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Samsung debuts thew Galaxy S5 today

the S5 smartphone
the S5 smartphone

With the release of their Galaxy S5 startrphone today, South Korean-based Samsung has some pretty lofty goals. The electronics giant will release the smartphone in 125 countries with the expectation of selling 10 million units in the next 25 days. To help meet this goals they are offering the smartphone for $199 when bought on contract plus up to $600 in incentives including a 6 months subscription to The Wall Street Journal, 3 months of LinkIn premium and a 1 year subscription to BusinessWeek.

“Samsung must do whatever it takes to maintain its global consumer electronics leadership,” said Neil Mawston, director of global wireless practice for researcher Strategy Analytics. “Previous failures like Motorola have shown in the past that once you lose your grip on top spot, it is a very long and painful process to get it back.”

The features of the Galaxy S5 include a large 5.1-inch AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display with 1920x1080 pixel resolution, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, the android 4.4.2 operating system, water resistance to protect your smartphone for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 3 feet, 2 gigabytes of RAM and either 16 or 32 gigabytes of strorage with a microSD slot for up to 128 gigabytes of storage. The Galaxy S5 also comes with a built-in fingerprint scanner that not only secures your smartphone from unauthorized users but can also be used through Google mobile services to add an extra piece of security to your paypal account.

“In contrast to the Galaxy S4 which was packed with gimmicky features, Samsung has focused instead on a small number of enhancements with the S5,” Nick Dillon, a senior analyst at Ovum said. “The challenge for Samsung will be to convince users to upgrade to a handset that offers little more than its predecessor.”

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