Samsung launches its latest flagship along with its latest batch of wearable devices.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is now available for sale in 125 countries around the globe. Announced at the Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy S5 comes with new features like a finger scanner, a heart rate sensor and the ability to resist dust and water through the IP67 certification.
Every facet of the device has been changed from the Galaxy S4, at least as far as the internal hardware is concerned. The Galaxy S5 features a slightly larger 5.1-inch full-HD screen, a faster 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC (Exynos 5422 Octa for international markets), a better 16 MP ISOCELL camera sensor that can shoot 4K video at 30 fps and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac along with LTE Category 4 connectivity (Snapdragon 801 variant).
From a design point of view, the Galxy S5 is relatively unchanged from the Galaxy S4. The front of both devices looks the same, with the same bezel size and button placement. The back of the device has been changed and now features a textured design, but the material itself is still soft touch plastic. The amount of RAM is also unchanged from the Galaxy S4 at 2 GB.
Samsung has toned down the number of gimmicky features on the Galaxy S5, instead focusing on fitness-oriented utilities with the presence of a heart rate sensor and S Health 3.0. The new finger scanner can be used for authentication, but its usage isn’t as straightforward as placing your finger on the home button. You have to do a swiping motion with your finger for the sensor to authenticate. Samsung has mentioned that users should be able to authenticate their digital purchases through the finger scanner, so it should be interesting to see how that feature works in real world usage.
The Galaxy S5 is available for $850 unlocked in the US. Most carriers are offering the device for $249 on a new two-year contract. If you’re interested in getting the Galaxy S5 today, Ebay has a daily deal that lets you buy the device for $629.99.
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are also available starting today. Both smartwatches run Tizen and boast more functionality than the original Galaxy Gear. Both watches are certified IP67 dust and water resistant; boast a 1.63-inch 320×320 screen, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300 mAh battery. The Gear 2 comes with a 2 MP camera, while the Gear 2 Neo does not.
Lastly, the Gear Fit is also launching today. The device is Samsung’s first fitness tracker and features a curved OLED screen that shows incoming notifications like calls, texts and emails. The Gear 2 and Gear Fit are available for $299, while the Gear 2 Neo is on sale for $199. Through the Ebay daily deal, you can get the Gear 2 for $269 and the Gear Fit for $184.