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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5, Gear Fit Wrist Band at Event in Barcelona [PICS]

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This afternoon Samsung unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at an ‘Unpacked’ event held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The design of the Galaxy S5 is almost identical to that of the S4, retaining the metal-looking plastic around the sides, but changing the back to a dimpled soft-touch finish. The S5’s display is a slightly larger at 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display.

Samsung has incorporated a fingerprint sensor into the home button of their latest flagship smartphone, which can be used to unlock the device, make mobile payments, and more. The S5 comes with a USB 3.0 charging port and is rated at IP67 for water and dust resistance.

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Here is a breakdown of its specs:

  • 5.1-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • 2.5GHz quad-core CPU
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 16MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB / 32GB of on-board storage (plus microSD up to an additional 64GB)
  • GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2); Bluetooth 4.0 BLE / ANT+; NFC; IR Remote

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The 16MP rear camera is capable of shooting 4K video and real-time HDR (which works for videos as well). The company is touting fast auto focus and a better colour range. The S5 is equipped with a 2,800mAh battery and ultra power saving mode, which is set to improve battery life by about 20 percent.

The company’s new S-Health app will was made to work with their Gear line of wearable devices, along with the heart rate sensor that is built-in to the back of the Galaxy S5 beside the camera’s flash.

The Galaxy S5 from Samsung will be available globally (approx. 150 countries) on April 11 in black, blue, but the company has yet to release a price. Customers should expect to pay around $199 on contract for the device when it is released.

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Samsung has also taken another step into the health and fitness industry with its latest smart-band. The Gear Fit is the industries first wearable device that includes curved Super AMOLED touch screen display. The device features among other things a heart rate sensor, and keeps users up to date with instant notifications from their Galaxy smartphone (currently 20 Galaxy devices are compatible).

The device features changeable straps that come in Black, Orange, and Mocha Grey. Here are the detail specifications of the Gear Fit:

  • 1.84-inch (432×128) curved Super AMOLED display
  • Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, Sleep, Stopwatch, Timer, Accelerometer, Gyro
  • Changeable Strap, IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • 210mAh battery (normal usage 3-4 days)

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Yesterday, the company announced the Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo only 6 months after the release of the original Galaxy Gear. Samsung is trying to get ahead of Apple in the health and fitness area, as rumours point to a fitness-centric iWatch with a companion Healthbook app.

The Gear Fit will also launch in about 150 countries on April 11, but the Korean company has yet to give a price for the wearable device.

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  • Peter Parker

    Gotta love that samsung innovation…

  • It’ll be interesting to see how well the fingerprint reader works. S4 to S5 is another iteration, hope fAndroids go up in arms about this 😉

  • ECBomb

    Lol, they felt the need to steal Sony’s water + dust resistant aspect as well. Not that anyone else felt the need to. Underwhelming announcement IMO. I’m more looking forward to the Xperia Z2.

  • WatDah

    Quoted from The Verge:

    Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to
    activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and
    virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand. It
    can store up to three different digits, but it was very particular about
    the speed and orientation of the swiping motion used — if we weren’t
    doing a perfectly straight swipe down, it would refuse to unlock the
    phone.

  • Adele

    The gear fit looks smaller than their Gear but the orientation is wrong – looks like you will be reading everything sideways or having to hold your arm out straight to see it properly.

  • iFone

    This is what those fAndroids don’t get. It’s not about quantity, or who comes up with it first. It’s all about how to execute it to perfection, while keeping it simple and streamlined.
    If not, take a look at all those years that smartphone makers struggled to get the smartphone right, until Apple showed the iPhone and raised the bar. Same is going with happen to the iWatch; Apple will show you how’s done right.

  • Was thinking about this too. Awkward design.

  • Sad fandroid

    Not 64bit?

  • WatDah

    Amen. Except I hope Apple doesn’t make this “iWatch” and smack people in the face with something no one even thought about.

  • Nick

    Nope. No 64-bit CPU yet.

  • FragilityG4

    Samsung Galaxy S3,S,S

  • FragilityG4

    Why bother with 4K? It’s stupid and a waste of time and money.

  • Steve

    So they can claim first to market. So when the iPhone 7 or 7S rolls out with it, they can say, “psssh, we had that a couple of years ago”. Also, not totally a waste. I have in front of me a Sony 55″ 4K TV…

  • FragilityG4

    It is a complete waste for two reasons. One is there’s no media to play at that resolution (aside from some computer files) and two science says that sitting ten feet back (typical viewing distance) from a tv screen the human eye can not see the difference in pixels from 1080p to 4K … The human eye in fact can barely see the difference from 720p to 1080p. So unless you’re sitting inches away from your screen it’s a waste.

  • Jimmy

    Currently, to put 4K video recording into a phone is just a gimmick to try and attract customers.

  • Rob_2841

    The Xperia Z2 will be a much better phone overall then the S5, no questions asked.

  • Johnny

    The review of the fingerprint scanner was very poor, more sources (other than the Verge) are reporting that it doesn’t work more than half of the time.

  • Apple_Android

    For Apple to do it right, it has to work with more than just the iPhone. They need to make it cross platform, and if they can successfully accomplish that, they win, hands down.

  • Farids

    Spec Update: Gear Fit is designed to be more than a health companion like similar products from Nike and Jawbone. Fit is also a smart watch and can display incoming calls, messages, email and text. And it even helps in playing music and creating text and mail. And unlike the way the orientation looks, it is very easy to read and operate. And if the release software is as flexible as the beta test units, it can be even made to work with iPhones 😉

  • Steve

    Well it’s a good thing Apple doesn’t think the way you do, otherwise we wouldn’t have a 2048×1536 Retina Display on the iPad/iPad mini.

  • BillyBob

    According to Samsung execs the device will only work with Galaxy smartphones, nothing else. The have an open SDK to allow developers to develop apps for it, but there is almost no chance that it will work with an iPhone LOL

  • Farids

    Qualcomm will be releasing the 610 Quad-Core and 615 8-core 64 bit processors in Q4 2014 or early 2015. They are based on the real revolutionary A53 architecture, and are virtually computer CPU’s. Apple is already field testing a homemade custom version in the iPhone 6 prototypes. You may even find one left in a bar by a drunk tester 🙂

  • iFone

    Well, you clearly are using your ipad 10 feet away. Try to hold it closer so you can read better

  • Farids

    My friend, according to Apple, iOs devices can not be modified, yet we jailbreak them. Now, Tizen (the Fit OS) is Linux. It’s fully open sourced and can be modified quite easily. So, if Samsung does not load their stuff on the final gold OS and doesn’t compile anything with their own code, you can modify it very very easily and tailor make it to your liking. I can tell you at least one Fit VAR evaluation prototype I know of, in Canada, is coupled with an iPhone and is working fine with one bug: The watch connection to iphone drops when you connect a headset to the phone and you’ll have to reconnect the watch manually. Then both watch and headset work fine.

  • BillyBob

    All be it that it may work with an iPhone, Samsung will not make that a standard and neither will Apple. Something will have to be done to the Fit or the iPhone (i.e. jailbreak it) to make it work. Tizen will have to be modified in some way to work with iOS, and even if it can be, Apple will probably not except apps for those purposes.

    I understand what you are saying, but it won’t be as simple as you may think to be able to get them both to work together.

  • FragilityG4

    I guess you missed the part in my comment when I spoke of viewing distance.

  • IntelGuy

    Intel has also announced 64-bit Android-compatable CPU’s

  • Azeroth

    LOL

  • Farids

    I hear you and you’re absolutely right. Fortunately the devices themselves don’t have to be modified that much. They both work with the standard and universal Bluetooth 4.0 stack which needs to be adapted in both devices. But as you suspected, you only get the basic functions, and no apps! If you’re paying for a basic smartwatch, it is much cheaper and more reliable to go with a universal model like Pebble and enjoy tons of functions and apps without any issues. It is really the bug in human genes that make one fiddle around and poke gadgets, and make’m do what they are not supposed to 🙂

  • Anon

    Since I don’t know anyone who views their Retina Display iPads / Mac Pro’s from “inches” away, it must be a “stupid waste of time and money” on Apple’s part.

  • FragilityG4

    Would you feel better if I had said a foot? My point is that 4K is a waste of time/money on TVs for regular viewing.

  • Anon

    As a TV, watching it from 10 ft away, yes the difference would be barely noticeable. But from a few feet away, on a large 60+ screen, there is a major difference from 1080P vs 4K. Most of the people I know, use them as desktop monitors for their PC’s and are only a few feet away. Text and small images that appear blurry and unrecognizable on a 1080P screen, are now clear and crisp at 4K. My point – If people can barely tell the difference between 720P and 1080P on a large display, what more on a much smaller display such as an iPad or worse, an iPad mini? Why did Apple create a super super hi res Retina Display, for such a small device? That’s because there is a big difference, and you don’t have to inches away to see it. They can also produce it relatively cheaply, retail it for the same price as a non-retina, while still making profit. I remember someone making the same argument many years ago when 1080P screens started hitting the market, and that there was no need for anything above 720P. LOL

  • FragilityG4

    People who use large 55″ or large screens as computer displays sitting right in front of them are very much in the minority. Once again I was discussing people who are sitting in their living room watching TV. The higher resolution was noticeable and needed on iPads because you use it much closer to your face.

  • Farids

    Like yourself, I’m an Intel guy and have been providing my customers with Intel based computer systems since mid eighties. If you are referring to Intel Atom N2000 and D2000, those are really scaled down netbook class CISC processors to get and keep Intel in the mobile industry while Intel is creating their real mobile Soc (system on a Chip). Atom Soc have 64 bit Soc input and output. But the actual CPU has a 32 bit interconnect with other Soc components (36 actual bits,32 bits of data and and Media upstream). So even though one can say Atom is a 64 bit CPU, the data is going in and out through 32 bits. There are also power and heat inefficiencies related to CISC Processing in mobile devices. According to their roadmap, Intel is set to release their real 64 bit mobile Soc in Q4 2014. Then, every manufacturer will line up at their door and Quelcomm and all other mobile Soc manufacturers will be in trouble. If you like more detailed information, leave an answer here, and I’ll give you the full account of how things work with RISC and CISC processors and ARM architecture.

  • gdgdgl

    Did anyone else get more excited about the iWatch and iPhone 6 after seeing this? Samsung seems to have revealed a bunch of things like curved displays, heart rate monitors and so on. They just did a terrible job in execution. I think the iWatch will have at least this features (with more) and will be 10x better designed. I really think Apple is going to gain back market share in this next gen of phones. They seem to have invested in the better tech (like Saphire Glass, Headphone heart monitors, better finger print scanner etc.).

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