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Mobile World Congress 2014 - Samsung

Mobile World Congress 2014 - Samsung


While HTC had a great time at the Mobile World Congress, the lack of a flagship handset was seen by many as a missed opportunity.

This is where Samsung has stepped up to the mark, unveiling what has been quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated handset of the year (bar the HTC M8).

While some have seen this reveal as an incremental update at best – it is undeniable that Samsung has managed to create another fantastic handset with the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung's Advertorial for the new handset


Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was the most sought after handset of 2013, with the tech giant shifting over 40 million handsets in a 6-month period – how do you follow something that popular?

The answer is probably innovation, which Samsung has managed to keep close to the heart of the Galaxy S5.

Innovation and integration

What Samsung has done is take the already popular Galaxy S4, improved the bits that were already great, and constructed upon the bits that let its last handset down. The Galaxy S5 has kept its close ties with Samsung's love of everything high tech and it almost breaks the bank with what is possible to cram into a smartphone these days.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Handset

The S5 comes fully equipped, sporting a 5.1-inch 1080p HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage with MicroSD card support for cards up to 128GB, a 16 megapixel rear camera capable of recording video at up to 4K resolution, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,800mAh removable battery, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, USB 3.0, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi MiMO (Multi-Input Multi-output) which, according to Samsung, is a "5th generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO technology equip Galaxy S5 with two internal Wi-Fi antennas to double the connection and accelerate the speed of your Wi-Fi like never before".

The device is also waterproof with an IP67 certified rating, which will help ensure that the device lasts until the release of the Galaxy S6.

It also appears that Samsung has taken a leaf out of Apple's book and become heavily interested in biometrics, with the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner as well as other wellbeing apps and fitness accessories – more on these later.

It would appear that Samsung is pretty darn pleased with its new camera efforts as the company describes it as being one of the handset's main selling points.

The main camera feature, which Samsung has been shouting about, is Real-Time HDR - users can now turn on Real-Time HDR and view the final shot or video footage while filming – and all of this is captured without any post-processing or shutter lag.

Another useful feature is Selective Focus Mode. This feature allows you to blur the image, whether near or far, and create 'one-of-a-kind' images – professional photographers think 'Bokeh'. and you've got the right idea.

Keeping healthy – so you can buy more Samsung products

The Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone to come with a built-in Heart Rate Sensor. This feature allows you to check your resting heart rate by placing your finger over the camera flash. Simply take part in any form of exercise and you can check your heart rate again after your workout – a useful feature for you health nuts out there. It also ties in with Samsung's health app suite, imaginatively called 'S Health', which will enable you to make use of the new Samsung wearables announced, such as the Samsung Gear Fit and Samsung Gear 2.

Samsung S Health Suit


Gear Fit

The Samsung Gear Fit could be mistaken for an attempt at being a Sci-Fi-esque accessory were it not for the fact that it is comprised of mainly screen and strap.

Being a wearable means that the Gear Fit cannot be jam-packed with the highest of tech but the tech it does manage to utilize is impressive nonetheless. The Gear Fit is packing:

  • 1.84” curved Super AMOLED touchscreen display;
  • IP67 certified dust and waterproof;
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Sensor;
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE (for connectivity to your other Samsung devices).

Samsung is also claiming that the Gear Fit will have a typical usage of three to four days, or low usage of up to five days – impressive!

Samsung Gear Fit, all colours

Gear 2

The second wearable that Samsung has announced is the sequel to the hugely popular Samsung Gear smartwatch (we're here, we're Gear, get used to it). The Gear 2 is almost identical in terms of usage as the Gear Fit, only it comes in the shape of a watch rather than a wristband.

The tech in the Gear 2 is slightly superior to that of the Gear Fit:

  • 1.63” Super AMOLED display;
  • 2.0 megapixel autofocus;
  • Metal body;
  • IP 67 certified dust and water resistant;
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Sensor, IrLED;
  • Typical usage two to three days, low usage up to six days;
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE.

The Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch


Recently leaked Galaxy S5 Zoom

There has been a recent leak of an image depicting a new handset called the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom, following on from the last generation S4 Zoom – as we know Samsung is a stickler for keeping this device series running.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom is rumoured to be powered by an Exynos 5 hexa-core CPU running at 1,300MHz, accompanied by 2GB RAM.

With the Zoom line of handsets being dedicated to those who like to keep snap happy, the camera has been improved upon with a rumoured 19MP image sensor, sporting an output resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels. In addition, the handset will be capable of full HD video recording. A supplementary 2MP front-facing camera is also thought to be present on the device.

Conclusion

All in all, Samsung had a great show at the Mobile World Congress. The group managed to get a lot of press attention, which helped it build awareness for its new handset and accessories.

While HTC was looking at playing the outsider game with its announcement of the 'Power To Give' app (an app which HTC is hoping will help users change the world), Samsung has chosen to focus on its consumers and has released apps as well as wearables based around getting the users to learn to help themselves – a healthy consumer is a happy consumer, no?

This concludes the second part of our MWC 2014 blog series. Our attention will be turning next to old Finnish mobile competitors Nokia and a look at its latest handsets foray into the world of using the Android OS on its phones.