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Samsung Galaxy S5 could be designated as "medical equipment" in Korea

Samsung Galaxy S5 could be designated as "medical equipment" in Korea

One of the new features introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a built-in Heart Rate Sensor. This lets you measure your heart rate just by placing your finger on the back of the handset, next to the camera’s LED flash where the sensor is found.

The new feature allegedly determined South Korea's health agency to review the S5 in order to determine if it can be designated as “medical equipment.” According to Yonhap News, Samsung will be able to launch the S5 as scheduled regardless of the review’s results.

"Even if it is designated as a medical device, the procedure for testing its safety and functions is not complicated," said an official from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.

We’re not trying to make fun or anything like that, but, in all seriousness, that image comparing the gold Galaxy S5 to a band-aid makes more sense now, knowing that the handset could be recognized as medical equipment (to remind you, the image was retweeted by HTC America’s CEO a few days ago).

Announced earlier this week at MWC 2014, the Galaxy S5 is the world’s first smartphone to have a built-in heart rate monitor. Want to see how this feature works? Check out our video here.

Samsung will start selling the new Galaxy on April 11, and it plans to offer it in 150 countries around the world, including in the US, where all major carriers are going to stock it. Although it’s one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2014, it looks like most of our readers don’t really like the Galaxy S5 - probably because we were all expecting it to bring something a bit more exciting (both design-wise, and specs-wise).

source: Yonhap News

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posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:10 8

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


3..2..1.. Let the comments begin.

Article could be reworded to "Samsung Galaxy S5 could be used by medical professionals in Korea" instead of a bait title PA.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:17 18

6. Florin.T (Posts: 233; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


But. That's exactly what Korean officials are doing: trying to see if the S5 can be designated as "medical equipment." I really don't see how this is bait title.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:21 13

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nah, he's just terrified by the hate comments on the S5, he don't want to admit it so he made a U-turn by saying this is a bait title.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:24 14

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol yeah ok kid. You're going to have to try a lot harder, in case you didn't know.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:33 9

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


"3..2..1.. Let the comments begin."

Hey, you're the one who's starting the fanboy war here, so you tried very hard, well done! I don't need to, I go soft and smooth. :)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:40 13

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I didn't start nothing. I simply made my statement based on the activity on the site from the past three days. Every Samsung article has over 70+ comments, and there's 164 articles so far about the S5 according to PA. It's safe to say people like you were bound to land here, and I was correct now was I kiddo?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:04 5

27. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


samsung band-aid who is going to buy this phone? Psychiatric hospital

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:37 8

37. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Why don't you just stay on Xperia Z2 articles? You seem very insecure with all of your pathetic gibberish.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:28 4

64. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


i'm not xperia fan but you are a samsung fanboy clearly when you get this phone visit your Psychiatric hospital and use it there. just being honest about this samsung band-aid

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:46

113. christophersalse (Posts: 99; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


I also own an HTC One, an IPhone 5s, and a Moto x. But sure, call me samsung fanboy.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:30 4

65. sniperdroid (Posts: 146; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Only tech geeks are against this phone but the vast majority of the world don't even go to phonearena.com they'll go to a shop see the brand name and the heart rate sensor and go oh that looks cool.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:39 6

70. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


+1 for using your brain. So what if the "4,000" people on PA don't like the S5. There's over 7 billion people in the world. I'm pretty sure 7 billion is more than 4,000 last time I checked.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 03:26 1

106. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


you say kiddo so much it's annoying, I think you play with kids a little too much

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 10:33 1

114. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You repeat the same thing so much that it's annoying.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:29 7

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


On a side note, if I were "terrified" by the comments and hate, would I still be posting here? Didn't think so. ;)

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:51 14

23. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


The ammount of troll in samsung articles is just unbelievable in the past 3 days.. lol.. just dont waste your time papa..

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:04 13

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Oh trust me, I know. These past three days repeat twice a year. Galaxy S model unveilings, and new iPhone releases. Look back last year to the S4 and the iPhone 5S announcements. The bandwagon grows each day sad to say.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:11 8

82. rd_nest (Posts: 1607; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


The resident PA troll is back in action.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:17 2

84. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


He's a changed person now apparently, yet his actions speaker louder than his words.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:33 8

89. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Yeah papa, don't waste yr time. The S5 looks gorgeous and is full of neat features that everyone likes and wants. Oh and that heart monitor...my God I always want one. And the bandaid jokes are just mean and nasty, to me the S5 by far the best looking phone out there. Total original and never seen before. But anyway yr doing a good job papa, please... keep defending this absolute piece of awesomeness and I'm sure the holy mother sammy will reward u.
I'll make sure to tell sammy how good you did.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 00:52 3

92. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I actually smiled reading this. :')

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:28 9

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Samsung strategy, Made for Doctor. Next step Samsung Galaxy S Hospital. Lol

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:30 14

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This was probably the worst joke I've heard about the S5. Nothing tops the band aid joke so stop trying.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:34 10

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Butthurt...

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:42 16

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm butt hurt after admitting the band aid joke was the best joke. Go back to school and stop being so thirsty for thumbs up kid.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:53 8

24. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Do you know why the band-aid joke is all over the place now? Because the S5 looks just like a band-aid, you gotta accept it. Trust me, if the S5 didn't look like this, no one will make a joke like that, even if there is, that person is just an immature attention seeker. So, blame Samsung's designer for making this "beautiful" and "creative" design.

"Go back to school and stop being so thirsty for thumbs up kid."

Using back your old style senseless comment eh? How is school related to thumbs up? It's pretty funny that when you go mad, you're like crying. If I'm really "thirsty" for thumbs up, would I be giving credit to Samsung for making their UI look cleaner and better?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 21:59 5

25. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh, if I'm really "thirsty" for thumbs up, I would've bash the S5 like a biased fanboy which I won't, I will still give credit where's it due.

If you want to call me a Samsung hater or a troll, sorry you can't because I'm not. I'm just being myself as a tech lover and a consumer.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:11 6

31. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol this is the most hypocritical comment I've seen in the past couple of days. Playing the "I'm not biased or a troll" card because we all know Maury has proved that was a lie. Give credit to that, troll.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:09 8

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Clearly I've accepted it if I admitted it was the best joke, and this where education plays a role. If you would learn how to read, you'd know that. You missed my point - TWICE. To answer your question, yes you are thirsty for those green thumbs with comments like #16 and #7. I have yet seen you make a positive comment in the past three days. It doesn't affect me and I don't care if it's negative, but don't try to cover your trolling history with a made up lie. Last time I recalled! it's a UI designed for children, so why aren't you intrigued by it?

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 22:30 3

36. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Okay, I admit I read it wrong, my apologies for not reading it properly. But you still can't prove that I'm thirsty for thumbs up on comment #7, you said the title is a bait title, but how is it a bait title? You didn't even elaborate it clearly.

About the positive comment, do I need to make my comment look like an OBVIOUSLY positive comment? Yes, I admit that I did kinda troll in the past, but that doesn't mean that I didn't change. I did change for a long time now, you didn't notice because you still think I'm trolling. This pretty explains your personality, only remember a person's bad history.

About the UI, you said it's a UI designed for children, and why I'm not intrigued by it? That's because you have your own opinion and I have my own opinion. This is a simple thing that we humans should know.

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