It's finally here.
After much speculation and buzz, Samsung unveiled the latest iteration from its flagship line—the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
As for the hardware, it features:
- Display is a 5.1 Super Amoled screen with full HD
- 16 megapixel camera with real-time HDR that's able to record in 4K
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Heart-rate monitor located on its back
- 12 hours of video playback
- 2.5 gigahertz processor
- Fingerprint sensor
- Waterproof and dustproof
The phone will come in four colors (gold, black, white and blue) and drops April 11th worldwide.
Samsung also introduced the Gear 2 smartwatch (they dropped the Galaxy from the name) and the Gear Fit, which is a smaller version of the watch that is geared for those who want to workout while wearing the device.
Outside of a few differences, the Galaxy S5 seems to be a lightly improved version of the S4. While many fed into rumors and expected an iris scanner this time around, Samsung didn't deliver, and instead provided similar technology to the fingerprint scanner found in the iPhone 5S—which isn't a bad thing. Samsung is giving users more incentive to buy into their family of products with the introduction of the Gear Fit and the Gear 2. Health seems to be taking precedent in the prospects of future technology (Apple, Google and Nintendo have all made plans to develop health-centric devices), and Samsung is one of the first to strike thanks to the S5's built-in heart rate monitor and the Gear Fit. Now other companies will be playing catch-up with Samsung, at least in this department.