Samsung wheels out latest Galaxy

S5 includes finger scanner, 16MP camera, but breaks little ground

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Samsung wheels out latest Galaxy Samsung’s Galaxy S5 makes no significant leaps forward from its predecessor.
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 25, 2014

Samsung Electronics last night wheeled out the fifth generation of its flagship Galaxy S series, the S5, at a special event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

For a full set of Galaxy S5 specifications, check out our gallery.

The S5 does now make any real strides forward from its predecessor. It does have a finger scanner, but so did Apple's iPhone 5S, launched in September. Also notable is that the handset still runs Android (KitKat). Samsung had only the day before launched the next generation of Gear companion watches, which run Tizen, the Linux-based open-source platform over which Google has no control.

The camera is more powerful than the S4's, at 16MP, and it has an enhanced feature set, but compared with sensors in some smartphone cameras from Nokia and Sony, the S5's model does not particularly stand out in the current market in terms of power. But Samsung does claim the camera has "the world's fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds".

"With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers," said JK Shin, president and head of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. 

For a full set of Galaxy S5 specifications, check out our gallery.

"Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people-inspired innovation."

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