Samsung Galaxy S5 Release Date, Price, Specs & Features: The Galaxy S5 Prime Cometh?

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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. 

What’s equally interesting about the Galaxy S5, though, is the possibility of a newer, sexier version of the handset launching later this year. At present this handset is dubbed the “Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime”, and while details about what the device will entail are pretty scant, it’s pretty safe to assume the reason behind it will be to do with the application processor – Qualcomm’s next-gen 64-bit Snapdragon or, perhaps, Samsung’s own Exynos setup.

A design change has also been mooted, as has newer, more premium build materials. Conservatively speaking, a new CPU does make sense. Samsung has done this in the past, bumping the S4 from a Snapdragon 600 to a Snapdragon 800, and the company, if nothing else, is certainly a creature of habit. Whatever happens – new build materials or a new CPU, or both – you’ll be able to read about below as it happens. 

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. 

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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.

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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(2×2); 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 M8Samsung Galaxy S5
Display5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution (441ppi)5.1 inch 1820 x 1080 pixel resolution (432ppi)
Size146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35mm142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight160g145g
Processor2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
Camera4MP UltraPixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture; 5MP f/2.0 setup on the front16 MP (5312 x 2988 pixels), phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Storage16GB/32GB16GB/32GB
Additional Storage128GB via SDcard128GB via SDcard
Memory2GB of RAM2GB of RAM
OSAndroid 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.

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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 (2×2). 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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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The specs according to that leak say the handset will come with a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display, that means it’ll be of 2K quality.

There’s also a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor with Adreno 420 GPU inside. 3GB of RAM accompanies it with 32GB of storage to keep all your apps and files. Camera wise is an impressive 16MP offering on the back but a lack-lustre 2MP front facing selfie snapper.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat will come with the handset as standard. There’s no confirmation from Samsung that the handset even exists but the fact the code numbers link up and the amount of leaks we’ve been seeing over the last couple of weeks suggests it’s real.

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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 K Zoom Announced

Samsung has announced the successor to the Galaxy S4 Zoom. The new Galaxy K Zoom combines similar specs from the Galaxy S5 with actual camera hardware on the back of the handset.

The camera has a 20.7MP 1/2.3 BSI CMOS sensor and a 10x, 24-240mm F3.1-6.3 zoom lens with optical image stabilization (OIS). There’s also an xenon flash with an LED autofocus assist.

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Front camera wise is a little less impressive, there’s only a 2MP snapper for your selfies. Then there’s the rest of the specs – a 4.8-inch display with a 1280×720 resolution Super AMOLED display. Inside there’s an Exynos 5 Hexa SoC with six CPU cores. They comprise of four 1.3GHz ARM Cortex A7 and two 1.7GHz ARM Cortex A15 GPU’s.

There’s 2GB of RAM included and 8GB of internal memory with the option of microSD support up to 64GB. The battery is 2,430mAh and it comes with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

The handset is available in Europe in May for €499 and comes in black, white and blue.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition Coming?

Samsung’s last flagship phone, the Galaxy S4 has been available in the US as a Google Play Edition for quite some time now, meaning no bloatware and a pure Android experience sans TouchWiz and all the other fluff Samsung hardwires into its handsets.

This photo below was on the Google Play website on April 30, pay particular notice to the photograph on the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the middle.

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It doesn’t take a magnifying glass to catch that fingerprint sensor on the back of the handset, it’s actually a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Whether this was a mistake or not remains to be seen, however, and the image has now been corrected. Phone Arena originally spotted the glitch. 

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 2560×1440 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.

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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.”

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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?

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

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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

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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

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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 Selling Better Than iPhone 5s

Apple’s iPhone 5s has over six months sales figures on top of Samsung’s new flagship, but the S5 seems to be selling better than the iPhone 5s did at launch. iQmetrix suggests the new Samsung flagship is selling better than Apple’s iPhone. It studied 15,000 stores which revealed the S5 has been a massive hit.

We need to take into account this doesn’t cover online orders and anything from either Samsung or Apple’s websites. It’s also important to note Apple released two handsets simultaneously at the last iPhone launch. With both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to choose from we know sales would have been split a little.

For a full on look we will have to wait and see what the figures look like when Samsung releases some official details.

Samsung Expects To Ship 35 Million Galaxy S5 Units 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.

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

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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.

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“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 (432×128)

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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