Samsung Annouces S-5 Smartphone, Activity Trackers

Samsung announced their Galaxy S5 today at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixel display, powered by Snapdragon 2.5GHz quad-core processor (in some markets) coupled with 2GB of RAM, and runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat

The camera now has a 16-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities, and supports real-time HDR processing. The S5 supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2X2 MIMO, and supports a large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. Samsung will be offering the Galaxy S5 in 16GB and 32GB variants, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB. The smartphone weighs in at 145 grams and features a 2800mAh battery, rated to deliver 21 hours of talktime, and 390 hours of standby time.

Samsung says that it’s sold over 200 million Galaxy S phones since the line first went on the market in 2010. By comparison, close to 500 million iPhones have been sold since Apple’s smartphone launched in June, 2007.

The S-5 features an enhanced S Health 3.0 feature with more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a personal fitness tracker, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor.

The Galaxy S5 is scheduled to launch globally in April and will be available on all major US carriers.

Samsung also introduced the Samsung Gear Fit, a curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for activity tracking. It doesn’t have a camera or mike, but is designed for activity tracking. The Gear Fit isn’t running on the Tizen platform or Google’s Android, according to Re/code. Instead, it uses a real-time operating system, similar to that on a feature phone. The wristband is compatible with many of the Samsung Galaxy models, but not with other Android devices or the iPhone.

The new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo allow users to accept or ignore incoming calls and messages, and providing instant notification options based on a user’s activity and habits. Both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are Tizen-powered, reports C/Net. The Gear 2 has a 2-megapixel camera, but the Gear 2 Neo has no camera or mike.

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