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O2 spills Samsung Galaxy S5 'late February' release date

Also hints it will be waterproof
Mon Feb 17 2014, 10:44

THE ANTICIPATED Samsung Galaxy S5 will hit store shelves at the end of February, if O2 Germany is to be believed.

A premature listing on O2 Germany's website that is still live at the time of writing teases the upcoming Galaxy S5 and suggests that it will be available on its network from the end of February.

O2 Germany Samsung Galaxy S5

As well as hinting that O2's UK arm will also be among the first to offer the smartphone, the page also hints that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be a waterproof device like Sony's Xperia Z1 smartphone.

If O2's "late-February" release date is accurate, this means that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will appear in stores within days of its Mobile World Congress (MWC) unveiling, with the phone set to be unveiled on 24 February in Barcelona.

Thankfully, potential buyers won't have to mull over their decision too much, as we already know almost all there is to know about the Samsung Galaxy S4 successor.

Much like Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to arrive in two versions - a premium metal clad model and a cheaper plastic version. The premium model reportedly will have a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and a 5in 2K resolution screen, while the more affordable model likely will feature Samsung's octa-core Exynos 6 chip and a lower resolution display, with no LTE connectivity.

Both models are expected to run Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, skinned in a redesigned version of Samsung's Touchwiz user interface, which reportedly will mimic Apple's iOS 7 with flat styling.

Other mooted specifications include a 20MP rear-facing camera, an upgraded front-facing camera, a 2,900mAh battery and a built-in fingerprint scanner.

Check out our roundup of everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5. µ


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