Sammy Hub first reported that Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S5 in India on March 27; however, NDTV Gadgets has independently confirmed that the launch event will see the new flagship smartphone.
However, it’s worth pointing out that the Galaxy S5 will be available in India starting 11 April 2014 – the same date as Samsung had announced as global availability (150 countries) at its Galaxy S5 unveiling at MWC 2014.
Earlier Samsung, leaving no stone unturned ahead of the global release of its new flagship smartphone, announced that its Galaxy S5 smartphone would be globally previewed (hands-on demo) and would also go up for pre-order in more than 61 countries, accompanied by the Gear 2 and Gear Fit wearables.
The biggest new features being touted on the Galaxy S5 by Samsung include a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera, and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant. The smartphone also features a new design in terms of the back panel now being perforated, and available with four colours at launch, along with optional designer back panels.
For those unaware, the Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixel full-HD resolution. It comes with 2GB of RAM and will be available in 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage models, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB. The Galaxy S5 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with HDR (for video as well), and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO functionality, ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0, NFC, and Infrared remote functionality. It features a 2800mAh battery, rated to deliver 21 hours of talktime, and 390 hours of standby time.