Samsung Galaxy S5 to be designated as “medical equipment” in Korea?

Samsung Galaxy S5

The newly announced Samsung Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone to come with a heart rate sensor located at the back of the phone. That fact has prompted South Korea’s health agency to review the device and determine whether it can be designated as “medical equipment.”

The good news is that this evaluation process won’t stop Samsung from launching its flagship smartphone on time.

“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.

Announced during this year’s Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy S5 has the top-notch specs that include a large full HD touchscreen, 16-megapixel rear camera, fast quad-core chip, LTE connectivity, and a ton of built-in storage that can be further expanded with microSD cards. It should start selling on April 11.