Samsung launches Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014

Samsung unveils its latest flagship smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

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Samsung today launched its latest flagship smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S5.

It revealed the handset at a packed-out event during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 in Barcelona, despite photos of the device leaking earlier in the day ruining the surprise.

The Galaxy S5 boasts a 5in screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, but measures just 8.1mm thick. The device is still based on Google’s Android operating system and runs on the latest version – 4.4 or KitKat.

Coming in black, white, blue or pink, the smartphone has a perforated case, which has split the critics in their first looks. But adherence to the IP67 standard – protecting the inside from dust and making the handset waterproof – has received a lot of praise.

The 16-megapixel camera enables the phone to capture 4K ultraHD videos, and Samsung claimed users will be able to auto-focus and shoot a picture in just 0.3 seconds.

The firm also made boasts about speed, supporting LTE/4G connectivity and the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard. It revealed a feature called Download Booster, which enables the device to utilise both 4G and Wi-Fi networks to speed up downloads.

Battery life is said to be extended with the introduction of an ultra power saving mode, which switches the screen to black and white and turns off all but the essentials of phone and text, meaning if the device has 10% battery it can last for another 24 hours. With normal use, Samsung claims the battery can handle 10 hours of 4G web surfing or 12 hours of HD video playback.

Samsung has also added a fingerprint scanner – with the image stored and encrypted on the device – for accessing the smartphone and to enable users to make payments in one touch. 

For those with a passion for fitness, there is a built-in pedometer, calorie tracker and heart rate reader.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will launch on 11 April 2014 in 150 countries. Both Vodafone and EE have already confirmed they will be selling the device in the UK. 

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