Galaxy S5 Unveiled, Along With New Wearable Technologies

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:33 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Galaxy S5, Samsung's latest smartphone featuring a built-in heart rate sensor, was unveiled Monday on the opening day of the world's biggest mobile fair in Barcelona, Spain.

The new Galaxy S5 smartphone, which also features a fingerprint scanner similar to Apple's iPhone 5S, has a larger screen than prior models. The device's screen has been increased from its original 4-inch size in 2010 to 5.1 inches. The screen can adapt to external conditions, such as dimming to avoid disturbing others in movie theaters and other dark places.

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The phone has a 16-megapixel camera, sharper than the 13 megapixels in its predecessor and can auto focus faster than previous models. The camera can blur the foreground or background of an image to emphasize a subject, the Associated Press reported.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 will go on sale worldwide on April 11. The company has yet to release its price; however, the smartphone's predecessor sold for about $600 without a contract, the AP noted.

Samsung is currently the world's largest smartphone maker with a 31 percent worldwide market share in 2013 compared to Apple's 16 percent share for iPhones, according to the Connecticut-based information technology research firm Gartner.

"Samsung is betting big on wellness, fingerprint reading and camera autofocus, while keeping a very similar look and feel for its hardware and software," Nick Dillon, a senior analyst at the research firm Ovum, told the AP. "The updates are so minor that on first glance most consumers would be hard pressed to notice that it has changed from the previous version."

On Sunday, the Korean-based tech company also unveiled the new Samsung Gear 2 smart watch and Samsung Gear Fit, a fitness band with a built-in pedometer and heart-rate sensor aimed at active consumers.

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"These devices are Samsung's commitment and vision to great experiences that matter the most to us all," Samsung European executive Jean-Daniel Ayme said during the products' unveiling. Both devices are water-resistant.

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