MWC 14 Day 1: Samsung Unpacked = Samsung Galaxy S5 & Gear 2 Devices

The most expected thing has finally been announced, today at Mobile World Congress, Samsung had their Unpacked Event and yes unveiled the Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 surprised no one with its looks, which to be honest could be its biggest problem, there’s nothing too surprising about it, and the specs actually seem very so-so after seeing Sony’s new Xperia Z2. The Galaxy S5 features just 2GB RAM, which is surprising as even the current Note 3 has 3GB like the Z2. Other than that the device is of course packed to the guilds, a massive 2.5GHz SnapDragon 801 Quad Core Processor powers the S5 and the device features fast 802.11AC WiFi capability too.

Now, let’s warn the Apple fanboys away before we say this, the Galaxy S5 also features a Fingerprint Scanner which can be used to unlock or authenticate using the device, how well this performs is yet unknown, but it will be interesting to see as practically every other attempt of a finger print scanner has pretty much flopped, looking at you HTC.

Along with the Fingerprint Scanner, Samsung have also packed a Heart Rate monitor in to the Galaxy S5, which when paired with the S Health app could be useful for an array of health and fitness things. The Health Rate monitor would probably work better when paired with the new range of Galaxy Gear devices.

The Camera on the S5 remains 16MP, but can now shoot 4K at full 30fps and also features a new selective focus mode to help capture much better depth of field. The camera can also shoot pictures at a very impressive 0.3 second autofocus time. The, battery on the S5 doesn’t hold back either with its massive, 2,800mAh battery can delivery up to 21 hours of talk time, and Samsung have thrown in a few power saving modes, including one that flips the display to black and white.

It’s funny we should mention the Sony Xperia line at the start of this post, as Samsung has made the Galaxy S5 waterproof up to 1 meter of submersion and fully dust resistant, a combination we’re calling beach proof, go on Samsung you can use that phrase if you want we won’t sue … promise!

Full Hardware Specs

  • 5.1-inch display. Android 4.4 KitKat.
  • 2.5GHz SnapDragon 801 Quad Core Processor
  • 16-megapixel rear camera.
  • 2GB of RAM.
  • Storage options of 16 or 32GB internal storage.
  • MicroSD card storage.
  • Waterproofing with a IP67 rating.
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 802.11 ac Wifi, with MIMIO (2×2).
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • USB 3.0.
  • NFC.
  • IR port.
  • 2,800 mAh (removable) battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to launch in April..

Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit

The first of the wearables Samsung announced today was the Galaxy Gear Fit. This device is less of a Gear, but more of a fitness tracker than can sync with your Samsung smartphone. the Gear Fit features a curved 1.8 inch display, which unfortunately is Super AMOLED so expect poor readability in sunlight likely. Like the S5, the Gear Fit is also water proof and dust proof, so should be perfect in that regard for whatever fitness environments it comes against. 

The device pairs with your Samsung Smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0LE, and the 210mAh battery, sounds low but, should last 3 – 4 typical use sessions.

The Gear Fit is expected to launch in April

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 & Gear 2 Neo

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo

With the all new Galaxy Gear 2 line, it’s clear to us that Samsung has been listening to the vast user feedback given from the original Gear, the main differences between the Neo and Gear 2 lie in the fact that the Neo is vastly thinner and the gimmickish Camera is gone, the Gear 2 still features the Camera. The device does maintain however the overall look from the original Galaxy Gear, which we don’t think is really a bad thing as the original Gear sure didn’t look bad. They also now feature a universal wrist strap, which can be easily customised and changed for the users preference, compared let’s say to Pebble who has proprietary strap connections.

What’s becoming a trend for Samsung with everything they announced at the Unpacked event, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are both waterproof as well, and the new much easier to find Home Button at the bottom of the new Gear 2 devices is sure a better sign from the hidden away button on the original.

The big news from the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo lies in the software, gone is Android and in comes Samsung’s very own Tizen, whilst Samsung haven’t released a Tizen phone, they have confirmed all 3 of the Gear devices are based and running Tizen. Despite this change however, the OS runs more or less identical as before.

The Galaxy Gear 2 line also have 4GB of internal storage, but one interesting thing added, whilst the storage is small, you can add music to the watches alone and play from them without a phone, which is a small but nice addition.

Both Galaxy Gear 2 devices are expected to launch, alongside the Gear Fit, in April.

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