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Samsung announces the Galaxy S5; details, specs, release date

The new GS5
The new GS5
Samsung Mobile

Samsung once again took the stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday morning to officially announce the Galaxy S5.

According to Samsung, the new flagship device will ship on April 11 in 150 markets, with carriers such as

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint being among those who will get the latest smartphone.

The new device will come with Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with a 1080p Super AMOLED screen, measuring 5.1 inches. A microSD slot will be included as usual, as well as a removable 2800mAh battery and swappable back cover that has little dimples on it and is made of the same polycarbonate material that the Galaxy Note 3 has, which features the “leather-like” feel. Samsung says the device is IP67-certified, which means it’ll have some water and dust resistance, and the USB 3.0 port that is found at the bottom of the smartphone has a cover on it.

As had been rumored, the GS5 will also get a fingerprint scanner, which is activated by swiping your finger down over the home button to unlock the screen and to protect private information on the device. During the conference, Samsung also revealed that you’ll be able to make online payments using the fingerprint scanner and PayPal.

There is also a new heart rate sensor which is found on the back of the phone near the LED flash. The sensor works with the S-Health 3.0 app that monitors pulse, and also acts as a pedometer and food monitor for those who like to keep track of their health habits.

As for the camera, the GS5 will boast a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with real-time HDR and UHD recording capability. There is also a new focus feature that lets you change the depth of field on an image even after you’ve taken the photo. The front-facing camera is 2-megapixels.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S5 has a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It supports Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and has 16GB or 32 GB of internal memory (depending on which model you choose). The microSD slot supports an additional 128GB of memory.

Despite the April 11 target ship date, no information was given regarding a price point, though we expect to get those details in early March.