SAMSUNG'S GALAXY S5 has gone up for pre-order in the UK just two days after the Korean phone maker unveiled the Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC).
That's courtesy of Unlocked Mobiles, which has become the first retailer to start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5. It is asking £599.98 for the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 model, the same price as the Galaxy S4 at launch, and is promising to send out orders on 11 April. The retailer is promising free next day delivery with bundled insurance.
UK mobile operators have been quick to announce that they will be selling the Galaxy S5. O2, EE, Three, Vodafone and Virgin Media promptly revealed plans to sell the handset. There's no word on pricing yet, but it's likely that Galaxy S5 will fetch around £35 per month on 24-month contracts when it goes on sale.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a fairly incremental update, but Samsung has added some new features that it is no doubt hoping will attract punters. These include a heart rate monitor, which sits underneath the camera sensor, an iPhone 5S style fingerprint sensor and Download Booster technology, which combines the LTE and WiFi connections for faster download speeds.
The handset has seen minimal specification upgrades, with the Galaxy S5 featuring a 5.2in HD 1080p resolution display, a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, a 16MP rear-facing camera and an improved 2,900mAh battery. Saying that, Samsung has reworked the design of the device, which now boasts IP67 certification to make it dust and water-resistant. It will also be available in four different colours: black, white, blue and gold.
Samsung has given its custom user interface that sits atop the phone's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system a lick of paint, too, and it has some new fitness apps and an upgraded version of Samsung's Knox security.
Check out our Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on review. µ