Samsung Galaxy S5: With fingerprint, heart beat sensors

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung has unveiled its latest flagship smartphone Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a more rugged design compared to its predecessor, enabling it to resist dust and can be submerged under three feet of water in 30 minutes without being damaged.

As we have previously written, the new smartphone from Samsung comes with an integrated fingerprint scanner, similar to the iPhone 5S. The difference is that the Galaxy S5 requires a vertical swipe on the home button to read your thumb print and can store up to three fingerprints from different individuals.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a faster 2.5GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with 1080p resolution, which is bigger than the 5-inch Galaxy S4 and the 4-inch iPhone 5S. It also has a sensor just below its 16-megapixel camera that reads your heart rate by placing your fingertip, as well as a perforated design at the back for an easier grip. The device sports an IP67 ruggedness rating, and comes in gold, white, blue, and black. Samsung also claims its camera is equipped with the “fastest-ever autofocus for a smartphone.”

While the launch event was held in the biggest stage among mobile companies, Samsung’s presentations at the Barcelona Opera House Orchestra was noticeably more low-key compared to its launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 last year in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available for retail beginning April 11. The South Korean company did not divulge how much it will cost.

Source: NBC News

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