Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday February 24, 2014.
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Samsung has finally put the rumors to rest and officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S5. At its Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, and a satellite showcase in New York City, the Korean manufacturer unveiled its new flagship Android 4.4 device.
The Galaxy S5 will debut in the United States this April, and it will bring predictable upgrades to the smartphone released last year. The phone has a 5.1-inch 1080p HD display with a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage, a 64GB micro SD slot, and a 2,800 mAh battery. Standard features like an IR blaster, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC are also present.
As expected, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is water resistant rather than proof (IP67 certification), so it cannot be submerged in water for too long. It also has a built-in fingerprint sensor capable of unlocking the device with a finger. That can also be used to authenticate PayPal payments or work with S Health to track health stats.
Samsung also made some big upgrades to the camera. The 16-megapixel rear camera is capable of recording 4K ultra HD video or HDR. When taking photos, a Real-Time HDR preview mode makes it possible to see the effects of HDR as they take photos rather than having to wait until taking a photo. There's also advanced auto focus for faster focusing, blurring the area outside of the focus point, and a Shot and More mode that takes a picture and then recommends settings that may be better suited for the photo.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.