The Mobile World Congress is the largest mobile industry exhibition in the world, and is held yearly to showcase new products, features, networking opportunities, and holds a four-day exposition. At this year’s Mobile World Congress, which was held in Barcelona, 85,000 people attended from 200 countries, with 1,800 exhibitors. Keynote speakers included Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Robert Bakish (Viacom International Media Networks), and J.K Shin (Samsung Electronics Co.).
Shin debuted Samsung’s latest updated smartphone, the Galaxy S5, which will be available on April 11, 2014. The screen is slightly larger and is now 5.1 inches, has 1920 x 1080 resolution (same as the S4 model), and a 1080p HD AMOLED display. The 1080p HD resolution is the same that is used on HDTVs, and will increase the quality of apps, images, and text.
The processor has increased to a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, or a 2.1GHz or 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor depending on what country you are in. This is an increase from S4’s processor which has a 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa. The S5 processor will make opening and loading apps faster, as well as playing downloaded games.
For all photography enthusiasts, the camera boasts it will be able to take action shots in focus, brighter and illuminated photos when the HDR is turned on, a fast autofocus to take photos quicker, and a selective focus feature. The selective focus allows the subject or the background to be blurred, changing the focal point of the photo. Videos can be shot in 4K, which is also known as Ultra HD or UHD. The 4K resolution is around 4,000 pixels horizontally while the average HD is 1080 pixels.
A new feature that is the first in any smartphone is the heart rate monitor. The heart rate monitor works with the S Health app, and Gear Fit fitness band (also released on April 11) to take a reading of how many times your heart beats per minute. To get a reading, one will simply have to put their finger on the back of the phone.
Battery life can be conserved with the Ultra Power Saving Mode. If the phone is low on battery and you don’t want the phone to shut down, the Ultra Power Saving Mode can be used to turn off all apps, change to a black and white display, and only have text messages and phone calls activated. On only 10 per cent of battery life the phone can stay on for a 24 hour period.
In a similar fashion as Apple, there is fingerprint protection on the front of the S5. Instead of using a number password, your fingerprint can be used to unlock the phone, purchase apps, and use PayPal. Up to three different fingerprints can be memorized for phones that are shared.
To see how the S5 compares to other mobile phones please visit: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323595004579067152782983442?mod=e2tw
Or to see how the S5 compares to the S4 please visit: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3504_7-57619425-14/comparing-the-samsung-galaxy-s5-and-the-galaxy-s4/