Galaxy S5 Launched: Here's What You Need To Know About This Waterproof Phone

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched at the MWC today and it’s clear that the Korean manufacturer aims to take on Apple iPhone, which had constrained their sales in the previous quarter.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale In Malaysia Today

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Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) is gearing up for the official release of its Galaxy S5 super-phone this Friday, April 11th, in conjunction with the global launch. Though the S5 will be available nationwide at major reseller outlets on this day, SME and its carrier partners will be organizing a special launch event at five venues in the Klang Valley and Penang.

For those of you Samsung fans who cannot wait to upgrade your Galaxy S devices once or twice a year, here's the chance to do it now at these venues: Either head towards any of Samsung's Elite Partners dealers or if the traffic is too heavy or the device issold out, make a beeline to these places:

Samsung Experience Store at The Gardens Mall (Level 3)

Samsung Experience Store at Gurney Paragon Mall Penang (Level 6)

DiGi Concept Store at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (Lower Ground 2)

Maxis Centre at Suria KLCC (Ground Floor – Menara Maxis)

Celcom Blue Cube at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall (Oasis Boulevard)
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The phone which is rumoured to cost between RM2,199 to about RM2,399 range, will also come with a few surprises during the launch. “In conjunction with the consumer launch of the GALAXY S5 tomorrow, we want to reward 55 of our lucky fans who have purchased the GALAXY S5 at five pre-selected locations with a surprise gift,” said Samsung in an email with Astro AWANI on Thursday.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Is Here, And It's Real, Boasting A Fingerprint Scanner, A New Design, Better Camera, And More. Here's Everything You Need To Know.

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The Galaxy S5 Looks And Feels Almost Like S4, But Offers A Number Of Improvements Over Last Year’s Wildly Successful Edition

The Galaxy S5’s design is a minor evolution of the Galaxy S4 — in fact, the two are almost indistinguishable from the front. The S5’s display is ever so slightly larger at 5.1 inches, but it’s still a 1080p, Super AMOLED panel that doesn’t look very different from the S4’s screen.
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The S5 is a monster when it comes to hardware. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon, quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera on the back, a 2.1-megapixel one on the front and a 2,800mAh battery.

The S5 Has A Pebbled Silver Back That Looks Like It's Metal But Is Actually Polycarbonate. Also, The S5 Is IP67-Rated For Water And Dust Resistance.

Samsung has retained the familiar metal-looking plastic surround on the S5, though the charging port (now USB 3.0) comes with an integrated port cover for waterproofing.
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The S5 is IP67-rated for water and dust resistance, meaning it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes at a time.
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All in all: cosmetic changes aside, this phone can take more of a beating than its Galaxy forebears.

The S5 Comes With A Fingerprint Scanner On Its Home Button, A La iPhone 5S

Below the display is a new home key with integrated fingerprint scanner and capacitive keys for multitasking and Android’s back button.
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In addition to the obligatory phone unlock option, it also lets you fingerprint-protect a private data locker on your phone, in case you have confidential information you don't want getting out there.
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Also, The Galaxy S5 Owners Will Be Able To Use Fingerprint Authentication To Pay With PayPal

Following Samsung’s official unveiling of the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Conference 2014 in Barcelona, PayPal has announced it will be the first global payments company to support the device’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology.
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As a result, Samsung Galaxy S5 owners will be able to use their fingerprint, no passwords or logins required, to shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores. The feature will be available in 26 markets, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, the UK, and the US, when the device launches on April 11.

PayPal says it will provide a secure wallet in the cloud and won’t store personal information on the device. This might just end up being the killer feature Samsung is hoping for.

The Other Major New Hardware Feature Is The Heart Rate Sensor, Which Is Built Into The Same Rear Module As The LED Flash

The heart rate monitor is a unique addition and is located just below the camera and reads your fingertip to grab your pulse in about five to ten seconds.
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It works in conjunction with S-Health 3.0, which acts as a personal life coach of sorts. To monitor your pulse, hold your finger up to the sensor and leave it there while the phone does the rest of the work.
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As you continue to do this more often, S-Health remembers your history and even goes through the effort of graphing it and offering up other relevant information. It also acts as a pedometer and food monitor.

S5's Camera Comes With A Resolution Of 16 Megapixels And Advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR). It Also Has The World’s Fastest Autofocus Speed At 0.3 Seconds.

The camera has been upgraded to a 16-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities, and it now supports real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting.

It’s now possible to apply Samsung’s unique camera effects after a picture has been taken, so you don’t have to worry about what mode you’re in when shooting pics. Samsung has also greatly simplified the camera interface, and in our brief tests, it was pretty snappy and responsive.

WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S5 Hands-On Video

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