Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Latest Flagship Smartphone Features a Heart Rate Sensor and Fingerprint Scanner

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Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday (February 24, 2014). The latest flagship smartphone from the South Korean brand was finally launched into the crowded market almost a year after the Galaxy S4 was first launched. Physically the Galaxy S5 looks a lot like its nearest predecessor with the same rounded edges and plastic backing. The back of the device features a rubberized, indented dotted case, so it feels better in the hand.

Compared to the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S5 is taller and heavier as it weighs 145 grams and measures 142mm by 72.5mm by 8.1mm. The handset also has a slightly larger 5.1-inch high-definition 1080p display and a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Besides, Samsung included the fingerprint scanner to its latest product. This feature is used to unlock the phone and make mobile payments.

In addition, Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with two interesting features: real-time high-dynamic range (HDR) photography and video capture, and post-processing focus alteration. Especially, the S5 is water resistant, so a photo could be captured underwater as well. Users can even record underwater video in Ultra HD 4K at 30fps. A 2-megapixel sensor is offered on the front, too.

Moreover, Samsung added a heart rate monitor to the Galaxy S5 just next to the rear-facing camera flash. When you gently push your finger over said sensor, the phone logs your current heart rate. Other notable specifications include a 2,800mAh battery, 2GB RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, USB 3 and Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy. The S5 runs the latest version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of the mobile operating system.

Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday (February 24, 2014). The tech giant provided four color cases: black, blue, white, and bronze. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday (February 24, 2014). The tech giant provided four color cases: black, blue, white, and bronze. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

Samsung Galaxy S5, whose official release date is April 11th 2014, itself landed in much the same physical design shell as its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S4. It was still plastic but felt a lot nicer in the hand. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

Samsung Galaxy S5, whose official release date is April 11th 2014, itself landed in much the same physical design shell as its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S4. It was still plastic but felt a lot nicer in the hand. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

The latest smartphone from the company was almost completely resistant to dust and waterproof to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

The latest smartphone from the company was almost completely resistant to dust and waterproof to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. (Photo credit: Andrew Hoyle)

Samsung Galaxy S5 featured a heart rate sensor along with a fingerprint scanner and a roster of muscular specs. (Photo credit: Nate Lanxon)

Samsung Galaxy S5 featured a heart rate sensor along with a fingerprint scanner and a roster of muscular specs. (Photo credit: Nate Lanxon)

Samsung Galaxy S5’s Full HD 1,920x1,080 Super Amoled screen was 0.1 inches larger than Samsung Galaxy S4. It's taller and heavier than the S4, too. (Photo credit: Nate Lanxon)

Samsung Galaxy S5’s Full HD 1,920x1,080 Super Amoled screen was 0.1 inches larger than Samsung Galaxy S4. It's taller and heavier than the S4, too. (Photo credit: Nate Lanxon)

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This article was published on 2014/02/25