The Galaxy S5 isn’t supposed to hit the market before April 11th, but certain retailers are already making Samsung’s flagship smartphone for 2014 available for pre-order. After we’ve seen it listed for pre-order at Clove and other UK retailers, Emag – the biggest Romanian online retailer – is accepting pre-orders for the Galaxy S5.
Emag is selling the 16 GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S5 at RON 3,200 (about €710 / $988) without a contract. Emag is also allowing the users to split the payment in 48 monthly fees of RON 98.77 (about €22 / $30). The Romanian retailer doesn’t mention when the Samsung Galaxy S5 will ship. The blue, white, and black models will be available in their portfolio.
The handset comes with 48 months warranty, but you can also choose for 1-year extended warranty (RON 299.99 / €66 / $93) or 2-year extended warranty (RON 379.99 / €84 / $117).
If for some reason you forgot Samsung Galaxy S5′s technical specifications, I remind you that it arrives with a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB native storage, microSD card slot, 13 MP primary camera with 4K video recording support, 2 MP secondary camera, and 2,800 mAh battery.
In terms of connectivity the S5 features 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0. It also sports a heart rate monitor and fingerprint sensor. The handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box with TouchWiz UI on top of it. As usual, Samsung integrated a large number of features like Ultra Battery Saving Mode (turns display black and white, limits connectivity to calls and SMS, and promises 24 hours of battery life on 10% of battery), Selective Focus (allows the user to choose the focus point after a picture was taken), Private Mode (hides apps, files, or phones – accessible via fingerprint), mobile payments via PayPal (also accessible via fingerprint), and other such goodies.
For the time being we don’t know what will be the Galaxy S5 price on the US market, but I guess it’s safe to assume that the major carriers will the 16 GB model at $199 with a two-year contract.