Samsung Reveals The Galaxy S5: Its Waterproof New Flagship Phone

The Korean phone maker's next handset is packed with glitzy new technology, including a heartbeat sensor.

Samsung just pulled the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And—you guessed it—the phone's a beast. Never one to shy away from tricking its gadgets out with as many glitzy features as possible, Samsung packed its new flagship with all sorts of next-gen technology.

The most notable is probably its fingerprint reader, which, like the iPhone 5s, is built into the home button. Its high-resolution screen is slightly bigger (5.1 inches with a 1080p display), and it also boasts a 16-megapixel rear camera. In terms of completely new features, it'll also have a built-in heartbeat sensor, which seems to pretty clearly demonstrate that biometrics are the next big smartphone arms race. Inside is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. It will run Android 4.4 KitKat.

The new Android does have a few downsides. The Galaxy S5's shell is still plastic, which might be a disappointment for Samsung fans who were hoping for something closer to the HTC One's slick all-over aluminum. And, in a somewhat surprising twist, the Galaxy S5 is actually heavier and a shade thicker than the S4, which is presumably due to the need for a beefier battery.

Finally, the Samsung S5 is borrowing from the company's "Active" line of rugged phones and is going to be dust-resistant and waterproof—great news if you should possess the unfortunate habit of dropping your phone in toilet bowls or forgetting your umbrella. A price hasn't been set yet, but a release date is slated for sometime this April.

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  • Stephen James Ayers

    A beast? Last years specs, zero innovation. And you might want to fact check the 3gb of Ram, it has 2gb. Wondering how much fast company got paid for this coverage. Samsung fail, and I would expect better from your magazine than this article.