Samsung Galaxy S5 with Fingerprint Sensor and Heart Rate Monitor Launches

by Istvan Fekete on February 25, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially unveiled yesterday in Barcelona, and here is what we know about it. Compared to last year’s model, the S5 brings the familiar feel but with minor design improvements. In fact, from the front, the S4 and S5 are hardly distinguishable from each other, despite the latter’s 5.1-inch display.

The South Korean smartphone maker has retained the familiar metal-looking plastic shell on the S5 and changed the charging port to USB 3.0. The handset comes with an integrated port cover for waterproofing, as it is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, which means it can be submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

During yesterday’s event, the company emphasized the Galaxy S5’s focus on heath and fitness. For those who are waiting for the fall launch of the next-generation iPhone, this could easily act as a hint that this is the road Apple will walk: maybe with the iWatch?

The Galaxy S5 packs a heart-rate monitor that will track your pulse and send the data to S Health 3.0, the fitness monitoring application, which, by the way, already tracks steps taken and calories burnt.

But one of the outstanding features of the high-end device is the built-in fingerprint sensor. Some may think that Samsung has copied Apple, and they may be (sort of) right: Samsung was second to launch a device with integrated biometric sensor, so the credit goes to Apple.

Anyways, there are noticeable differences between the two fingerprint sensors: the one built into the S5 requires users to swipe their finger instead of placing it on the home button like with the iPhone 5s.

The partnership with PayPal brings great benefits for S5 users: they can unlock the phone with their finger, but most importantly, they can authorize PayPal to make payments online for anything, a much wider-reaching use of the biometric sensor than Apple’s.

The handset also packs a 16 MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K and slow-mo videos, as well as providing post-capture refocus selection. In terms of tech specs, the S5 comes with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, NFC, LTE, and Bluetooth 4.0, and you can choose between 16 GB and 32 GB models.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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