Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date, Price, Specs & Features: Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Rumoured For May Launch

News Paul Briden 12:46, 23 Apr 2014

Samsung goes “back to basics” with the Samsung Galaxy S5, looks to connectivity, imaging, biometrics and sensors for the win

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official and – not to dampen the mood too much – it looks quite a lot like its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. The handset itself is bigger and has a 5.1in Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 pixel display, placing it right between the S4 and Note 3, with regards to overall size and weight. Despite plenty of claims to contrary, the Galaxy S5 is – surprise, surprise – constructed almost entirely out of plastic. The only big change with regards to visuals is the dimple effect back panel, which we presume was added to aid grip.

Inside you have A LOT of new technology and sensors, tallying nicely with the myriad rumours we heard about biometrics playing a big part in the next Galaxy handset. True to the rumours, there’s a fingerprint scanner located inside the Home button, and a heart rate monitor on the back just under the camera port. The handset is also water and dust resistant with IP67 certification – which probably means there’ll be no Active version this time around. 

“We’ve decided to go back to basics with the Galaxy S5 and focus on the features and things that matter the most to our customers – namely the camera, ability to view and download data and content quickly and their health and wellbeing,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “People want a smartphone that enhances and enables their mobile life. The Galaxy S5 represents just that, and we’re excited to see the response to our latest flagship smartphone device.”

Samsung Galaxy S5 Design

“The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests” – That’s the official line via Samsung. Another way of looking at it is that the Galaxy S5, save for the dimpled back panel and slightly larger chassis, looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S4, which, in turn, looked quite a bit like the Galaxy S3. Expect to hear a lot of people moaning about this over the next couple of weeks. 

Exact measurements are 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm and the handset weighs in at 145g, making it heavier, thicker and larger than the Galaxy S4. The edges of the device feature the same familiar silver accents we saw aboard the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, but sadly no new build materials.

The Galaxy S5 will be available in a range of colours including Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. Samsung says the overall design of the new Galaxy S5 is “glam” in its press release, which, if we’re honest, just makes us think of this guy.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Specs & Hardware

With regards to overall spec and hardware, the Galaxy S5 is definitely one of those handsets, like the iPhone 5s, which will divide opinion. Samsung has bumped up the processing power, added in a slightly larger 5.1in display and kept the RAM at 2GB. Internal storage is the standard 16/32GB.

While Samsung was pretty coy about the exact processor details some sources have done a bit of digging and reports now indicate we're looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip clocked at 2.5GHz with 2GB of RAM and an upgraded Adreno GPU.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Key Specs

  • Display: 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor: 2.5GHz Quad core application processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • SD: Up To 128GB
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Connectivity: WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2); Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+; USB: USB 3.0; NFC; IR Remote
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 2.0MP (front)
  • Battery: 2800mAh
  • Sensors: Accelerometer; gyro; proximity; compass; barometer; Hall; RGB ambient light; Gesture(IR); Finger Scanner; Heart rate sensor

How Does It Compare To The HTC One M8?

HTC One M8 Samsung Galaxy S5
Display 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (441ppi) 5.1 inch 1820 x 1080 pixel resolution (432ppi)
Size 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight 160g 145g
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
Camera 4MP UltraPixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture; 5MP f/2.0 setup on the front 16 MP (5312 x 2988 pixels), phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Storage 16GB/32GB 16GB/32GB
Additional Storage 128GB via SDcard 128GB via SDcard
Memory 2GB of RAM 2GB of RAM
OS Android KitKat (4.4.2) Android KitKat (4.4.2)

But Maybe Not So Bad After All?

Allegedly, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will beat the S4 in storage meaning you can keep more on the newer handset, according to information from GottaBeMobile.

When hands-on with the device at Mobile World Congress a number of publications, including KYM, noted there would only be 8.65GB of storage available to the consumer after the amount of bloatware on the device.

This annoyed a lot of people but it has now been revealed the demo units on show at the event had a number of files specifically for “Unpacked” taking up more room. Without those onboard it will give users an additional 2GB of storage on the internal memory meaning you can use about 10.7GB on the handset.

Bloatware takes up a lot of space on a number of handsets and you never get what the company lists the device as being able to hold. The S5 is available in 16GB and 32GB versions according to Samsung but of course files already on the device will shorten this quite a way.

To make up for it though the company has included a MicroSD card slot which will support up to 128GB MicroSD cards meaning you could actually have a device capable of holding 138GB or 154GB of music, videos and photos.

Display Mate: “Best Performing Smartphone Display We’ve Ever Tested”

Display Mate put every smartphone display through its paces. The site now claims the Samsung Galaxy S5 has “the best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested”.

According to the site it “raises the bar for top display performance up by another notch”. Display Mate said it deserved the accolade for its brightness, colour accuracy, contrast ratio and much more. According to the figures it’s 22% brighter than the S4 screen and 13% brighter than the Note 3’s.

Battery performance has also been worked on, it now takes 18% less power to match the same brightness level as the S4 managed. If Samsung has managed to improve the display by that much and managed to save on battery life, it may have achieved what most believed to be impossible.

Connectivity and Battery

Other notable additions include super-fast connectivity with global LTE support and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2x2). Samsung has also included something called “download booster” which leverages both LTE and Wi-Fi connections to speed up sizeable downloads of over 30MB.

The battery is still removable, which is sure to produce an audiable sigh of relief from many Samsung fans. It's been upgraded from the Galaxy S4's 2,600mAh to 2,800mAh. And Samsung's new Ultra Power Saving mode, where the display reverts to black and white when your battery gets below 10%, is likely to ensure you get even more juice from the S5. 

The big changes, or the one’s Samsung wants you to take notice of, are under the hood or hidden in plain sight. Things like the fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and improved imaging and super fast network connectivity are the “Big Talking Points” according to Samsung. Whether consumers feel that way, however, is another thing entirely.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Exynos vs. Snapdragon

As predicted there’s going to be more than one version of the Galaxy S5 at launch. We know that the UK, as well as most of Europe, will be getting the Snapdragon 801 version, and the reason for this is LTE. At launch Samsung confirmed the Galaxy S5 as carrying the Snapdragon 801. In a quieter launch some 24-hours later, Samsung told Engadget that certain markets around the globe – those with little to no LTE – would be getting a different version of the handset; one with a 2.1GHz octa-core Exynos processor. 

Samsung did exactly the same thing with the Galaxy S4; different chips for different regions and markets. We never saw the Exynos version in the UK, and that will almost certainly be the case this time around as well. 

Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera

The camera aboard the Galaxy Note 3 was a very capable shooter, as was the setup on the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S5 looks to takes thing a step further with the introduction of a 16MP sensor and Selective Focus, a feature which allows you to adjust the focus of a shot after the image has been taken just like you can do aboard Nokia’s new Lumia handsets and the famed Lytro camera. Samsung has also improved the auto-focus speed, too – you now only have to wait 0.3 seconds – meaning rapid capture is on the cards.

There’s also HDR Live mode – a means of previewing an image with full HDR processing applied to it before you’ve actually captured the image. All the usual Galaxy camera app settings we know and love are present and accounted for too, as well as few added extras like Virtual Tour Shot and Shot & More. The Galaxy S5 can also shoot video in 4K  – 3840 x 2160 pixels – resolution, although if you’re going to be doing a lot of this it’s probably worth investing in a 64GB or even 128GB microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Unearthed

We knew Sammy would be releasing a Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom handset, we didn’t know it’d be coming with a new name though. Originally we heard from a leak it’d be called the Samsung Galaxy K and it seems Samsung has now confirmed the news.

Samsung sent out invitations to a number of news organisations inviting them to “Samsung Media Day” on April 29. The event takes place at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore and the invites come plastered with a big K, which has what looks like a phone inside. That’s accompanied with the caption “Kapture The Moment”.

We don’t think it’s a typo, it seems pretty certain Samsung is confirming there will be a Samsung Galaxy K handset announced at the event. The original leak itself gave us some tasty details of what there’s to expect on the handset. Here’s the first photo of the handset.

From the photo it gives us some information on the camera strengths. There’s a Xenon flash, it’s got 10x zoom covering the 24-240mm range in 35mm equivalent. The same source also provided details on the megapixels: it’s a 20MP sensor.

If you look closely at the photo you may be able to work out the fact the camera sits flush to the rest of the handset. That makes it a lot easier to use as a mobile phone as you don’t have the camera lens poking into your leg when it’s in your pocket.

Another set of photos has now emerged showing the Galaxy K Zoom with its optical zoom lens fully extended. The images leaked via Chinese social networking forum Baidu.

As well as giving an impression of the extended lens hardware, the shots show the phone from a side-facing angle, meaning we get a better idea of the phone's proportions. As per earlier analysis, it is much thinner than its predecessor. Of course, it is bulkier than the regular Galaxy S5, but to have slimmed down from the original Galaxy S4 Zoom's substantial scale is impressive to say the least.

Reports say the Galaxy K Zoom has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with an HD resolution, and a Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa six-core processor with 2GB of RAM. The front-facing secondary camera is rated at 2-megapixels and Android 4.4.2 KitKat is pre-installed on the device.

ISOCELL Camera Demoed On Video

Samsung ISOCELL technology for the Galaxy S5 camera has been in the works for quite a while now, but so far we've had little indication about what makes it so special. There’s now a full introduction video to the technology which has come officially from Samsung. So what’s ISOCELL? Well there is a clue in the name as the individual pixels are all isolated cells.

According to Samsung the barriers between these cells limit the crosstalk between each pixel by 30%, which reduces noise on images, especially in low-light. The cells are thinner than traditional BSI sensors meaning they’re better for a thinner smartphone too.

It also improves back illumination as the light-collecting capacity grows by an extra 30%. This video will describe exactly what ISOCELL technology will bring to photography on Samsung’s next flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sensors & S Health 3.0

We’ve already seen the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, and Samsung’s S-Health application is nothing new. The Korean tech giant, like every other big tech firm at present, seems hell bent on making sure your body is in tiptop condition. To do this Samsung has packed the Galaxy S5 out with a myriad of sensors including a heart rate monitor and pedometer, which, in conjunction with S Health 3.0 and the company’s new Gear smartwatches, will conspire to make you healthier whether you like it or not.

“It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help you monitor and manage your behaviour, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. You can further customise your experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching,” said Samsung in a statement to the press.

How To Break The Samsung Galaxy S5

When buying a mobile phone, everyone wants to know how it’ll survive on its first drop. You’re bound to drop the phone at some point so this helpful YouTube video will teach you why not to drop it. The video shows the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 going head to head to see which takes the most damage.

First up, the phones were dropped from pocket height which is most likely to be when you lose grip of your new Samsung phone. Each took some damage with a few scratch marks around the sides but overall it didn’t suffer much, there was no damage to the all important screen.

Then there was head height with the aim to see what would happen if you dropped the phone whilst on a call. No damage occured to either screen but the back panel of the Galaxy S4 took some damage.

On this drop the Galaxy S5 landed right on the screen, you’d think it would take more damage because of that, but all that happened was that the back cover came off, which of course can be easily reattached.

The video even goes one step further and see’s how it fares at a drop of 10-feet. Here the Samsung Galaxy S4 finally admitted defeat and you can see the damage it took in the video below. The Samsung Galaxy S5 though lived to fight another day with no damage at all to the screen. It’s impressive the display was unscathed and it’s unlikely you’ll ever drop your new smartphone from a height of 10-feet too.

If you want to see how the Galaxy S4 display got damaged or how little damage the S5 took, you can view the video below.

As if that wasn't enough, gadget protection provider SquarTrade also put the Galaxy S5 through its paces to see how the durability stacks up. Check out the video below.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Survives The Dunk

The Galaxy S5 comes with IP67 certification meaning the phone is water resistant and can be submerged under a meter of water for 30 minutes without breaking. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active featured the same certification, although a number of reviewers found it didn’t work exactly as advertised. Obviously, Samsung does not want a repeat of this. So, does the Galaxy S5 work as advertised? 

As the first reviews of the S5 begin to drift in, the video below shows the effects of water on the handset. The phone was placed in 1 meter of water for over an hour, double the amount of time recommended. So did it manage to survive?

In a word: YES.

The next test was to see if it survives the washing machine; the testers placed it inside a pair of jeans and put it on a normal wash for 50 minutes. And surprise, surprise the handset only bloody survived! Looks like Samsung has finally nailed it.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

Like the iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 also features a fingerprint scanner. Biometrics are going to be big in 2014 and from the looks of things Apple and Samsung are, once again, going to be leading the charge. Unlike Apple’s TouchID, however, Samsung’s fingerprint scanner will be open for mobile payments (via PayPal) from the get-go, as well as providing a quick and easy way to safely and securely unlock the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked

The Samsung Galaxy S5 hasn’t been available to the public for long but it’s already been breached. The brand new fingerprint scanner has been hacked meaning connected PayPal accounts are currently at risk. YouTube channel SRLabs has posted a video showing that the Galaxy S5 can be fooled by a lifted print.

Hackers were able to create a “dummy finger” from a previously found fingerprint and use it to gain access into the phone. The Apple iPhone 5s also suffered from the same problem upon launch.

Apple has an extra layer of protection which Samsung hasn’t implemented though. With Touch ID you have to input your password every time the phone is rebooted. It may seem annoying at first but it makes sure this problem doesn’t come around when your phone has been lost or stolen.

With Samsung’s device as well, PayPal accounts which have been set up with fingerprint access are just waiting to be hacked. If you currently have a Samsung Galaxy S5 the advice is not to use the fingerprint sensor on the PayPal app, at least not until there has been a fix.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Rumours Re-Emerge

Prior to the Galaxy S5's launch there were plenty of rumours on the subject of two variants of the handset – a regular model and a premium edition. After launch, when it became apparent there was only one, those rumours did continue with the idea that the so-called "Prime" edition would appear later.

While we're yet to see anything concrete concerning the Galaxy S5 Prime, reports out of India show a listing from Zauba, a shipping company in the region, with a device labelled SM-G906K. According to reports this shipment arrived in India for research, development and testing purposes and Samsung is known to use India as a testbed for many of its new handsets.

Four of these phones arrived via Zauba and a similar model number, SM-906S, was recently clocked on the GFXBench database boasting a high-end spec. This includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chip clocked at 2.4GHz paired with an Adreno 420 graphics processor - essentially confirming it as a Snapdragon 805. The screen is listed as a 5.2-inch panel with a 2560x1440 pixel resolution, and the phone also features Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 3GB of RAM and 25GB of available storage – suggesting a 32GB model was benchmarked. The rear camera is listed at 15-megapixels, so it's likely Samsung's ISOCELL setup as seen on the existing Galaxy S5.

Rumours still suggest the Prime edition will have a metal body and it's now thought Samsung could launch it as early as May. Both the SM-906S and SM-G906K are believed to be the same device destined for two Korean carriers: SK Telecom and Korea Telecom. Samsung is in the habit of making multiple versions of each handset, so there's every reason to believe there are other variants lurking in the wings for most major regions, including the EU and US.

Samsung Galaxy S5 "Project KQ" Leaks

Hot on the heels of the above reports that the so-called Galaxy S5 “Prime” premium edition is on the way, another set of details has emerged suggesting the device is branded “Project KQ”.

The word comes via ever-reliable Samsung source SamMobile, which reports that the standard Galaxy S5 currently in circulation was allegedly meant to hit the market with a QHD display but supply shortages meant it shipped with a 1080p setup instead.

According to the site the original prototype model, labelled the G900, packed a 5.2-inch AMOLED with a 2560x1440 pixel resolution but this was dropped in favour of the 1080p screen by the third prototype revision from a total of 10 prototypes during the entire development phase.

SamMobile goes onto report that despite Samsung’s executives claiming the so-called “Prime” edition is a work of fiction, it is indeed in development and has been for a while. The regular Galaxy S5 is referred to internally as the Project K, while the premium model is Project KQ.

Sources report a set of specs accurately predicted by prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in January. The phone is in the “late” stages of development and one edition features a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor and the QHD resolution display mentioned earlier. Mobile data on this model is handled by an Intel 4G modem.

The 5430 chip is an upgrade from the existing S5’s 5422 and is believed to sport a clock-speed of 2.1GHz  on the processor’s four Cortex-A15 cores and 1.5GHz on the Cortex-A7 quad cluster. This setup also packs in a Mali GPU boosted from the Galaxy S5’s 533MHz up to 600MHz.

“The 5430’s display controller is completely redesigned, and might help in driving the high-resolution display at high efficiency,” SamMobile reports. “The 5430 introduces a HEVC hardware decoder for the first time, a critical component for future longevity of the device as H.265 will start to replace H.264 as the de-facto video codec for media consumption. Additionally, a new dedicated (Cortex A5) co-processor for audio encoding, decoding and audio equalization, which Samsung calls “SEIREN” has been introduced into the SoC.”

As well as this, it appears that as per earlier rumour the new 5430 chip will use 20 nanometre architecture. Once again, SamMobile provides some evidence for this, although it’s not 100% confirmed.

“Inspection of the voltages of the CPUs did show that the A7 cores received a massive reduction in voltage of up to 125mV, which is a tell-tale sign of a manufacturing process improvement. The power management IC’s minimum voltages for the key SoC rails also got lowered from 800mV to 600mV. However, the voltage reduction couldn’t be confirmed for other blocks; the early drivers are in an too incomplete state to be able to come to a conclusion. As such, we can’t confirm, nor deny this claim.”

SamMobile’s sources make no mention of US, EU or international variants but it’s highly likely Samsung is developing them. The site points to recent leaks for a Snapdragon 805-powered model and it’s probable that this is the non-Asian Project KQ. Evidence also points to a possible tablet running on the same hardware – or perhaps the Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Only Costs £153 To Build

We know manufacturers are out to make a profit, but it's never any clearer than this. An analytics company called IHS has released a report on how much it costs to make a Samsung Galaxy S5 handset.

It comes to about $256 (£153) which is up on how much the Samsung Galaxy S4 cost in 2013 which was only $244 (£146). These figures are only the price of the actual materials though; it only covers the parts which make up the handset.

Obviously there are other costs associated including manufacturing, transport, packaging or research and development.

The display itself on the Galaxy S5 costs $63 (£38) whilst the DRAM and flash memory come to $33 (£20) combined. The big new feature on the Galaxy S5 is that fingerprint sensor which only costs $4 according to IHS. Much cheaper than Apple’s fingerprint sensors which costs $15 each.

Three Cases For Your Galaxy S5

Let’s face it; the Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t the most beautiful handset on the market. It still has some pretty impressive specs though so the best bet is to get a case to make things look a bit nicer. Here’s a selection of three of our favourites.

Official S5 Flip Wallet Cover - £29.99

Officially released by Samsung, this flip wallet comes with a bit more than just protection for your smartphone. There’s a little window in the top which displays the time and all your notifications. It also has room for all your most important credit cards and the like.

Barbour S5 Case - £39.95

Protection doesn’t have to come at the cost of looking good, the Barbour faux-leather case is beautifully designed and will keep your Galaxy S5 in tip-top condition. Inside there’s a plaid patterned design and space for your money and essential cards.

Spigen Galaxy S5 Neo Hybrid Case -  £19.99

Spigen’s case takes the Galaxy S5’s dot backed design and mirrors it just with sharper edges. The case is designed to asorb the shock once it takes a drop but don’t expect it to protect the entire phone. That said, it’s a steal at just under £20.

Samsung's Video Introduction To The S5

Samsung has unleashed an “Official Introduction” video on its YouTube account to further introduce you to the Galaxy S5. The video introduces you to all the new features whilst it floats through some futuristic white space.

The focus is once again placed on the camera capabilities of the handset including the HDR (Rich Tone) feature and the ability to blur the background of images.

It also shows off some of the connection capabilities such as LTE and Wi-Fi. The big focus again though is on the health aspects of the device. The video includes almost a minute of health features including how one accesses and uses the heart rate sensor on the back of the handset.

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK Price

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini In The Works

Samsung's Galaxy S5 isn't even on store shelves yet and we’ve already seen the specs leak for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini.  The word come from an anonymous source who tipped the details to SamMobile.

It’ll allegedly have a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor onboard with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. There’s a 2,100mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front facing camera.

There’s currently no information whether the heart rate sensor and other new features will make the jump to the miniature version.

For more information, here's our full article on the S5 Mini.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is finally here. It has been launched around the world in 125 different countries, double the number of regions the Galaxy S4 was available in. It’s accompanied by the launch of the new Samsung wearables range which includes the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches.

Below is all the pricing details you’ll need to pick up the handset in the UK.

Three

On Three the handset will is available on 24 month contracts with an upfront cost of £69. The first starts at £38 with 600 minutes and 2GB of data and the most expensive comes in at £44 a month with unlimited minutes and all you can eat data. Three will also be selling the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit wearable devices for £199 each.

Sylvia Chind, head of devices at Three, said: “Partnered with Three’s fast 4G network available at no extra cost, additional features such as the Galaxy S5’s download booster that uses both Wi-Fi and 4G to increase data speed, means you are no longer confined to your desktop when downloading large files. Altogether making this Samsung smartphone the most feature-rich customer experience yet.”

Vodafone

On Vodafone the device will be available for immediate purchase from April 11, when pre-orders are expected to ship. On Vodafone's Red 3G plan the handset is free with a two-year £37 per month tariff if you're trading in an older Samsung Galaxy phone. This nets you unlimited calls and texts plus 1GB of data per month.

On 4G, the Galaxy S5 costs £19 up front on tariffs starting from £47 per month with unlimited calls and texts and 3GB of data.

You can also do a trade-in with your old Galaxy phone for a 4G plan - you get the Galaxy S5 free again on a £42 per month contract with 3GB of data.

Virgin

Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviews Round-Up

Stuff - Big, bold and stuffed with tech, the Galaxy S5 is a bona fide superphone with some very stiff competition

The Telegraph - As a standard smartphone it’s impressive, and even the design grew on me. It’s not streets ahead of the Nexus 5 or the HTC One.

Digital Spy – The Galaxy S5 is everything you expected it to be, an outstanding Android phone held back just a tad by its below average design.

Virgin Media has also announced its pricing plans and availability. Virgin Media's plans start from £29 per month for existing Virgin Media customers, with unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin Media numbers, 250MB of data and inclusive insurance. On this plan the handset costs £99 up-front. You can pay less up-front but the monthly payment goes up accordingly.

An Unlimited data plan is available from £41 per month.

For non-Virgin Media customers these packages cost more. The £99 up-front "Starter" package goes from £29 per month up to £39 per month, and you get 100 minutes, 250 texts and 250MB of data, but no included insurance.

Tesco

You can pick up the phone from Tesco on a 24 month contract at £34.50 per month with no up-front cost for the handset and no extra cost for 4G - this gives you 1GB of data, 5,000 texts and 1,500 minutes per month. Existing Tesco Mobile pay monthly customers who have an Anytime Upgrade tariff can switch to the Galaxy S5 right away.

Samsung Stores

You can also pick up the Samsung Galaxy S5 from a brand new Samsung store. Samsung has opened a bunch of new stores in the UK which will stock Samsung Galaxy S5 handsets and Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Fit wearables.

If you want a handset you can pick it up from any of these stores.

  1. Newcastle, Northumberland Street
  2. Newcastle, Metro
  3. Liverpool, Paradise Street 
  4. Bradford, Darley Street  
  5. Bristol, Cribbs
  6. Manchester, Market Street
  7. Bournemouth, Commercial Street
  8. London, Oxford Street  
  9. Cardiff, Queen Street 

It’s available directly from Samsung for £579 SIM-free.

Samsung Galaxy S5 US Pricing

Pre-sales of the Galaxy S5 have now kicked off before units begin to ship on an undisclosed date in April. It’s planning to stock both the Charcoal Black and White versions of the handset. Pricing is what we are most interest in now.

On AT&T, SIM-free it’ll cost you $649.99. In the US it’ll cost $199.99 on a two-year contract. It’s then $28 a month or $32.50 a month.

US Cellular has also announced its Galaxy S5 pre-sale plans before an April 11 release. It’s $199.99 on a two year contract and there’s a bunch of different tariffs with different amounts of internet and voice calls. If you pre-order you’ll also get a $50 Google Play voucher.

AT&T has also released pricing details for the wearable devices released in April. You can get a Gear 2 for $299 whilst the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be $199 each. From March 31 unit June 5 AT&T will also run a scheme where $50 will be taken off the price of a Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when bought with a Galaxy S5 handset. Not bad.

Samsung Expects To Ship 35 Million Galaxy S5s By July

A report from The Korea Times suggests Samsung wants to sell 35 million Galaxy S5 handsets between April and June. That gives the company a little over two and a half months to sell a lot of handsets.

It's off to a strong start though, with a successful launch worldwide. The amount of Galaxy S5 handsets is expected to make the company 17 trillion won, which works out to be about $16.3 billion US or £9 billion GBP.

Samsung doesn’t always make the different between shipped and sold very clear though. According to The Korea Times the manufacturer shipped 63 million Galaxy S4 handsets but only sold 40 million. That’s a third of all handsets still waiting in back rooms and on shelves yet to be sold.

Samsung hasn’t made any official comment on how many Galaxy S5 handsets it wants to wave out the door but we will be sure to hear about it once it nears its target.

Samsung Galaxy S5: Initial Reactions

Twitter and Facebook are already frothing with bad sentiment towards the Galaxy S5. The general consensus seems to be Samsung didn’t try hard enough in the design department; that your money would be better spent with Sony, or LG, or Google. But mostly people seemed pissed because, well, it does look a lot like the Galaxy S4. So while the mob cools down/re-sharpens its pitchforks, here’s some insight on the GS5 from Ovum:  

"Samsung is betting big on wellness, fingerprint reading and camera autofocus, while keeping a very similar look and feel for its hardware and software. The updates are so minor that on first glance most consumers would be hard pressed to notice that it has changed from the previous version. Still, this should come as no great surprise, given the maturity of the smartphone market and the pressure on the Samsung not to mess with its winning formula," said Nick Dillon, senior analyst at Ovum

“In contrast to the Galaxy S4 which was packed with gimmicky features, Samsung has focused instead on a small number of enhancements with the S5. The challenge for Samsung will be to convince users to upgrade to a handset that offers little more than its predecessor."

Introducing The Samsung Gear Fit – A Nike FuelBand For Galaxy People

Samsung also confirmed the Gear Fit, a new type of fitness band that can be used – much like the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo – to monitor your fitness levels. The Gear Fit features a curved Super AMOLED display that, when connected to your Galaxy S5, will send notifications through to your wrist. It’s sort of like an advanced Nike FuelBand that also hooks up to S-Health and the sensors aboard the Galaxy S5.

“We’re excited to be expanding our Gear product portfolio with a range of unique devices so there is something for everyone, irrespective of their different lifestyles, interests and needs,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland.

“The new range includes the Gear Fit which we’ve designed specifically to help those of our customers that want to live a more fit and active life but don’t want to sacrifice their own personal style or ability to stay connected on the go.”

Reports suggest Samsung has already sold its initial Gear Fit batch. Korean publication MK News says that Samsung produced between 200,000 and 250,000 Gear Fit units, selling all of them in just 10 days. The company is apparently increasing production to meet the unexpected demand.

Samsung Gear Fit Product Specifications:

Display

1.84” Curved Super AMOLED (432x128)

Additional 

Features

Pedometer, Exercise, Heart Rate, Sleep, Stopwatch, Timer

Notifications (SNS, Call, E-mail, Apps)

Schedule, Smart Relay, Media Controller

Changeable Strap

IP67 Dust and Water Resistant,

Connectivity

Bluetooth® v4.0 LE

Sensor

Accelerometer, Gyro, Heart Rate

Dimension

23.4 x 57.4 x 11.95 mm, 27g

Battery

Standard Battery 210mAh

Typical Usage 3~4 days, Low Usage up to 5 days

The Gear Fit and the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in stores and direct from Samsung from April 11, 2014. Three UK has revealed pricing for the Gear Fit. You’ll be able to pick it up in store on release day for £199, the same price as a Gear 2 smartwatch.

We were expecting a much lower price point for the Gear Fit considering it is more of a fitness band than a smartwatch. Considering the Gear 2 has a larger amount of features and possibilities it is weird to price both devices at the same amount.The Gear Fit's main rival is the Nike Fuelband which is avaliable now for around £130, a much more reasonable price for a fitness based device.

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I guess they will go back to roman numbers on this one.
S^msung
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The New Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5(mini) should be great if they come with a metal case or the backplate being metal. As for the screen size it should be fine if they (Samsung) retain the S4 size (5 ins and 18 Gb) and S4 (mini) 4.3 ins. and 10 + GB. and availabe in both (Black and White colours). Nice if they come out S5 in March 2014 and S5(mini) in August/September 2014.

i guess samsung users will only be able to unlock their phone during the day :P

We can still wave our hands to unlock it

Or the light from the screen should be fine

if the concept video is anything to go buy, i will be selling my apple eco system and swiftly moving over to android! <3__<3

if it's a powerful and reliable battery would you still mind? i used to hate when i dropped my phone and it all came apart, and fit back to every ever so slightly shitter after each time

does anyone know the actually date of the gaxaly s5 be out in the shops?

I feel this source is totally unreliable, look at the release dates, one minute its January, the next its March, make your mind up!

I'm afraid that's just the nature of tech rumours

The problem with batteries is twofold. First over time (months) they start to lose their charging capacity so you start to notice that their cycle is shorter and shorter. Solution: install in a new battery.
Second on a daily basis sometimes you cannot charge your phone during the day and you are in a situation, for example you work all day then go to a baseball game at night. By game time, you are running out of battery. Solution: carry an extra battery (cheap on Ebay or Amazon). No anxiety; you can run the battery down to zero knowing you have a replacement in your pocket.
I would never consider a smartphone without a swappable battery.

May 9, 2014

Is that a prediction, trolling or do you have inside knowledge? I reckon option B, in which case, I tip my hat

Hmmm i see your point - apparently apple has plans to enable their next phone to charge on the go, maybe from some type of built in solar powered contraption, maybe this will be the futures answer to your problem? Other phones would probably be doing something similar, especially if it takes off. In theory it sounds like the perfect solution as i used to hate walking around with an extra battery, i am the kind of guy who'd lose a limb if they weren't fixed in place.
But about the charging capacity shrinking after extended use, good point! Hopefully they'll use the battery type in my old 4s as my mum uses it now and after about 2 years the cycle is still as it always was, nothing like my old blackberry battery that would die very fast after about 9 months of heavy usage

Absolutely spot on. Without a removable battery, I would not touch a replacement phone. I had the experience when we went to a fun day at Chessington Zoo. Yep my battery on phone ran out, just snap a new one and you are good to go! I have S3 with 3 batteries in spare to never loose a moment.

Problem with the removable battery covers is that they all have rubbish designs so when they fall they open easily. The blackberry 9900 in all honest opinion had the best finish and anti-peeling and stuff and the battery cover was awesome. Too bad 2 keys of the keyboard started acting up , so i threw my phone against the wall after trying to get a person to repair it for me, he messed it up even more and only told me after that he didnt have all the parts, what an idiot..
Im really interested in the Q10 BB because it has a physical keyboard but i guess in terms of OS i dont know if it is as good and future proof as the other brands that run Android ?,

Anyways, after so much debate i have decided to instead of getting Hauwei P6 and HTC One and Samsung S4 and Sony Z1, i will wait until next year March/April for the Samsung S5 - l hope it will be available in South Africa.

Just get a uniden power bank. It can charge that non removable battery up to 2 Times.

Loose or lose?

anyways the best thing is that we are going to need the non-removable battery is important. I am looking forward to the official news from mobilejury

I totally agree. If the battery is to be sealed, you'll be compelled to buy a handset anew if the energy source wears out due to continuous discharging and recharging.

Plastic + crappy battery = avoid unless your a moron who likes to break things

Dude... there has always been 64-bit support in android.... it's there in the kernel and always has been.... google won't need to do jack... and they could easily take the source code and write it themselves (It being OPEN SOURCE AND ALL)

As Long As I Can Get A Mophie Case That Fits It I Should Be Ok With That I JustWantLonger Battery Life Then I Get With My Motorola Droid.

Ummm no, I've had 2 Galaxy phones SG1 and SG3, I've never had the back casing call off.

Whateven, but I'm one of the smarter folks out there that purchase a $5 TPU case and keep it moving.

Non-removal batteries are the worst, ask any Motorola Razr user.

Exactly!

Wow look at the artists impression - it looks like a mobile phone !!! Geeh, I can't wait for this !!!

Such concept. Wow

Mophie cases are crap.

First of all I doubt the Galaxy S5 will be packed with a 4000 MAh battery. The Note 3 barely had a 100 MAh improvement over the Note 2. I believe the S5 battery will be around 3000 MAh like the fantastic LG G2.
3000 MAh is not that bad. I have a S3 with a 3000 MAh extended battery from Samsung and I have no problems.
Which brings me to my other opinion and that is I hope the battery is still removable with option to add SD card. With a screen like the S5 the battery will drain faster when it's on. So adding a slim extended battery would be fantastic. Sd card is also a major plus since I'm not a big fan of a cloud storage.

With the amount of storage the Samsung UI will take up I hope they raise the internal storage to a minimum 32 GB. 16GB is useless now.

I would not be a big fan of the iris scanner or any sort of scanner. Pointless gimmick.

Can they get rid of the crappy micro usb and go to something more reliable like apple has or maybe even a magnetic charger like the macbooks. And yes keep the battery removable with the option to extend. I love my gorilla battery, I can go all day on my phone.

Seriously If Samsung S5 will have non removable battery then Samsung Note 3 will be my last choice and i will use Samsung Note 3 until i find any other phone that will be better than Note 3 and should have a removal Battery option off course. I hate Apple's Iphone and google's Nexus series just bcuz they don't have removable Battery.

hey luis i wanted to know how did u get a 3000mah battery for the S3 - is this an additional external battery pack that makes the phone thicker on the back or smthing u got from samsung?

People complaining about the s4 looking too much like the s3???
have they not seen any of the iphones???

Yeah I got it from samsung. I got a 3000 MaH because I didn't want my phone to be too bulky. You can find it on amazon!

if the concepts above are designing in s5 the customer of the india willn't buy that because india is expecting the design by hasan mayak mixture of htc one and note 3 so I request that to put the concept of hasan mayak and include tv remote as like as s4 and removeable battery is non sense it should be non removeable and price should be above 55000 and below 65000 and must include wireless earphone for more good rating

You do realise that 2K IS 1080p right? 2K stand for the horizontal resolution, so 1920x1080 is 2K when rounded, in the same way that 4K UHD is actually 3840×2160.

A couple of keys in my BB 9900 started acting up too, but it was a simple fix. The entire OEM Keypad with its back brand new on ebay goes for about $15, the DIY replacement literally takes 5 minutes - theres also a video on youtube for it.

loool solo true.. haters man...

Hello, Motorola user here! I actually love my phone and its battery. 2 days 19 hours and still at 17% without charging! And the best part? Turns out the back IS removable, and after the first opening to loosen the adhesive, you only need to take out two screws to swap batteries. Plus the carbon fiber back and reliable updates. Besides, Touchwiz is awful, and I say that as a former Samsung owner.

i kinda doubt they will take out the physical home button i mean it would look like a nexus model but who knows the s3 and the s4 both had one so they could decide to change things up.

That only happens after years of use now.

I dont know if this only applies to me, but i find those type things to be bulky and annoying. i have a note 3 and i keep an extra battery in my wallet just in case i need a quick recharge. not to mention the fact that you have to have it dangling off of your phone while youre using it to charge. then theres the cost, i googled the one you mentioned and could only find 1000mAh for $20.. i can get 3, 3200mAh batteries for my phone for $15 on amazon.

removable batteries > external batteries

^^ agreed.

how is micro usb unreliable? i still have the original one from my s2 and it still works great. i use it as my car charger. and for the note 3 and i believe the s4 they have a kit you can get to make it "wirelessly" charge.

youre the first person ive seen to bring this up... but thank you. i love my sd cards. i just got myself a 64 gig and i have multiple 16's... i find it easier, and with carriers limiting data and making it more expensive... that makes cloud storage just that much more useless.

Thats funny i had a s2 for 2 years and a galaxy note still both plastic backs and gorilla glass screens. No problems at all, but if you gave me a dollar for every iphone smashed screen i have seen since 2007 i would be rich!

Samsung uses plastic but how many cracked screen/back iphones do you see and how many of the same galaxy s' s? What good is ur premium material if your phone has a huge crack on the screen. I rather get durability with material that makes sense. I have dropped my s4 several times on concrete and No problems. I dropped my unlocked iphine 4s that I use for traveling once and the screen is gone. I have so far replaced iphone screens about 5 times. Galaxy zero. U do the math.

It is called inductive charging. I have it on my GS3. It was a simple mod I got off EBay. The phone has contacts inside the case and you install a thin receiver. The leading brand at the time was Qi (chee). However Samsung looks to be switching to the Power Mat format on its future phones. Several car companies are going to be installing these Power Mat inductive chargers and Starbucks is putting them in their stores. Inductive charging is the way things are moving.

What are you going to do with four phones?

May 9, 2014 is correct.

REMOVABLE BATTERY, enough said.

htc one x has no removable battery and as an owner it has sucked the past 2 years when i need to hard reset

looking to switch to s5 but would like a removable battery as well

Two things a mobile company should never do, first is to seal the back so replacing a battery is not possible, and secondly no memory expansion slot.
One thing they should all start doing and that is to have dual sim capability.

Holding the power button is supposed to force the phone to switch off..?

I agree. And carrying Powerbanks is also a tad hassle imo. :)

i agree if the battery has something wrong with it then you end up spending more then its worth to fix it vs if the back is not sealed then you just buy a new battery

no, 2k is 2560x1440.

If the keywords means anything the s5 will be waterproof, have a new design, possibly new build materials, and be a great deal faster.

Samsung S3 is the last Samsung phone I will ever buy from Samsung.

i used Galaxy S4 but the problem is about battery, very fast to drain, I use for 5 hrs a 100% full charge and after that become 20% for 5 hrs. What is the best solution for this issue? maybe Samsung company can be improved about the battery life.

hello

yeah..good luck with that.. my son had the Sony Xperia and and his phone
froze... no way of turning it off. - I would never buy a phone with non removable batteries.. I have the Note 3 and I love it...if the note 4 comes with non removable battery, I will not buy it.

All phones have removable batteries if you fiddle with it enough but that's not the point. You shouldn't have to get a hair dryer out to swap a battery.

Plus I'm sure you voided your warranty by doing that to your Motorola.

really, never happened to me or my wife and we are both heavy users (she is a realtor)

Looks like a cheap Apple Knock off.

Suck it for being a Sammy Fanboi

If you like the feel of plastic because you like cheap imitation knock offs, good for you.

Like an idiot

Such a dork

Heres another dork ^

Thank you for your insightful comment. I see you put a great deal of thought into that one.

For my part I will wait and see the HTC One 2014 specs and chose between it and the Xperia Z2 or switch to the Apple's world with the Iphone 6, again depending on specs/price. Samsung has lost momentum in 2014 for top-premium smartphone with their plastic casings....

Thanks to the Almighty ..Samsung has maintained the removable battery in S5. I just hope that Note will respect that...If the battery is not removable ...then I guess my love for a Note tablet will have to torn ..... I will just carry on with the Note 3 until it stops .....to me a removable battery is more important than waterproofing and embalming the whole gadget innards including the battery....and that means all the marketing men will be laughing all the way to their banks with all the dosh ...but not from me.....

I Totally agree with you... I will not buy a Note 4 if it comes waterproofed....that will mean...fully sealed up with the battery trapped inside for the life of the phone....I could never support that outlook change by Samsung....They would be stupid to disregard people like you and me and the millions of others who have bought the Note and S phones from them in the last few years.
I only wish they would make Note tablets with removable batteries.... then I would go get one straight away....as it is I will live without a tablet until a removable battery version is available....preferably a Galaxy Note tablet ...so I can use the S pen.

The Coolest Phones To Put Your Hands On Now Are The Samsung Note 3, Samsung S4 (Those Who Are Willing To Buy Better Get An S5), LG G2, Sony Z1 Honami And iPhone 5S. I Don't Recommend Phones With A Sealed Back. I Mean What If We Needed To Replace The Battery? Infact Let's Be Honest, Once A Phone Is Released Even A Better Version Of The Same Phone Comes Within Few Days/Months. Gadgets Took Over Our Lives & Are Amazing

Apple troll go away!

Apple trolls are pathetic!

Why is it so much cheaper in India?

Which in turn looks like a Nokia N95/N97 knock off.

moment or movement ?

Everyone complaining about the fact that we (I work at Samsung DE) didn't get 3GB RAM. If we did put in 3GB RAM it would reduce the battery life and at the same time be kind of useless, as of there aren't any available apps at this point that require so much RAM. Also, the way the OS itself runs on the Tab 3 simply requires more RAM. So do please understand the more RAM on the S5 would have been a BAD decission.
As for the removable back being plastic and cheap looking (some people argue and claim that we should have used a fixed (unremovable) back), well let me explain. As spme of problably are able to assume, we didn't simply decide what the back will be. No. We reached out the the public. 73% of the participants in our campain were positive that we should use a removable back, making it possible to reach the battery easly. Also, it's kind of a tradition at this point to use a removable back on our flag ship (S-line) phones.
Sencierly, Samsung development team Deutschland.

The Z2 is superior in almost any aspect.

Even the non removable battery is an advantage as it gives you 24 months warranty on the whole device including battery.
While from Samsung you only get 6 months warranty on the battery.

1) Design and materials:
Z2: Premium design of glass and aluminum, business class feeling
S5: Cheap plastic, economy class

2) Water resistance:
Z2: IP58 Waterproof
S5: IP67 Waterproof

3) Screen Size:
Z2: 5.2 inch HD display TRILUMINOS
S5: 5.1 inch HD AMOLED

4) Camera:
Z2: 20.7 Megapixels
S5: 16 megapixels

5) RAM:
Z2: 3 GB
S5: 2 GB

6) Speakers:
Z2: stereo front speakers
S5: mono speaker

7) Battery:
Z2: 3200 mAh battery with STAMINA mode
S5: 2800 mAh

8) Software:
Z2: Xperia UI, powerful Android Shell
S5: TouchWiz, cumbersome Android Shell

no its sealed shut you wont be able to get to it

So what is it actually like as a telephone, you know, the reception and ring ring stuff?
Will it work on the fringe of the towers range, or just drop out. If not, it will be useless in rural Australia. Might have to put up with my clunker Motorola defy ...old but good

interesting features,i love this biometric sensors...should we wait for 11 april or 01 nov in south africa? I know that its gonna be the most expensive cellphone here......GS5 love you

Great video, I was converted to Samsung 3 years ago after apple screens getting damage so easily.

Weiß Folio Ledertasche Galaxy s5 mit Fenster, source from gadget2us

The S5 is out now

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