The leaks and rumors were plenty, and so was the anticipation after the Galaxy S5 was officially announced by Samsung. Now, right on schedule, the latest Galaxy S flagship has gone up for sale worldwide, in more than 125 countries. The phone should be available from retailers and local stores for $700 and up, in black, white, blue and gold color options (though some might not be available everywhere.)
The Galaxy S5 flaunts many standout features, such as IP67 waterproof certification, a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, and a 16MP camera with fast autofocus. It has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display of 1080p resolution, and sports a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable by a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, LTE, NFC, and HSPA+ connectivity, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz skin, which has been streamlined to be faster and has been given a flatter visual look.
Also launched alongside the Galaxy S5 are Samsung’s two new smartwatches, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and a beautiful fitness tracker, the Gear Fit. All three are compatible with the Galaxy S5 and more than 20 existing Galaxy handsets – in terms of pricing, you’re looking at spending $299 for the Gear 2, and $199 for the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. The trio of wearables is waterproof like the Galaxy S5, and comes with interchangeable straps.