The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is being targeted by Asia's largest technology company for March or April. Even more exciting than the release of the highly anticipated handset is the possibility of iris scanning technology. Technology as advanced as that would surely boost the sales of Apple's biggest competitor in the handset department.
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Samsung has mostly kept the release of their next generation of phone a secret. But as Samsung began to unveil tablets, cameras, and smart TV's in 2014 at CES on Tuesday, the questions were all about the Galaxy S5 release.
Samsung's Executive Vice President of Mobile Business, Lee Young Hee, was cornered and asked the big question. His response was just enough to confirm when consumers can expect the release.
"We've been announcing our first flagship model in the first half of each year, around March and April, and we are still targeting for release around that time. When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved."The Galaxy Gear is a wearable wristwatch designed to connect with Samsung Galaxy devices. It is a smart watch that attempts to bring legitimacy to wearable technology. Though the first generation received mostly ho-hum reviews and underperformed in sales, Lee says the Galaxy Gear 2 will release around the same time as the Galaxy S5. The goal of the next generation of smart watch is to have a hybrid device that can function as a health monitor for fitness.
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Of course, the big attention with the Galaxy S5 is whether it will include iris scanning technology. Apple's release of fingerprinting technology with its 5s and 5c models had a negative impact on the fast selling Galaxy S4. Lee and Samsung believe they need to do something with a "wow" factor to outdo the competitors as the market is flooded with new technologies and brands in the field of handsets.
"Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology," Lee teased at CES in Las Vegas. "We are studying the possibility but can't really say whether we will have it or not on the S5."
Iris technology could be used for a number of features, including security. The success of Microsoft's Kinect on the Xbox One proves that there are many more uses for well utilized camera technology. An iris scanner could also be used to track eye movement, multiple user interfaces, pausing, and can be paired with voice recognition to do a number of features.
The main design features coming with the Samsung S5 Galaxy release will be a wrap around screen, and a return to a metal frame. What are you hoping will come with the release of the S5 Galaxy?