As you probably know, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was officially introduced yesterday during Unpacked 5 event that was held in Barcelona at 20:00 PM CET. At the said press conference, the Samsung representatives said that the new smartphone will be made available for purchase in more than 150 countries starting April 11.
Even though the representatives of the South Korean company didn’t mention by name at least a few of the countries that will start selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 on April 11, some of the US carriers have already confirmed that Samsung’s new flagship smartphone will be coming at them in April.
For the US market, T-Mobile and Sprint were the first carriers to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be coming at them starting April. US Cellular also confirmed that they will have the Galaxy S5 in their portfolio as of April. Later on Verizon, AT&T, and MetroPCS confirmed that they will carry the S5, which means that Samsung’s handset will be available at all major US carriers.
Even though at the press conference held in Barcelona the Samsung representatives didn’t talk Galaxy S5 I guess we can safely guess that the 16 GB model will be available in the US at $199.99 with a two-year contract.
About a week ago, Bloomberg reported that the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be lower than the one of the previous generations. If the rumors proves true it means that the Galaxy S5 might cost around $550-600. Unfortunately, there’s no way to verify the veracity of the report, therefore we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt.
For those of you who missed yesterday’s news, I will remind that the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage, microSD, LTE, WiFi MIMO, 16 MP rear-facing camera, 2,800 mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, water and dust proof case, and Android 4.4.2 out of the box.
As usual, Samsung introduced quite a few new software features. The 16 MP primary camera comes with a new feature called Selective Display that allows the user to choose the focus point after the picture was taken, there’s a new battery saving mode that turns the display black and white and limits the device communications to SMS and calls that can get the device through another 24 hours of usage with only 10% battery, the Download Booster feature combines the WiFi and LTE networks to increase the download speeds, the fingerprint sensor can be used to unlock the phone, make mobile payments via PayPal, or enable Private Mode, and many other such goodies.