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Samsung Galaxy S5: Hardware Specs, Features and More

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has made its statement during the 2014 Mobile World Congress and now we know everything about the flagship Samsung phone for 2014. The latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy Family will be powered by the Android 4.4 operating system.  The Galaxy S5 will come with a 5.1-inch, 1920×1080 display, which pushes it closer to the phablet territory.

Along with its larger display the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with an updated design. The latest Samsung smartphone will come with a similar rounded edge case design that its predecessor. The change to the case is the new perforated design on the back that gives the smartphone a leather-like look. Additionally, the pill-shaped home button can now be used as a fingerprint sensor and heart-rate sensor by the user.

New Features

The updated design to compliment the increased display size of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is not the only change coming to the latest Samsung flagship smartphone.

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Fingerprint Sensor: The new fingerprint sensor featured can be used to register three separate fingerprints, which can be used as a way to lock and unlock your phone. This new fingerprint sensor also allows users to set-up a Private Mode where they can save private information in case someone finds a way to gain access to your Galaxy S5.

The fingerprint registration not only works for unlocking your phone but also making authorized PayPal transaction. This PayPal integration means that you can authorize online payments through this method or, potentially, at retail stores that accept PayPal mobile payment

Heart-Rate Sensor: In addition to the fingerprint sensor acting as a security system for your phone it can also act as a heart-rate monitor. The sensor will be able to track your pulse and provide that information to the S Health 3.0 fitness monitoring app, which will also track the calories your step count and calories burned.

4K Video and 16 Megapixel Camera: As we saw earlier this year with the increase interest in 4K TV’s at CES, the Galaxy S5 will come with a 16 megapixel rear camera that will also have the capabilities of capturing 4K resolution videos. This addition of 4K video capture capabilities makes the Galaxy S5 one of the first phones in the market that will have this feature. The camera will also come with a slow motion function and a post-capture refocus selection. Finally, the camera on the Galaxy S5 will have a hybrid autofocus that is promised to lock on in as few as 0.3 seconds.

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Download Booster: The Download Booster technology that the Galaxy S5 will come with will allow users to use the LTE and Wi-Fi simultaneously. This will open up the possibilities of downloading something up to 90% faster than if you were only using LTE or Wi-Fi individually.

Water and Dust-Resistant: The Galaxy S5 was announced to be water- and dust-resistant to IP67 specifications. This means that the Galaxy S5 can be immersed in water up to 3 feet.

Updated Specs: On the spec side of things, the Galaxy S5 will also come with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, and either 16GB or 32GB of storage with a expandable microSD storage slot. It will also come with a black and white mode that will help you save your battery’s power, with a promised up to 10 houts of LTE web browsing.

While no official release date has been announced both TechCrunch and Techradar are reporting that you can expect the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be released sometime in April of this year.

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Source: TechCrunch and Techradar