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Samsung Galaxy S5 Launching in 150 Countries On April 11

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch is just six weeks away.

We’ve been hearing about the Galaxy S5 unofficially for months now. Today Samsung finally confirmed the device and we finally got to see the technology we've been talking about since last year.

 

The Galaxy S5 packs a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display that uses the ambient light sensor to automatically adjust not only brightness but also color, so viewing your phone's display in the bright sunshine isn't just about cranking the brightness all the way up.

The phone runs on a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, although Samsung hasn't yet specified which one, and packs a 16-megapixel camera with real-time HDR (so you can preview your photo with and without HDR before you take it). This HDR feature also applies to video. The camera can also autofocus in 0.3 seconds, and a new selective focus feature allows you to blur out objects in the background for a more 'professional' look to your photos. That might make professional photographers cringe, but users that take photos almost exclusively on their phones have been craving the ability to tweak the depth-of-field, even if it is artificially shallow. 

 

The fingerprint sensor is exactly as rumored and can be used to securely unlock the phone, but also for Private Mode, which allows you to protect certain documents, photos, or other content. As reported last week, the fingerprint sensor is built into the home key and requires you to swipe downwards across the entire button to record your print. It can also be used for secure PayPal login.

Samsung is also highlighting health and fitness with the GS5. The phone comes with a fitness tracker, a heart rate sensor (via the LED on the back of the phone, underneath the camera), and a nutrition tracker, all managed via Samsung's S Health app. The phone is also IP67 dust and water resistant, so you don't need to worry about damaging the phone when you take it hiking with you.

The S5 supports LTE Category 4 (150 Mbps), includes 802.11ac WiFi (2x2 MIMO), and can combine LTE and WiFi in what Samsung calls 'download booster' mode. It comes with a 2800 mAh battery, which the company claims provides 10 hours of web browsing over LTE and 12 hours of video playback.

The phone itself looks very much like previous iterations of the Galaxy S phones. It's got a soft touch, perforated backing and is available in electric blue, black, white and gold, but Samsung is promising designer covers as well, so you're not limited to the cover you buy. 

The Galaxy S5 will hit on April 11 in 150 countries. This is quite a departure from Samsung's usual tack of launching in one territory at a time. No word on pricing yet, but we'll keep you posted!

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    house70 , February 24, 2014 12:38 PM
    Always take rumors with a grain of salt. The end product is an incremental evolution, rather than a revolution, but a great phone nonetheless. Remains to be seen if they'll release a GPEdition.
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    borisof007 , February 24, 2014 12:44 PM
    Would love to know the pricing structures and storage levels. And RAM confirmation too (is it 2gb or 3gb?)
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    stratplaya , February 24, 2014 1:17 PM
    Not much innovation with this release. I'm betting Samsung fan boys will be holding onto their S4's for a bit.
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    Kunari , February 24, 2014 1:30 PM
    Well, it's an evolutionary product like all new "high-end" smartphones. Not surprised the rumors didn't really match. Not excited about the finger-print nor gold color...
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    Be0wulf22 , February 24, 2014 2:05 PM
    Samsung fanboy on the release of a new iphone - "So much for apple being an innovator! har har"

    Happens every time. After months of snide comment following the release of a new iphone about how Samsung is the real innovator, Samsung's new innovation is what....a fingerprint scanner and the option to get it in gold. Har har indeed.
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    imattUSA , February 24, 2014 2:29 PM
    Fingerprint scanner? No way.
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    nuvon , February 24, 2014 3:10 PM
    Finger pring? ha ha.... Samsung, please go sue Apple for "copying" your idea...
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    bochica , February 24, 2014 3:43 PM
    Me due for an upgrade in the next few months, I don't care what it has on it. I need the damn thing to be released.
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    house70 , February 24, 2014 3:59 PM
    Quote:
    Would love to know the pricing structures and storage levels. And RAM confirmation too (is it 2gb or 3gb?)


    From Android Central: RAM is 2GB, storage 16 or 32 (2 variants). Problem is, the ROM itself apparently takes about 8GB, so... unless you get the 32 GB version, the only good alternative would be the GP Edition.
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    back_by_demand , February 24, 2014 4:20 PM
    May only be incremental on the S4, but how many S3 users on a 2 year contract will see this as a natural upgrade? 3 to 5 is a significant jump
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    Blazingdeath , February 24, 2014 4:55 PM
    As someone still rocking an S2 with my 3 year contract just expiring, it's awesome to see this coming out soon! Due for an upgrade!
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    Scar89 , February 24, 2014 5:00 PM
    Eh. Not too impressed with these new phones yet. A new rom has given my s3 alot of new life. Finger print scanner is meh, lawsuit from apple waiting to happen.Waterproof/dust proof is interesting.
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    usbgtx550 , February 24, 2014 6:02 PM
    Honestly, it's probably just going to be a smaller note 3. I do not see Samsung undercutting the Note by making the S5 significantly, or even marginally better.
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    vpoko , February 24, 2014 6:42 PM
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    [Android phones had finger print scanners 2 years before Apple came out with one. You should learn to research before typing fanboi nonsense!

    The deal here is that a fingerprint scanner isn't interesting on any phone. I'll be getting an S5, despite the well-documented power button issue I've had with two S2's, but it's not because the S5 is innovative; I just expect it to be a solid phone. No one's innovating with smartphones anymore and that's probably OK, anyone attacking a particular cell manufacturer's lack of innovation is just trolling.
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    bombebomb , February 24, 2014 7:03 PM
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    Finger pring? ha ha.... Samsung, please go sue Apple for "copying" your idea...
    I was waiting on someone to say this, Android had fingerprint scanners long ago, before apple.
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    Scar89 , February 24, 2014 7:10 PM
    Eh. Not too impressed with these new phones yet. A new rom has given my s3 alot of new life. Finger print scanner is meh, lawsuit from apple waiting to happen.Waterproof/dust proof is interesting.
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    Cons29 , February 24, 2014 7:43 PM
    Quote:
    Samsung fanboy on the release of a new iphone - "So much for apple being an innovator! har har"Happens every time. After months of snide comment following the release of a new iphone about how Samsung is the real innovator, Samsung's new innovation is what....a fingerprint scanner and the option to get it in gold. Har har indeed.
    both sides comment like these, apple/samsung being this and that. but you know what the main difference is? Apple fanboys buy each and every iteration, they line up outside as if 7 virgins are being offered to them
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    czar1020 , February 24, 2014 8:09 PM
    Ty baby jesus AC wireless
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    ericburnby , February 24, 2014 8:47 PM
    People who have used the fingerprint scanner already say it's average at best. Have to scan your finger, not too fast, and keep it straight. At least with Apple's Touch ID you simply press and it unlocks. With your finger at any angle. Much faster and user-friendly.

    And Samsung hasn't said anything about what they do with your prints. Apple has been very specific about how fingerprint data is stored (it's a hashed mathematical expression that can't be reversed to create an actual print) and where it's stored (a separate area of the processor itself as opposed to normal storage on your phone).
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    bombebomb , February 24, 2014 10:00 PM
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    (it's a hashed mathematical expression that can't be reversed to create an actual print)


    If you believe that, then I have something for you to buy. Sure it may be difficult to reverse, but possible, none the less I would rather "touch" the button than slide my finger but I reckon apple has a patent on that.
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