Samsung releases the Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 Smartwatch

Ian Kersey from Intomobile 24/2/14 brings us the news of the Galaxy S5 release.

As expected, Samsung unveiled its 2014 flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona on the 24/2/14. The Galaxy S5 is an impressive device, taking the design of the Galaxy S4 to a whole new level. The GS5 is water and dust resistant, rocks a 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080 display and includes a fingerprint reader on the home button, as well as a heart rate monitor on the backside.

The Galaxy S5 carries on Samsung’s penchant for plastic housings for its smartphones. The back panel has circular dimples, giving the device a bit of a rugged feel.

Here are the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5:

  • 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • NFC, LTE Bluetooth 4.0
  • 5.1 inch 1920 x 1080 display
  • 16 or 32GB of storage, microSD slot for expansion
  • 4K video and adjustable focus
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • IR Blaster
  • 2,800mAh battery (up from 2600mAh)
  • 16MP rear-facing camera (up from 13MP)
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • WiFi 802.11ac
  • Dimensions – 142mm x 72.5mm x 8.1mm (previously 138.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm)
  • Available in charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue, and copper gold

Samsung Galaxy S5 Evolution

“People want a high-quality yet easy-to-use camera built into their smartphones so that they can snap, edit and share like a pro. With the Galaxy S5 we were able to incorporate all of these needs without sacrificing the device’s design, style and general functionality,” says Ki Hyoung Son from Samsung Electronics’ camera R&D group.

Samsung is marketing the device as being designed to be used with the company’s Galaxy Gear range of smartwatches, with key features such as its S Health 3 software taking real-time readings from the watch.

Samsung hasn’t announced when it will begin shipping the Galaxy S5, but it will more than likely hit store shelves soon.

Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo Smartwatches

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch

The Gear 2 (right) and Gear 2 Neo expand Samsung’s wearable line to a pair of smartwatches. The main difference between the two new models is that the Neo lacks a camera. Also, the camera on the Gear 2 is now built into the main watch body rather than the strap as per the previous  model. That’s a big plus for owners who may want to swap the provided strap with one of their own.

Each of the two new smartwatches includes a heart-rate sensor as well exercise modes, making them bona fide fitness wearables — not just tiny windows to your smartphone. The watches now have their own music players, too, able to output audio wirelessly to Bluetooth headsets.

Extra bonus: The watches also have an infrared emitter so you can use them as a basic remote control for your TV, just like Samsung’s recent tablets and phones.

This generation of Samsung smartwatches is powered by Tizen, which Samsung is now saying is its official operating system of wearables (the previous Gear was Android-based). As more and more devices become “smart” — from smartwatches to thermostats to TVs — a new platform war is emerging, and Samsung appears to have nominated Tizen as its champion in that arena.

It’s unclear what the switch to Tizen will mean for the compatibility of Gear apps, but at least you can use these models with more devices: Samsung says the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will be compatible with dozens of the company’s phones.

Like the original Galaxy Gear, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo each sport a 320 x 320 1.63-inch touchscreen. The new models pack a dual-core 1GHz processor (the original was single-core 800MHz chip) as well as 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage (same as the original).

Without the 2-megapixel camera, the Gear 2 Neo is slightly lighter than the Gear 2, 1.9 ounces vs. 2.4 ounces. Both watches are available in Charcoal Black and Wild Orange, while the Gear 2 also comes in Gold Brown and the Gear 2 Neo can come in classy Mocha Gray.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with watch and man

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Galaxy S5 Press Release

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers

February 25, 2014

The company’s 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter
Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

Tap into the fastest connections
The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active
With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look
The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com