By PRINCE OSUAGWU &
Frontline mobile device makers, Samsung last week in Lagos, unveiled three new devices comprising of latest Galaxy S5 smartphone and wearable device line, the Gear Fit and Gear 2.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is completely dust proof and can be submerged in up to one metre of water for about 30 minutes, a feature that was demonstrated by two top Nigerian Acts, Musician Banky W and Actress Kate Henshaw who compeered the elaborate launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.
The device features a screen that is slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S4 and offers 27 percent improvement in display power efficiency over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, while using 18 percent less display power.
The highlight of the smartphone is a new fingerprint scanner, which is integrated with the device’s home button and provides consumers with a safe, biometric screen-locking feature. For fitness enthusiasts, the Galaxy S5 comes with a heart rate sensor that helps monitor heart rate during exercise and fitness routines using the S Health service. The new S health application boasts of different fitness management applications that allow users to stay fit the smart way.
Other key features of the device include an advanced camera system, improved battery capacity and a download booster that can fuse the device’s Wi-Fi and data connections together to provide smoother internet connectivity. Its unique ultra-power saving mode shuts down all of the device’s key functions to allow users make the most of their last bit of battery power. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S5 can run for up to 24 hours on a 10 percent battery charge when this mode is activated.
Speaking at the unveiling of the device, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Brovo Kim, said the Galaxy S5 will redefine how technology innovation enhances quality of life. “With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering capabilities that matter most to our consumers. Consumers today are on the lookout for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features that focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people-inspired innovation.” he said.
The wearable-technology line-up, the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, according to the Samsung, offer consumers, enhanced connectivity alongside an integrated communication experience. The Gear 2, an upgrade of Samsung’s original Gear device, incorporates a 1.63-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera that is now located on the device’s screen, a sensor that enables usage of the device as a television remote control and a personal fitness coaching guide. The device also comes with a range of changeable straps and interface themes that lets wearers create their own style.
The Gear Fit comes curved with super AMOLED display and merges the convenience of Gear technology with comprehensive fitness tools that empower consumers to stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity. The wrist-worn device incorporates a built-in heart rate monitor, a lightweight swappable strap and provides instant notification for incoming calls, e-mails, text messages and much more. Like the Galaxy S5 smartphone, both Gear devices are dust and water-resistant.