The Samsung Galaxy S5 became a reality some three weeks ago at Mobile World Congress (MWC), and with a further three weeks still until the thing goes on sale, it feels like there’s been a new twist in the tale every other day.
As such, I figured I’d pull all the nonsense together in one handy feature, containing everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5.
As always, I’m flying by the seat of my proverbial pants, operating in no particular order. Let’s rock.
1. Samsung Galaxy S5 specs
Primary Samsung Galaxy S5 specs include a 5.1in 1080p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 16MP/2MP camera combo, and 2,800mAh battery.
Other fancy Samsung Galaxy S5 features include IP67-certified resistance to dust and water (shades of the Sony Xperia Z), a fingerprint scanner below the display (hello, iPhone 5s), and a heart rate monitor on the back below the rear camera.
2. Samsung Galaxy S5 colours
There will be four Samsung Galaxy S5 colours initially, namely Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold.
In the UK, the Copper Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be exclusive to Vodafone, with all UK networks – including Big Red – carrying the Charcoal Black, Shimmery White and Electric Blue.
3. Samsung Galaxy S5 release date and price
The global Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is April 11.
Needless to say, there are rumours of Samsung Galaxy S5 “production woes” and what not, but that’s always the case with new smartphone flagships. Indeed, the Sony Xperia Z2, which was also unveiled at MWC, is tipped to be in short supply when it goes on sale.
As for Samsung Galaxy S5 price, there’s still no word officially, though rumours suggest the South Koreans are keen to beat the launch price of the Samsung Galaxy S4.
In the US, at least, customers will get free subscriptions and stuff worth a whopping $600.
4. Samsung Galaxy S5 sales forecast
Unsurprisingly, there’s said to be a lot of interest in the Samsung Galaxy S5, with Carphone Warehouse in particular saying that “pre-registrations” (or just “registrations”) more than doubled from those of the Galaxy S4 one year ago.
Similarly, T-Mobile USA’s CMO, Mike Sievert, tweeted: “100,000+ pre-registrations in 2 days is a new record at @TMobile #GalaxyS5 !!”
However, throwing a spanner in the works, South Korea’s top three networks face a sales ban at various points throughout March, April and May, which will inevitably affect Samsung Galaxy S5 sales.
The largest network by customer base, SK Telecom, is banned from signing up new customers – or upgrading existing ones – from April 5 until May 19. Again, the Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is April 11. Eek.
5. Samsung Galaxy S5 variants
Prior to MWC last month, it was accepted as gospel that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would arrive in two flavours, but the higher-specced model failed to materialise.
The question now is: will the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime/Premium arrive at a later date, potentially irking buyers of the standard S5, or is it not happening at all?
Last year we were told Samsung might launch an ultra-premium Samsung Galaxy F, with higher specs than the Samsung Galaxy S5.