Can Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Outshine Apple’s iPhone 5S?

Samsung (SSNLF.PK) has released a promotional video for the Galaxy S5 ahead of an unveiling event for the device scheduled on Monday, February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As noted by Investor’s Business Daily, many of the features that are rumored to be in Samsung’s next flagship device are direct responses to innovations made by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) with its iPhone 5S.

For example, according to a recent report from the SamMobile blog, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will feature a fingerprint scanner that is incorporated into the device’s home button, similar to the setup found on Apple’s iPhone 5S. SamMobile’s source contradicts earlier rumors that the device would use an onscreen fingerprint sensor. The source also claimed that the Galaxy S5 will allow users to register up to eight fingerprints. According to Apple’s Touch ID support page, the iPhone 5S can store up to five separate fingerprints. On the other hand, Samsung’s rumored eye-scanning technology is not likely to be found in the Galaxy S5, according to the latest rumors cited by CNET.

Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy smartphone may also include a 64-bit chip. When Apple first introduced the iPhone 5S, it noted that its A7 processor made the device the “world’s first and only 64-bit smartphone.” Last November, Samsung mobile business chief Shin Jong-Kyun told the Korea Times that the company would soon unveil its own 64-bit mobile processor. “Not in the shortest time. But yes, our next smartphones will have 64-bit processing functionality,” stated Shin.

However, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 trailer also hinted at a feature that is not found in the iPhone 5S. As seen in the video above, various key words appear onscreen that are presumably related to the Galaxy S5’s features. Interestingly, the video lingers on one image that features lots of water and the word “wet,” possibly hinting that the Galaxy S5 will be waterproof.

Besides a fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is also expected to have the typical smartphone upgrades, such as an improved battery life, a higher resolution camera and a slightly larger screen. According to Investor’s Business Daily, the Galaxy S5 is rumored to have a 5.2-inch screen size, compared to the 5-inch display of the Galaxy S4. The device is also rumored to feature a bezel-free display. Although Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S5 on Monday, the device is not expected to become available for purchase until the middle of next month.

Per Investor’s Business Daily, there is also a slim chance that Samsung will reveal a new iteration of its Galaxy Gear smart watch at the Mobile World Congress. Samsung released the first Galaxy Gear in the U.S. last October. Although Samsung’s Galaxy Gear beat Apple’s long-rumored iWatch to market, the device was widely criticized by tech reviewers for its low battery life and limited capabilities, reports CNET.

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