All the big smartphone manufacturers are relatively entrenched in annual product cycles now, which means we can usually predict when they will launch their headlining products.
Samsung will sell the Galaxy S5 on April 11 in over 150 countries. In the US, it’ll come to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless; MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. You’ll also be able to pick it up at retail stores like Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, and Walmart.
We are still waiting on pricing details, which carriers and retailers will release on their own.
Early rumors did peg Samsung as bringing the Galaxy S5 launch forward to February after the S4 failed to sell as many as predicted – this could have also been due to the company being reportedly told to scale down its launches and make Android more of a star of the phone by Google.
And that was made official with the teasing invite for Samsung’s “Unpacked 5” event on February 24 – and it’s that “5” which has caught everyone’s attention – that as we know now meant the Galaxy S5.
A ‘toned down’ launch was likely after the New York Times reported that Samsung was going to lose the theatrics for the next launch of its handset – something which would have made a lot of us very happy after the awful ‘Broadway’ unveil for the S4.
But we did have to sit through at least two songs by an orchestra, which was lovely but seemed to take forever.
And you will be waiting a little bit for the Galaxy S5 too. Samsung won’t be doing an Apple-style one week turnaround. Supply chain sources originally claimed the S5 won’t be ready until the end of the March at the earliest – and the official Samsung Galaxy S5 release date is actually April.
In terms of price there’s no point hoping that Samsung might offer the Galaxy S5 at a more competitive rate than its predecessors. One report reckons Samsung will lower the price, but we’d be very surprised if this actually happened. Although the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been officially announced there is no word on pricing just yet.
The Galaxy S5 is crammed full of new tech and thus will carry a price tag which will see it sit right at the top of pricing tree – SamMobile has gone as far as to claim it’ll set you back €800 (around £542, $888, AU$983).
Credit:[CNET and TechRadar]