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Samsung shows off Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014

Yesterday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Samsung lifted the veil on the next iteration of their Galaxy smartphone. The company has opted to stick with their proprietary TouchWiz interface built on top of Google's Android OS, however, the Galaxy S5 includes a number of mostly welcome improvements over its predecessor. To start, it will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the fastest processor available with today's technology. It will support download everyday speeds up to 150Mbps. However, the included Download Booster combines Wi-Fi and LTE speeds for an impressive 650Mbps.

"The next big thing is almost here."
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Most obviously, the phone's plastic frame is perforated for added grip and will be available in four colors: Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Shimmery White, and Electric Blue. The HDR camera has been bumped up to 16MP with a supposed 0.3 second selective autofocus time. It is capable of capturing video up to 4K resolution at 30 frames-per-second (FPS). Beside the LED flash sits an integrated heart rate monitor, supporting the company's push deeper into the realm of health tech with S Health 3.0, and the also recently announced Galaxy Gear Fit wearable fitness tracker.

The home button will house a fingerprint scanner which has been proven to be favorable by consumers as seen with Apple's iPhone 5s. It will be utilized in much in the same way the iPhone's is, i.e. an added security measure for payments and unlocking the device itself. The Galaxy S5 is dust and water resistant up to three feet in depth for as long as thirty minutes.


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