Samsung announces Galaxy S5 with fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and gold color option


Samsung has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone – the Galaxy S5 – at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Our colleagues over at PhoneDog have all the details:

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch 1920×1080 Super AMOLED display on its face, which is just a hair larger than the 5-inch 1080p panel found on the Galaxy S 4. Powering Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphone is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor that’s paired with 2GB of RAM and a 2800mAh battery. The Galaxy S5 comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage built-in, but that can be supplemented with a microSD card up to 64GB in size.

Samsung says that one of the most important features of any smartphone today is its camera, and so the company chose to make the shooter on the Galaxy S5 is one of its tentpole features. The S5 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with an autofocus speed of up to 0.3 seconds, HDR and a Selective Focus feature that allows the user to focus on one part of an image and blur out the rest. Also included is a 2.1-megapixel shooter on the Galaxy S5’s face.

But wait, there’s more! Samsung has packed its new Galaxy flagship to the gills with hardware features, including Cat 4 LTE for speeds up to 150Mbps, an IP67-rated body for resistance to dust and water and a new S Health 3.0 app with a built-in heart rate monitor and fitness tracking capabilities. The Galaxy S5 also includes a Finger Scanner biometric feature for added security and an Ultra Power Saving Mode that’ll turn the display black and white for those times when you need to stretch your battery as far as it’ll go.

Compared to Touch ID in the iPhone 5s, the fingerprint scanner in the S5 is not as advanced, but it’s a step in the right direction in terms of security and privacy. It’s also interesting that Samsung put so much emphasis on health in its keynote and in its products with heart rate monitors in the S5 as well as its companion smartwatches – the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. Apple is rumored to be working hard on health and fitness features for its next generation iPhone, iOS 8 and as-yet-unannounced iWatch.

What I’m most impressed about in the new Galaxy S5 is its water-resistance – something I’d love to see brought to iPhone. The camera also sounds pretty powerful and I’m looking forward to seeing some real-world tests when the S5 is released in April.

Samsung has maintained the plastic material for the Galaxy S-line of devices, although opting for a perforated, soft-touch texture which is an improvement. The gold colorway, almost identical to the gold iPhone 5s’s hue, is unsurprising but, then again, gold is best, right?

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear line of wearables? What does Apple need to do for its iPhone 6, iOS 8 and iWatch to stay competitive? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter: @TodaysiPhone.

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  • Guest

    Samsung just have to change the logo to a pear, they are trying to be like Apple

  • victormmr

    Samsung just have to change the logo to a pear, they’re trying to be like Apple.. Shamesung

  • Love Harris

    Samsung is so unimaginative it’s laughable.

  • Tom

    I’m done with today’s iphone you guys need to stop hating on android and stuff and making articles about android. Mines we’ll slap a androidandme2 logo over today’s iphone.

    • Bill Thomas

      Your on a web site called today’s iPhone not really sure what u are expecting!!

    • Adam Oram

      We cover Android devices sometimes, particularly from Samsung, as it interesting to iPhone fans from a competitive perspective. And I don’t think any of this article is hate. Simply calling it as it is, including some clear praise for the S5.

    • donnybee

      AndroidAndMe is about Android. Today’s iPhone is about iPhone. You want them consolidated into one site and cover both equally, but there are enough fans of each to dedicate a site for each. You need to relax.

      Oh and in my opinion, I’ve used 5 different Android phones – including the most recent, a GS4. They are buggy, laggy, they freeze, they hang, take longer to do the same tasks, produced slower network speeds (in my area), need ridiculously high specs just to run efficiently, not as portable (not the case with ALL Androids, but any that are worth buying), slower and fragmented updates, lower resale value, increased obsolescence rate, application experience/selection is lacking (most of the apps look and feel like they have no design at all), not as enticing for serious app publishers (easier to steal apps / fragmented device hardware and software that each app needs to be able to work with), most devices come with TONS of bloatware that can’t be uninstalled (even though Android fanboys swear on the customization of Android), not as many device-specific accessories (unless it’s a Samsung or HTC), and all of this comes in a package that costs about the same (brand new) as an iPhone.

      “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware”

      Android has a lot of work to do. In reality, though, their fragmentation is their foundation. They’ve built their image around it not being the same experience twice. But Android is really just a dime-a-dozen.

  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    This is just a wake up call for Apple. Samsung is coming for your head and I applaud them. Apple won’t make a waterproof phone. Apple will make a bigger screen because it’s time and people waited long enough. Apple has to reinvent the phone again or Samsung will takeover. I’m a Apple fan but the company needs to move in a different direction now. Where is the next Steve Jobs when you need him?

    • Adam Oram

      In what way do you think Apple should reinvent the phone again?

      • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

        Go back to the drawing board. The iPhone 4 broke ground. Touch ID was okay but it was expected. FaceTime was a great feature. NFC would be great because it’s getting pr

        • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

          Popular. I want more antennas in the phone so I can surf the web and talk on Verizon which what I have service. Better multitasking. Better battery life. Better Siri and a iWatch. Apple should be reinvent the health phone and watch.