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Samsung introduced the world to the extremely anticipated Galaxy S5 during this year’s Mobile World Congress in February. In the time that’s followed, Android loving consumers and industry analysts have been passionately discussing the device and debating whether or not its’ feature set is solid enough to make a serious dent at the top of the smartphone charts. Samsung themselves have even indicated that they need the Galaxy S5 to go down a storm to allow them to post bumper financial results. The roller coaster ride really beings now for Sammy, who have announced that the Galaxy S5 and accompanying Gear wearables have gone on sale in 125 countries worldwide.

Samsung and its board of directors will quietly be praying that the fifth-iteration in the wonderful Galaxy series of smartphones is as universally accepted as its predecessor. The much-loved Galaxy S4 smartphone, which is essentially relegated to the basement by the S5, managed to capture the imagination of more than 10 million consumers during its first month of availability. Those numbers definitely make for impressive reading in any sales ledger, but whether or not Samsung’s latest flagship can match those numbers is an entirely different story.

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It’s extremely difficult to deny that Samsung has gone through a very focused process of improving every aspect of the Galaxy S5 when compared to the previous model. A number of investigations into the display that’s bundled with the S5 has found that it’s by far the best screen that we’ve seen on a publicly available smartphone, proving that Samsung’s dedication to improving their AMOLED technology has worked. The device will also ship with a heart rate monitor sensor embedded within it that should pave the way for a number of new and powerful apps to improve the user-experience.

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To accompany the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung is also launching the new Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wearables. Both pieces of kit ship with a 1.63-inch AMOLED display and 4GB of on-board storage that can’t be expanded. Unlike the original Gear watch, both the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo will derive their power and functionality from the Tizen operating system rather than Android. All three products are available immediately in the US, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and majority of Asian territories.

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The Gear Fit, which is Samsung’s new take on fitness based wearables also launches today.

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