Samsung has taken the wraps off its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S5, in what is one of the biggest handset launches that we’ll see in 2014.
During a packed event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Korean firm showed off what it has been working on, impressing the assembled crowd with the large, high-spec smartphone.
The device takes the classic Galaxy stylings and refreshes them for a new era. Gone is the shiny finish seen on the Galaxy S4, replaced with a dimpled covering that will be much easier to grip. This stylish form factor houses a 5.1-inch display, expanding on the size of the firm’s leading handsets and pushing even closer to that of the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung is raising the bar of smartphone technology with the device, which includes a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. Other key specs include:
- 16 megapixel camera
- 4K video capture
- 1080p screen resolution with 415ppi
- Android KitKat
- Fingerprint scanner
Along with a fantastic array of specs, Samsung has overhauled its user interface in a change from what has been seen from the Galaxy range in the past. The new UI centres on a series of rounded icons that put a unique spin on the flat design that has become common amongst smartphone platforms of late.
The Korean manufacturer’s past few devices have featured attractive software that puts a user-friendly front on the Android basics, and we look forward to getting to grips with this new offering.
Samsung is also putting a big focus on health and fitness with the Galaxy S5, ensuring it works closely with the also-announced Gear Fit fitness band which can monitor your progress as you exercise.
There’s little doubt that the Galaxy S5 will sell by the tens of millions around the world, following on from the record breaking success of its predecessors. We’ll be reviewing the device in the near future to give you a detailed look at exactly what its capable of doing.
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