Samsung has Offically Unveiled the Galaxy S5
kpopluv, Feb. 26, 2014, 10:26 a.m.
Samsung has unveiled its newest smartphone, the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Galaxy S5 sports a slightly larger screen at 5.1 inches than the previous generation at 4.99 inches. The weight and thickness are identical.
The S5, however, upgrades the hardware significantly. The most distinctive feature is a 16 megapixel auto-focusing camera. It also comes with a heartbeat sensor and fingerprint scanner.
Critics said the smartphone innovations have peaked, and there is little left that can be added to the repertoire. As the hardware capacities of rivals Apple, LG, Sony and Huawei improve, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Samsung to stay ahead of the game.
Samsung also unveiled three new smartwatches -- Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The Gear Fit is capable of gauging users' heart rate, as well as the amount of exercise gained by walking, running and bicycling. The wearable devices feature curved screens to enhance comfort.
Samsung plans to start selling the Galaxy S5 in 150 countries on April 11. Competition will heat up with the release of Apple's new iPhone in the second half of this year.