behaviour, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. You can further customise your experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.
Express modern, glam look
The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of colours, including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.
Essential device protection
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience. The Ultra Power Saving Mode 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.
Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com
and to pre-register, please visit www.samsung.com/uk/galaxys5.