Samsung Galaxy S5 with fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor launched with 5.10-inch 1080×1920 display, 2.5GHz processor, alongside 2GB RAM and 16-megapixel rear camera.
Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smartwatch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.
The world’s biggest smartphone maker set a trend less than six months ago for wearable devices that link to mobile handsets with its Galaxy Gear watch, which has seen rivals like Sony and Huawei follow in its wake.
Samsung’s Gear 2, which runs on the Tizen operating system rather than Google’s Android software, can monitor the wearer’s heart rate, a function used in increasingly popular health and fitness apps, or individual programmes.
The Samsung Gear Fit, also targeting the fitness sector, has a curved screen and features including a pedometer and heart rate monitor, Samsung said.
The Galaxy S5 itself, which will be available in April, includes a slightly bigger screen than its predecessor, at 5.1 inches against 5 inches, improved camera technology and better protection against water and dust, Samsung said.