Samsung Galaxy S5 made official: 5.1-inch HD screen, fingerprint scanner, and heart rate monitor in tow

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone official at Mobile World Congress with a whole bunch of new features.

Mobile World Congress

After much ado at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official. It's running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage (plus microSD). The screen measures in at 5.1 inches and 1920 x 1080 resolution, with an IR blaster and USB 3.0 rounding out the inputs.

The 16 megapixel camera on the back can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, and has a new selective focus to provide simulated depth of field. The 0.3 second autofocus time is also pretty impressive. Samsung is reporting 21 hours of talk time from the Samsung Galaxy S5's 2800 mAh battery, plus a new power-saving mode that flips the display to black and white. You'll also find a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. In-line with the more sporty features of the S Health app, the GS5 is fully dust resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter of submersion. Feel free to dig into the full list of specs here, and check out our hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Mobile World Congress.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launching globally in April. Who's in? Full press release is below.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers

The company's 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 - Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

"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 & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. "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."

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter

Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world's fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

**Tap into the fastest connections **

The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung's retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

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  • Uhhh too soon? Posted via Android Central App on the AT&T HTC One.
  • OMG, its a bigger S4...
  • One year on, and this comment is still in my head.
  • And it still looks shit. Posted via Android Central App on my Nexus 5
  • It's a phone, not a girl! I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • Lol Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • So? The Nexus 5 looks better than this, and even though it's from Apple, the iPhone has the best outer shell.
  • The Nexus 5 is a hunk of plastic garbage with poor battery life. Nexus users wish they had a true product. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • 1. With basically all of Samsung's products, you *know* just by looking at them that they are plastic. The Nexus 5 on the other hand, does not look entirely plastic.
    2. You've been saying every Nexus device before and since the Galaxy Nexus has had "poor battery life" but then go on to claim in another post that you "wouldn't touch it with a 10ft pole". How do you know it has poor battery life if you've never touched it? Retarded hypocrite.
  • Err em You've just used the word "troll" ;) I get where you're coming from. I detest trolls too
  • Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung period. Haters will hate buyers will buy. We know you ain't buying so take the hate elsewhere. Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 on Tmobile via Android Central App
  • 1. Plain and simple we know you're a paid Samsung shill, period.
    2. I can't help but laugh that you still think one needs to be "buying" in order to make a comment on the topic, while spewing all sorts of a "hate" against everything not-Samsung.
  • Nice.
  • +1 Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Dat aint it mane Posted via Android Central App
  • why are the back button and recent apps reversed?
  • They aren't. Same way on my S4.
  • Same on my S3 as well.
  • Same on my S2 too.
  • Actually not the same cause none of those ever had s recent apps button. And I would assume he means compared to other phones with the same button setup. N5, moto x, Sony phones and so on. Posted via Android Central App
  • 16 gb ill pass this means no 32 gb for sprint just like the s4 never came with 32 gb
  • Gee, still pushing a 16gb model. 32gb should be the bare minimum.
  • I agree! Especially considering the S-Series is supposed to be a higher end line. I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • 16gb is for cost savings and a broader audience. If there wasn't a 32gb model, there'd be an issue. AC App via Nexus 5
  • There can't be that much cost difference between 16 and 32 GB these days, this is supposed to be a premium phone. I suspect that having the 16 GB model just gives them an excuse to charge more than they otherwise could for the 32. Posted via Android Central App
  • This phone is a huge disappointment Posted via Android Central App
  • Right? Mess.
  • Oh come on, 2gb?
  • Is it the amount of ram that matters? Or the speed and efficiency? I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • Considering the "lower end" Note 3 has 3 GB of RAM. YES... Posted via Android Central App
  • On what planet is the Note 'lower end'. Its THE flagship device.
  • Not sure where your at but here on Earth, my note 3 is ultra high end, not just for Samsung, but it's the most powerful phone ever built by any manufacturer and out specs almost all tablets.
  • +1 AC App via Nexus 5
  • Must be trolling considering 2GB of RAM is solid. AC App via Nexus 5
  • access denied when trying to see the full specs on the link in this article
  • Wow... really? That's it? There's a glitch in the matrix...
  • <-- Had an explosion in his pants! Samsung FTW
  • Dude the Note 3 is better than this Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D
  • Kinda pissed after following this for months.... They just made a bigger S4. Still 2 GB of RAM and same screen, WTF gives. F*ck outta here with that! Even though I have an upgrade in July, I might still just keep my S4, this is very disappointing.
  • To be fair, this upgrade makes more sense for owners of the S3. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • +1, most people are still on an every other year upgrade pattern. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've got an s3 but I think a phone with 3 GB of ram is needed. I think I might skip on the s5 Posted via Android Central App
  • Totally agree. But don't all the rumoured flagships from fellow manufacturers contain 2 GB of RAM? Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • I think that's good Samsung didn't push the screensize further. Anyword on the processor? 800? I hope T-Mobile gets the 32GB S5. I guess the day will never exist, not the S3, not the S4, and apparently not the S5 will ever have 64GB's of internal memory. I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • What's funny is that the 64GB versions were announced for the S3, but they never came to market. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • I don't necessarily -need- 64GB's of internal memory, I would just like to have a smartphone I feel would be set for a long while. I have a 64GB sd card in my S4, and it still has 41GB's of available storage remaining, I've been using that memory card since I got my S4. I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • Trust me, I don't need 64GB of storage either, but it would be nice to have. I've had bad experiences with SD cards, so it'll be a LONG while, before I put another one in my daily driver. I would much prefer on-board storage. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Maybe I'm stupid, and that's quite possible, but if you can put in a 64GB microSD, what's the big deal? You can move apps to the SD card, right?
  • Nice. Sony and Samsung are on to something with waterproofing phones, keeping micro SD slots, and having good specs. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Making it waterproof is a nice addition. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • It's water RESISTANT, not PROOF.. there's a big difference!
  • Samsung said it can go underwater. Water resistant means spill and such want affect it (Moto X). But waterproof (S5 and Z1, Z2) can be immersed underwater. Posted via Android Central App
  • Still the same...
  • You forgot to include region locked handset in the list of 'features'.
  • Lol Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Cheaper model guys. Trust me...
  • Source? Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • I'll be going with the next HTC One for my work phone and an iPhone 6 for personal. Sorry Samsung. Not buying it this year. Posted via Android Central App on the AT&T HTC One.
  • Well, that's a giant "meh".
  • How the heck do they have this to report when im watching the damn orchestra play live at the unpacked event?
  • No kidding, 3 songs deep in a concert and they are already breaking the yet to be released news? Kind of weird.
  • They often actually have access before the official reveal and articles are ready but they just can't tell us.
  • Thanks!
  • OMG they changed the UI
    I think people can finally try to not look like retards using a Samsung Galaxy
  • Or you know they can use a custom ROM or a custom launcher and an icon pack. Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D
  • Gross and what I expected. I think Samsung is desperate to let someone else get control of the Android market. We just need someone with a better device (not too hard), good carrier relations, and decent marketing. Stock Android LG could be the ticket.
  • Stock android LG already exist in the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5... Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • You just described the Nexus 5 I am typing this from. Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D
  • Samsung actually did themselves a favor, by not having a big, flashy event. They learned the hard way, that the S4 didn't live up to the hype. So, knowing that the S5 would be an incremental upgrade from the S4, they chose the safer route of unveiling it at Mobile World Congress. They save money from not hosting a standalone event, and they'll potentially beat others to market because of the early release date. I was never really interested in the S5, as I'm staying with the Note series, but I have to say that I'm impressed with their release strategy. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • But.....but.....they didnt ad an extra row of! Lol
  • Lmao Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • +1 I'm a little disappointed but hey, what were we all expecting? This is just a slight upgrade from the S4 but the Note 3 still trumps it.
  • I won't lie: what makes these unrealistic expectations (at least, to me) is all of the crazy rumors, renders, and concepts leading up to release. But, yeah, there's no way I would have seriously considered moving from the Note 3 to this. And, I agree, there's only so many ways to design a phone. A phone is a phone is a phone, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Precisely!!! It's a phone! I just don't get the usage of the word "sexy" and phone in the same sentence. I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • Doesn't mean they have to look like crap though.
  • +1
  • This is true - it is just a phone. So, I guess the hype-train has busted everybody's expectations of a 64bit, 8-core processor and 3/4GB RAM. I know I was looking forward to those kind of specs. So, here I am with my Galaxy Nexus still wondering - what to do...what to do....
  • N5, G2, or HTC one 2+ m8++++ when it comes out.
  • I traded in my galaxy nexus to TMo for a G2 and couldn't be happier. Posted via Android Central App
  • Exactly...This release makes LG look pretty good. The G2 has been future proof (in the context of mobile phones at least), the vast majority of phones become tired and old news after 6 months. The G2, except for the software, is still top notch (13 megapixel camera with image stabilization, great screen, and that beastly 3000 mah battery). The Samsung galaxy S5 what we all expected...another galaxy...yawn.
  • The note 3 is still the better option. Posted via Android Central App
  • Staying with my note 3 as well, Note 4 will get the heart rate monitor and finger scanner. I've had all 3 notes, I root, ROM and debloat as soon as I get them and they run smooth as butter. Not impress with the S5. Most note owners know once you get a big screen phone, it's hard to go back. I am hoping the note 3 will get front facing speakers.
  • can't wait for the HTC M8. kinda knew samsung would go this route, aka, same recipe as before, just pack as many "features" as possible. *commence headache*
  • Based on the leaks, I wouldn't expect the M8 to look much different either. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • This is Htc's chance to shine but looking at their past track record they will mess something up. Posted via Android Central App
  • But that's a good thing. Not necessarily the case for the S5 when it looks like the S4.
  • As expected no 2k screen or 64 bit proccessor since in my opinion is still too soon but even though I prefer what sony has done with the z2 , samsung added some somewhat useful features and improved on software which is what matters. Posted via Android Central App
  • Eh do we really need a 64 bit cpu? Not too much benefit unless 4 GB of RAM or more. Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D
  • Lmao Galaxy S6 FTW Posted via Android Central App
  • This is hilarious, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Too big and ugly back cover design! But the ui looks better, and the specs are good! Still too much gimmicks tho! Should have a 64gb model! It is almost great but not quite! I'll wait for the next Nexus phone! Posted via Android Central App
  • I wonder how durable that charging port cover will be in the long run...... I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
  • So...damn..let...down........
    They keep saying that they "listened" whats all this b.s.?! Posted via Android Central App
  • Exactly. They didn't do a dam thing to answer what the customers asked to change. Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks like a S1 with a bigger screen... Other than the fact that Samsung now has an excuse for stopping future OS updates for the S4 I don't see why anyone with a S4, Moto X or HTC One would even consider this phone. Nothing new about any of this. Fingerprint scanner? Really?
  • I wonder how they implement heart rate monitoring. Will it be able to detect (and record) atrial fib episodes that can happen any time, bur rarely when one happens to be checked out by a doctor.
  • Don't look for major upgrades each year. If you entered in at the Galaxy S4 time, the S6 is probably the phone you're looking for. The S5 is more so geared for the S3 upgrades. Only us gear heads expect major upgrades every year which is a quick way to lose money if you're a company. 2 year upgrade seems to be the norm.
  • Will we get the new TouchWiz UI in older galaxies? Posted via Android Central App
  • so glad I jumped on the Nexus 5 months ago. Was considering waiting to see what the S5 had in store, but really not exciting. I would like the water/dust resistant spec, but not a make it or break it for me. Hopefully HTC has something more impressive to share this year.
  • Samsung S5 dimpled back-plate > the new HTC One black belt and bezels
  • Recent apps capacitive button fail. I'd rather have a capacitive menu button and use the "hold the home button for recent apps" like almost all of the other Samsung phones. Posted via Android Central App
    Dat Bezel
  • Meh. S3s+ Posted via Android Central App
  • I was thinking of the Sony Z2 before I saw the S5, grand slam! It has everything Z2 lacks, removable battery, fingerprint scanner and health apps included. What the Z2 have is the megapixels, but who cares of a few pixels? Posted via Android Central App
  • It's the S4, but bigger... Posted via Android Central App
  • I want that wallpaper right now!!! Posted from my Galaxy Note 3 or Nexus 7
  • Dude - that background is fugly! My opinion, of course... Can't hardly read the text on the screen - even WITH that 2K display!
  • Sigh when will Samsung learn that its not about cramming every spec and feature possible into one phone, but to deliver a polished, useful experience that works! Take a look at the Nexus 5 or even the iPhone 5s! One things for sure that after using an S4 for awhile, I am never buying a Samsung phone ever again. Stock Android and iOS here I come!