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The Galaxy S5 is bringing sexy back? Probably not. Or, to put a really fine point on it, Samsung can’t bring sexy back until Apple shows them what sexy is. Think that is unfair, unthinking or just plain hostile? Then you haven’t seen the latest Galaxy S5 rumors.

Whence last we looked, the Galaxy S5 packs speeds and feeds preceded by large integers. If you are the kind of guy or gal impressed by bullet point after bullet point, then Samsung’s smartphone next will impress you.

For example, while Apple’s Retina displays cluster around an eye pleasing 326 ppi, the Galaxy S5 while offer a 5.25 inch display with an eye-popping 560 ppi.

Galaxy S5 Specs:
— 2.5GHz quad-core processor or an 8-core Exynos chipset (model specific)
— 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM
— Huge 3,000 mAh battery
— 20-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera
— Integrated infrared blaster
— Support for 4G LTE data speeds of up to 150Mbps
— Runs Android 4.4 KitKat

Why? Obviously, because more is always better — more processor, more RAM, more graphics, more battery, etc to support that better than Retina 560 ppi display. A “build it and they will come” mentality if there ever was one.

It will be interesting to see if 1.) Samsung builds all of its mobile devices to this spec and 2.) independent software developers create apps that are compatible let alone optimized for 560 ppi.

Galaxy S5: Fingerprint Sensor? Me too

SamMobile has news, “confirmed” news about the Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor, which could very well be cool:

• The sensor itself works in a swipe manner, which means that you would need to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly.
• You would need to keep your finger flat against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognise your fingerprint.
• The fingerprint sensor is sensitive to moisture
• Samsung has implemented the use of fingerprint scanning throughout the operating system
• You can register a total of 8 fingerprints and assign each fingerprint a different task or use it as an app, website, etc shortcuts

That list of bullet points is “more” than Apple’s current collection of TouchID (fingerprint sensor) features. However, as we saw with the Galaxy S4, the value of “more” depends on the quality of features as opposed to their mere existence. It will be great if most of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor features work. However, Samsung’s record on integration and ecosystem build out aren’t exactly great.

While Apple may once again lead the way, Samsung likely won’t get far until, at the very least, Apple gets it wrong first.

Does the Galaxy S5 sound tempting to you? A lot to like?

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