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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's unveiled the long-rumoured Galaxy S5 at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The handset, Samsung's latest flagship Android device, boasts a 5.1in HD display, a 16MP rear-facing camera and even a built-in heart rate monitor.
Samsung has clearly listened to feedback, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 improving on last year's Galaxy S4, be it in the design, camera or connectivity department. The firm will no doubt be hoping that the device builds on the success of its Galaxy S4 smartphone too, which has hit over 50 million sales worldwide.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it when we hear more details regarding the Samsung Galaxy S5's availability.
Release date and availability
Unlike most firms, Samsung announced a release date for the Galaxy S5 during its MWC press conference, revealing that the handset will start shipping in multiple countries around the word on 11 April. It added that the smartphone will be available in 16GB and 32GB storage versions, and black, white, blue and gold colour options.
UK operators and retailers have been quick to announce that they will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S5, too.
EE was the first to announce its support for the Galaxy S5, and customers can already register their interest on the operator's website. EE is yet to reveal pricing and release date details, but has said that it will be available on its 4G LTE network, and that it will offer yet-unannounced incentives for those who pre-order the device.
This also means that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on the 3G-only Orange and T-Mobile networks, although details are still to be confirmed.
O2, as it teased prior to the handset's announcement, will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S5, but the operator is yet to spill on pricing or release date details.
Three has also been in touch to tell us it will be offering the Galaxy S5 - which means users will be able to bag 4G speeds for free. The network could not tell us any pricing or exact release date details just yet.
Vodafone, too, has been quick to confirm that it will be selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 when it launches in April. It hasn't released any further details, but has confirmed that it will be offered on its 4G LTE plans.
Vigin Media has been in touch to tell us it will be offering the Galaxy S5, promising a £5 discount on tariffs for current Virgin Media customers.
It's not just operators which have been quick to reveal their Samsung Galaxy S5 release plans, with Phones 4U promptly announcing that it will be announcing a pre-order offer 'in the next few days,' and Carphone Warehouse has opened up Galaxy S5 registrations on its website.
For those who want to pick up the device SIM free, retailers Clove and Unlocked-mobiles have both opened up their registration pages for the Galaxy S5.
Samsung is yet to announce how much the Samsung Galaxy S5 will cost when it goes on sale.
However, UK retailer Unlocked-mobiles has promptly started taking pre-orders for the 16GB Galaxy S5 model, which it has priced at £599.98. It can be picked up cheaper though, with Handtec offering the same Samsung Galaxy S5 model for a more affordable £545.99 SIM free.
There is no word yet on pricing for the higher-capacitity 32GB model.
The Samsung Galaxy S5, which despite what rumours has suggested will only arrive in one version, improves on last year's Galaxy S4 when it comes to specifications.
Chief among the handset's features is a 5.1in 1080p HD Super AMOLED screen, which arrives powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB RAM, not an octa-core Exynos 6 processor as some rumours had suggested. However, this new Qualcomm chip equips the phone with Cat4 LTE support, which means the handset can handle 4G download speeds of upto 150Mbps.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 also runs the latest version of Google's mobile software, Android 4.4 Kitkat. Samsung has skinned this in an updated version of its custom user interface, which boasts a simplified redesign all round, a focus on fitness and a new 'My Magazine' homescreen, accessible by swiping left on the display. The Galaxy S5 won't just ship stuffed full of Samsung apps either, as the firm has announced that it will come with a premium app and subscription bundle worth $500.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has seen an upgrade in the design department too. As well as featuring a new, perforated design and new colour models (black, white, blue and gold), the handset features IP67 certification, much like the Sony Xperia Z2. This means that the Galaxy S5 is resistant against both dust and water, and is the first flagship Galaxy smartphone to do so.
However, the phone is slightly chunkier than last year's Galaxy S4, measuring in at 8.1mm thick and tipping the scales at 145g.
That's not the only upgrade the Galaxy S5 has seen in the design department. An iPhone 5S-style fingerprint sensor comes baked into the handset's home button, adding an extra layer of security to the smartphone, while a built-in heart rate sensor can be found on the back of the device.
A 16MP camera sensor also sits on the rear of the phone, complete with a 0.3 second autofocus, dual-LED flash and the ability to shoot 4K video. Samsung has debuted a number of new camera software features alongside this, such as Selective Focus mode, which allows users to re-adjust the focus of an image after it has been taken.
Of course, the Galaxy S5 will also be compatible with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches which were unveiled at Mobile World Congress, as well as the Samsung Gear Fit. µ
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