Samsung yesterday introduced its next-generation Galaxy S5 flagship phone at its Unpacked 5 event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. As reported, the new device includes a fingerprint sensor built into the device’s home button, allowing users to unlock their handset and access private data stored on the phone. Additionally, the South Korean company also confirmed that it will be allowing mobile payments with the fingerprint scanner as well as using it as a security feature to make content in certain apps only accessible when activated by the user’s fingerprint.
Samsung’s sensor is activated using a swiping motion that scans the finger.
Samsung Galaxy S5 itself looks similar to its predecessors, though it is provided a special soft-touch textured backing and a water resistant casing. The front of the device features a 5.1-inch display at a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels, powered by a 2.5-gigahertz quad-core processor and two gigabytes of RAM. The smartphone runs Android “KitKat” version 4.4.2.
It has a 20 percent improved battery life and offers a built-in power saving mode that will activate a black and white display with limited app access when the battery is low.
There’s also a new S Health app that takes advantage of the phone’s new heart rate sensor. Users are just required to place their finger on the sensor to have it measure their pulse.
The new device also focuses on health and fitness, and provides a personal fitness tracker, which allows to monitor and manage their behavior. There are also a number of apps included, that are tasked to record diet and exercise records.
The next-generation Galaxy S5 flagship phone features a 16-megapixel shooter that comes with an improved menu and user interface. According to the company, the new device offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed, getting a shot in focus in up to 0.3 seconds.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is scheduled to go on sale in April.