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Samsung unveils Galaxy S5. U.S. launch set for April.

  • As expected, Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) has unveiled its next-gen flagship smartphone at a Mobile World Congress event (live blog). Whereas the Korean electronics giant trumpeted a variety of bells and whistles (some might say gimmicks) when launching the Galaxy S4 a year ago, it's taking a more low-key approach with the S5.
  • The S5 has a 5.1" display, just slightly larger than the S4's 5" display. The resolution is unchanged at 1080p; past reports had pointed to a 2K resolution. Like Apple (AAPL) with the iPhone 5S, Samsung is integrating a fingerprint sensor into the S5's home button, and is offering a gold model.
  • A 16MP camera supporting 4K video recording is included (the S4 has a 13MP camera), as is a perforated back meant to provide better grip. Qualcomm's (QCOM +0.2%) Snapdragon 801 baseband/app processor (2.5GHz., quad-core) powers the device. A heart rate monitor and slightly larger battery are also on board.
  • Remarks from co-CEO JK Shin point to a shift in Samsung's product philosophy, one that arguably meshes with reports of a deal with Google to tone down Samsung's efforts to customize its hardware. "Our consumers do not want eye-popping technology or the most complex technology."
  • Likely S5 suppliers with strong exposure: OLED, MXIM, SYNA, ANAD
Comments (33)
  • a few months late in copying and still no 64 bit ? fail
    seems that AAPL stock went up on this news, thank you
    24 Feb, 02:45 PM Reply Like
  • Koreans, and the Japanese, dont innovate. They copy.
    24 Feb, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • @positivethoughts is a strange name for a racist.
    24 Feb, 05:01 PM Reply Like
  • Hardly racism, just the ugly truth. Sorry, can't hide history and facts behind the racist card when it comes to business.
    24 Feb, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • So What? You guys can't copy anything.
    24 Feb, 09:04 PM Reply Like
  • "Koreans, and the Japanese, dont innovate. They copy."

     

    The IPad Mini, larger screened IPhone and later versions of iOS have been shameless copies.
    24 Feb, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • Not sure about Koreans, but Japanese can definitely innovate. Hint: Who invented the Walkman?
    24 Feb, 10:36 PM Reply Like
  • Compare the Walkman to:

     

    The Internet
    The Automobile
    The Airplane
    The Computer
    Electricity
    Modern Medicine
    25 Feb, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • positivethoughts, your icon is freaking Hello Kitty, which is Japanese by the way, and you claim that Japanese don't innovate with anything?

     

    Iridium Oxygen Nitrogen Yttrium
    25 Feb, 01:33 AM Reply Like
  • 64 bit... what for? So that every developer would have to waste time porting his apps!? And what for...? Just out of pride? I see no advantage in 64 bit, at all. It's a phone, not a rocket to the moon.
    25 Feb, 04:24 AM Reply Like
  • Hello Kitty is Japanese?

     

    Who knew?
    25 Feb, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • If you think the very minor upswing in AAPL stock on a day of huge gains in tech and the market as a whole is based on the S5 not being 64 bit, you're out of your mind. But believe what you will. You deserve credit for buying AAPL at $427, though. Wish I'd been in the market then.
    24 Feb, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • well, thank you wizjinx, I see you checked my profile :), every reason is good reason for AAPL to go up, I'm just making fun of Samsung not being able to copy everything from Apple, copying gold color wasn't big issue but 64 bit cpu is another story... it just means AAPL is in some aspects many months ahead of competition, and I know 64bit have some drawbacks like increased memory usage of apps because I'm iOS dev but thats another story...
    24 Feb, 03:26 PM Reply Like
  • Other likely suppliers: INVN, SWKS and of course QCOM.
    24 Feb, 03:36 PM Reply Like
  • Woohoo! Finally! Gold color and fingerprint sensor. It's gonna be just as cool as iPhone 5S. Wish it was 64 bit tho.
    24 Feb, 03:38 PM Reply Like
  • In short Samsung has nothing, hardware and software wise it was all an illusion.
    24 Feb, 03:39 PM Reply Like
  • I will buy an I phone when they have 5" screen, until then I will stay with samsung
    24 Feb, 03:52 PM Reply Like
  • It's a swip fingerprint sensor are you serious! The beauty of the iPhone 5s is the way you can just gently press the button, with your finger pointing in any direction and unlock the phone without realising it. Can't see apple loosing any customers to this phone.
    24 Feb, 03:56 PM Reply Like
  • Yes, the effort of actually having to swipe your finger is clearly too much for the average american to handle. Should probably short Samsung on this news.
    24 Feb, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • If sensor works like 10 year old IBM thinkpad sensor then maybe yes.

     

    Fingerprint sensor is nothing new, I have understood that Apples one actually works well. IBMs try was not good enough for most to use it so there is not too many laptops using sensor anymore.

     

    Having iPad Air would prefer to have a fingerprint lock rather than keying 4 number code for convience
    24 Feb, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • I don't like the perforated plastic back cover. It feels really cheap.
    24 Feb, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • Wow who would have thought of the fingerprint sensor, how ingenious...........wait a minute didn't someone else come up with that idea recently.......ah but it's a slightly different fingerprint sensor....and of course we thought of it first.....! Need a solicitor....?
    24 Feb, 05:37 PM Reply Like
  • Apple didn't come up with a fingerprint sensor Authentec did. I owned the stock so I am absolutely positive about it, Apple bought Authentec. No invention of Apple as usual. Furthermore NCR and Fingerprint Cards NV also have them, so does Aware (AWRE). Oh and APPL is coming out with a Note III size phone so what di they copy?
    24 Feb, 08:38 PM Reply Like
  • The ability to integrate existing technology when its ready to be commercially viable and mass produced is my view of innovation. They didn't invent the mp3 player or tablet either. You have a simplistic understanding of what innovation is. Not one of Innovation's synonyms is the word invention.
    25 Feb, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • I am a big Samsung fan and will be looking for a new phone this year but, boy, I am so underwhelmed by this S5.

     

    I have no interest in a finger print whatsit or the heart rate thing. There is no WOW in this phone that is going to make me go out and spend £600 on it.
    24 Feb, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • What did you expect? That's like getting disappointed when your untrained dog goes to the bathroom in your kitchen.
    25 Feb, 09:27 AM Reply Like
  • Can you imagine if apple launched this phone? The stock would be down 10 to 15 % , with analysts claiming they are not innovating.
    24 Feb, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • weak sauce. My LG G2 is on par with this (Except my camera & speaker sucks)
    24 Feb, 08:07 PM Reply Like
  • Somebody's disappointed by 1080P instead of 2K.
    2K = 1998x1080
    1080p = 1920x1080

     

    That extra 4% makes a big difference to some, I guess.

     

    Smartphones and tablets have hit a temporary plateau where they are already more than powerful enough for existing applications, so all manufacturers can do to differentiate is to add features.
    Until new applications come along that require more performance or efficiency, we are not likely to see major innovation. It also doesn't help that getting down to 20 nm seems to be as easy as getting ketchup from a rock.

     

    On the plus side, with improvements getting smaller and smaller, fewer people will throw away perfectly good 1 year old phones.
    25 Feb, 02:10 AM Reply Like
  • Apple never gave so little new fitures on its releases & they all criticised Apple for not innovating. Lets see what will be the reaction after S5 release. Up to now no negative reaction but nothing positive either.
    25 Feb, 04:19 AM Reply Like
  • because no one cares...
    25 Feb, 06:11 AM Reply Like
  • ChopChop- Explain how the ipad mini is a copy when they pioneered the concept to begin with, albeit slightly bigger at first. They copied the size of another tablet that copied their concept to begin with?

     

    Its amazing how apple hasn't even come out with a watch, and Samsung has already tried to copy the anticipated fitness features of the Iwatch. Also, why would you randomly want to measure your heart rate when holding your phone? What is the context of that? If it was integrated into a larger purpose or strategy, like an all encompassing fitness strategy, that's one thing. But its a gimmick. They are just such a joke. But hey, as an AAPL supporter, its better to have incapable competitors than capable ones.
    25 Feb, 09:23 AM Reply Like
  • It's a phone, for God's sake. So much emotion. Sophmoric.
    1 Mar, 02:36 PM Reply Like
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