Samsung Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor demo

Samsung Galaxy S5 heart rate sensor demo
Besides the usual pedometer, diet, and exercise recordings, that come with its S Health app, Samsung has now paired it with something really interesting - a built-in heart rate monitor, located next to the LED flash. This sensor works on the same principle that the optical one on the Gear 2 smartwatch does, and you can further customize the experience with an abundance of third party apps, that take advantage of the combined health and fitness trackers on the phone.

We found the heart rate monitor to do its job fine most of the times, quickly taking our pulse, though it was sometimes finicky and seems a bit cumbersome to use on a regular basis. Not that it's that hard to just press your finger against the area next to the LED flash, but taking out your phone while running, or when in a crowded place to do this seems more of a stretch than doing it with a wrist wearable like the Gear 2, for instance.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Samsungarena coming soon guys.

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Its already here.

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Epic fail feature with ultra crappy design

8. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I totally agree. Samsung is a feature troll that adds as much stuff into its phones without putting too much thought into the question whether this is really usefull and practically implemented. I assume most S5 users are young and healthy and do not need to worry about their heart rate. When do you want to use it? You can't use it while you are jogging or doing any exerise because you aren't allowed to move while it is scanning and you would need to take the phone out of your sport-case first and of course you need to put it back again. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Fit smartwatch (as Samsung would like you to), the heart rate feature in the S5 becomes obsolete. Why didn't Samsung just go with a cool flash for the camera?

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Dont be jealous... same samsungarena is called iphonearea by me... I think they are just covering the most famous brands....

15. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

what is next for samsung thermometer?

2. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

STOP ,.just STOP PA no more S5 posts

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

92bpm you should see a doctor. Lol

10. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

fail sensor

4. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Every smartphone with a flashlight can act as a cardiograph/heart rate monitor. Look up Cardiograph on the Play Store. *not a sponsor

17. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

They don't work very well though.

6. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

It's time for HTC to come up with the bang, and it has every chance to become no.1 phone in the industry seeing s5 and z2...

11. techaman unregistered

It's a pointless feature no one will really use it if you have a third party band or anything else it takes Heart rate monitor and other things that you need for workout stuff, you got to stop for 10 seconds to use it and no talking while doing it the fit gear does the heart rate why would the phone so it, it's a gimmick

12. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Now Google has my finger prints and heart rates. They had my face (front cam), my voice (eavesdropping thru mic), my penmanship (note taking), my wake-sleep pattern (S Life app) and many more. Every biometrics I have Samsung and Google can have it.

13. meloth1991

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

oh boy an heart rate sensor!! love it !! sammy plz bring an MRI scan or an x-ray machine in the next galaxy s6 :)

14. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

Useless feature.

16. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

...that you have to buy forcefully

18. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

To you maybe, but not for others. It can be really handy to have. If you don't use it, then don't use it.

19. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Why buy when you can palpate the pulse in your wrist and count how many beats in one minute. Its free!

20. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

+1 Choco GS6 will have thermometer, stethoscope, etc.

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