Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 grabs water and dust proofing, unique fingerprint sensor

Anticipation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S5 is at an all-time high, even as only a few days are now left for the new smartphone to be unveiled for the first time. While it was indicated a while back that the phone will feature resistance to water and dust, a source has now confirmed this news, while also revealing details regarding its other heavily leaked trait, the fingerprint scanner.

While its predecessor received its durability attributes through a new Active version, the Samsung Galaxy S5 bears them on itself apparently. You will be able to clean the smartphone with water, and even submerge it in liquids for a short duration, as revealed by sources familiar with ZDNet Korea.

Samsung Galaxy S4

What’s more interesting is that Samsung has incorporated the device with a fingerprint recognition feature which unlocks the homescreen when the finger is swiped over its home button. Validity’s chips have been used by the company in the making of this feature, and while the fingerprint-recognizing home button of the iPhone 5S is coated with sapphire, the one on the Samsung Galaxy S5 uses ultra violet coating.

The company has furthermore confirmed that a newly developed reflector-integrated flash LED will be granted to this upcoming handset as well. Dubbed the 3432 1.8t (FH341A), it is claimed to deliver more than 165 lux at 1A and a minimum CRI of 80.

The new Android-based smartphone from the South Korean giant is supposed to be unveiled at this year’s MWC in Barcelona on February 24. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is slated to be released late in March apparently.

Here’s a quick look at some of its leaked specifications:

– Platform: Android 4.4 KitKat
– Display: 5.2-inch 1080p/2K display
– Processor: Exynos 5422 Octa/Snapdragon 800
– Camera: 16MP rear
– Memory: 2GB/3GB RAM