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Galaxy S5 release date, price and availability

Updated Everything you need to know about buying Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2014
Thu Jun 12 2014, 13:37

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung 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 fingerprint scanner, 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.

Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it as we get more details regarding the Samsung Galaxy S5's availability and pricing.

You can also check out our full Samsung Galaxy S5 review before you buy, and watch our video demo below.

Pricing and availability
Samsung is offering premium pricing for its premium handset, with the white, black and blue models available to online for £579, and shipping on Friday 11 April. The gold model is not presently available from the Samsung store, as it will remain a Vodafone exclusive until May. Pricing for the 32GB hasn't yet been released.

EE is offering the Galaxy S5 on both 3G and 4G tariffs. The operator is recommending a £37.99 per month plan with a £59.99 upfront cost, which comes with unlimited minutes and unlimited texts, alongside 2GB of 4G data.

O2 customers can pick up the Galaxy S5 for free from £43 a month, a tariff which includes unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 5GB data. This can be bumped up to £48 per month, which increases the monthly data allowance to 8GB. 

If you buy a Galaxy S5 on Three, 4G will be included at no extra cost. The operator is offering the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 for £69 on four different tariffs, including £38 including 600 minutes and 2GB data, and a £44 contract with unlimited minutes and all you can eat data.

Over at Vodafone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is vailable for free from £37 per month with 1GB of data per month - but the catch here is that you'll need to trade in a previous Samsung Galaxy phone. The cheapest option otherwise is £34 per month but you'll only get 250MB of data per month.

If you want a speedier option, a 4G package is on offer from £47 per month with a one-off £19 payment. This includes unlimited calls, texts and 3GB of data, as well as access to either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile TV. You can get the same deal at £42 per month if you trade in an old Galaxy handset. Perhaps most interestingly, Vodafone will be offeirng a free Samsung Gear Fit to anbody who orders before 26 June. 

Virgin Media is also offering the Samsung Galaxy S5, and is offering its registered broadband customers a £5 discount per month. In terms of tariffs, the operator is offering the Galaxy S5 from £99 on a £29 per month contract, with prices raising up to £41 per month, depending on how much data you want.

At Phones 4u, pricing is free from £47 a month on 4G, and £569.95 SIM-free. Over at Carphone Warehouse, it's offering the 16GB Galaxy S5 at £579.95 SIM-free and on a number of different tariffs from £33 a month.

Samsung Galaxy S5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in gold

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.

What's more, dedicated Samsung stores - such as its new 'Experience Store' on London's Oxford Street - will have a limited number of Galaxy S5 handsets in stock from 10 April, which means it is available in the UK now.  

In terms of colour availability, Samsung is currently offering the black and white versions, with the blue model set to follow shortly, and the gold model to follow in May. 

EE presently has the Galaxy S5 available in all colours but gold, while the handset is availavle via O2, Three and Vodafone in all three colours, with Three announcing that it will be ranging the gold model from 16 May.

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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