This is the Samsung Galaxy S5

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This is the Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung have officially revealed the Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress after months of speculation and rumor.

Unveiled at the Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona, the new addition to the Galaxy family includes a newly redesigned user interface, 5.1” display and a 16 megapixel camera.

The phone, running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, also comes with the much discussed finger scanning technology that the owner can use to securely access their phone, its features, and make payments. The iPhone 5S was the first smartphone to highlight this security feature and the benefits and Samsung’s new flagship device is clearly following suit.

Samsung is aiming for fitness and health tech too with the S5, announcing its built-in heart rate monitor and fitness tracking features.

At the lavish unveiling event, the company boasted the device’s connectivity saying it is the world’s fastest smartphone yet with the “most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today”.

Other changes from its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, include a soft material on the back cover while the new smartphone has maintained its instantly recognizable front image.