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Want an even closer look at the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear wearables? Samsung posted detailed hands-on videos of each device, highlighting some new features that haven’t received much attention yet.

Galaxy S5 hands on
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You’ve probably seen and heard plenty about Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 and Gear wearables by now, but there are still lots of new features to uncover, it turns out. Over the weekend Samsung posted a couple of detailed hands on videos, showing a walkthrough of the Galaxy S5 as well as the Gear 2 and Gear Fit. They’re a little dry, but the videos provide a closer look at the devices, and call to attention some new features that haven’t really been highlighted yet.

As far as the Galaxy S5 is concerned, the video details some of its new camera capabilities at length. It also shows off some features I hadn’t noticed before, like Download Booster, which bonds your LTE and Wi-Fi connections for faster and more stable downloads. Pretty neat. There are some cool new features called out in the Gear videos too, so if you’re interested in either, they’re worth a watch.

Even after spending some time with the devices back at the launch event and watching these videos, though, I’m sure there are still plenty of new features yet to be uncovered, especially as far as the Galaxy S5 is concerned. The Galaxy S4 had so many software tweaks and additions that it led my colleague Kevin Tofel to question whether there were too many. Samsung seems to have dialed things back a bit here, but I’m sure we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg, especially when you dive into the settings menu.

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