Samsung's newest smartphone has style and substance

Samsung's newest smartphone has style and substance
The Samsung Gear Fit smartwatch, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

KUALA LUMPUR - Electronics giant Samsung has launched its most innovative Android smartphone yet. The Galaxy S5 features an advanced camera, fast network connectivity and dedicated fitness tools.

The 16-megapixel camera also has an enhanced user interface that allows consumers to take, edit and share photos more easily.

It is also claims to be the fastest autofocusing camera phone, requiring only 0.3 of a second to focus.

"With the S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers," said Samsung Malaysia Electronics president Lee Dong Yong.

"Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives."

The smartphone has a new feature called Download Booster, which can utilise both WiFi and a telco's LTE network at the same time to download a single file, effectively combining the speeds of both wireless services.

The S5 also has several software and hardware enhancements that are geared toward fitness buffs.

A built-in heart-rate sensor and a pedometer for measuring footsteps as well as the S Health 3.0 app can help users monitor and manage their exercise routines.

Users will not have to worry about rain or dust while they work out because the device is certified to withstand both.

Complementing the S5 are two new smartwatches - the Gear 2 and Fit - which allow users to monitor their fitness levels, see incoming messages, as well as make and receive phone calls from the wrist.

The S5, which is priced at RM2,399 (S$924.80), will be available on the shelves from April 11.

The S5 and the smartwatches are available for preorder today from participating telcos such as Celcom, DiGi and Maxis, as well as from Samsung Mobile Brand Shops.

The Gear 2 is priced at RM899 and the Fit is RM599.

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