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  1. So you have a little rug-rat or two of your own that is constantly grabbing at your phone. You let them play with it, but want to make sure they’re downloading apps that are appropriate for them. Well it looks like Samsung has got your back with the Samsung kids app store. In addition the phone’s “kid’s mode”, the S5 will also give users access to a kids only app store. The apps are all developed for, you guessed it, children. So no, junior won’t be able to access Grand Theft Auto anything, but they will have some kid-friendly cute games at their disposal. Anyone here impressed with Samsung’s sensitivity and consideration towards parents? Source
  2. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has reached India and in anticipation of that the price of its predecessor dropped sharply. The Galaxy S5 was shortly available for sale on Saholic but has since been removed. Anyway, the important thing – the price – is known. Samsung's new flagship will set users back INR 45,500 ($745 / €540), which is a little more than what the Galaxy S4 cost when it launched (INR 41,500). The former flagship has since been dropped to around INR 30,000 ($490/€355). Note that this is the I9500 (Exynos chipset), the I9505 (Snapdragon) is hard to find. Anyway, since the product page has been pulled down it's not clear when the S5 flagship will actually go on sale. When it goes back up, it should appear here. In Europe the target launch date is in April and the device costs €600 or more, although this latest posting suggests that these pre-order prices might be over-inflated. If interested you can book the smartphone in multiple European countries. Source
  3. Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders continue to expand throughout Eurasia – following the Netherlands and Romania, the new flagship is now available for pre-order in Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic. In Sweden, the Galaxy S5 is available for around SEK 6,200 (€700 / $950) off contract, but several carriers have offers too. Tre (Swedish Three) prices start at SEK 328 / month and the carrier will throw in a free 32GB microSD card. Telia has it at SEK 380 / month and SEK 6,400 on prepaid. Tele2 has the blue Galaxy S5 (the other two carriers have only Black and White) and with a 2-year contract, the monthly cost is SEK 424. A pre-paid option is available too at SEK 6,400. In Russia, Samsung's official page advertises the pre-order at RUB 30,000 (€600 / $830). If you pre-order by April 9, you'll get a RUB 2,000 voucher to spend on Samsung Apps. Only the Black and White models are available here. In the Czech Republic, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced CZK 19,000 (€700 / $950). The full range of colors is available – White, Black, Blue and Gold. Update: It's also available in Finland at €700. There's no official price for the US just yet. Source
  4. Back in October, rumors emerged about the possibility of Samsung implementing magnetic resonance wireless charging, a technology that allows wireless charging of a device without direct contact with the charging pad, on its smartphones. The rumors suggested that the technology would find its way into phones from mid-2014, but some were still hopeful that it would be ready in time to find a place on the Galaxy S5. However, that’s not likely to happen, according to a report from the Korean media. Industry officials have said that Samsung might skip on putting magnetic resonance wireless charging on the Galaxy S5; apparently, the technology does exist and it won’t be difficult to implement it on the S5, but Samsung doesn’t believe the technology is marketable yet and isn’t sure of whether consumers will be willing to cough up extra cash for the feature. Samsung’s reluctance does make sense, as even standard wireless charging is a feature that hasn’t caught on in the market yet (mainly due to the cost of wireless chargers, and lack of the necessary marketing explaining why the feature is useful) – couple that with the already excessive prices of smartphones these days, and it could be a while before it becomes feasible to implement the contact-less wireless charging tech in consumer devices. Source
  5. In a note to investors, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed the specs and features of the next-gen Galaxy S flagship, revealing that the handset may have two versions whose features will be slightly different, 9to5Google reports. The Galaxy S5 “Prime” and the Galaxy S5 “Standard” – which is what Kuo calls them, although it’s likely these aren’t the final names of the products – will share many specs including a 5.2-inch display 16-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3D gesture support, fingerprint sensor, plastic cases and a 2850mAh battery. However, when it comes to screen resolution, RAM and processor types, the Prime and Standard versions will pack different components. The Galaxy S5 Prime will have an octa-core Exynos 5430 32-bit processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with WQHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) or 565 pixels per inch (PPI) density, while the Galaxy S5 Standard will have a choice of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AC) or octa-core Exynos 5422 32-bit processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) or 423PPI). Previous reports have said that the Galaxy S5 may pack a 64-bit processor, citing the Exynos 5430 as a potential 64-bit mobile CPU made by Samsung, but that won’t be the case, according to Kuo, an analyst who has been accurate with Apple and Android predictions in the past. Furthermore, it would appear that the Galaxy S5 won’t make use of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 processor either. Kuo is not the first person to say the Galaxy S5 may arrive in two versions, and the analystalso appears to confirm several other Galaxy S5 rumors that mentioned the fingerprint scanner, the better Air Gestures, and even the bigger battery. Samsung is yet to announce when its Galaxy S5 smartphone will be unveiled, although many people including Samsung execs have said the phone will be unveiled around MWC 2014, and launch in the following months. Source
  6. We may be waiting for Samsung to share its vision for the Galaxy S5, but that isn’t stopping people from coming up with their own concepts of what the next big thing from the company will be like. The latest concept comes from Rozetked, with the idea being that the new handset would be some sort of amalgamation between an iPhone 5s and whatever Samsung has up its sleeve for the next Galaxy phone. This being a device that takes cues from the iPhone 5s, the device in the video looks somewhat like an overly large iPhone. The Galaxy S5 as it is depicted here features a flat back that will look eerily familiar to iPhone owners, but it’s around the front where the iPhone influence becomes clear. Where the iPhone 5s sports the fingerprint sensing technology Touch ID, this concept sees the Galaxy S5 feature something called ‘Reach ID.’ Instead of having the sensor inside the home button only, this concept has the entire Galaxy S5′s screen be a fingerprint sensor, meaning users can unlock their device by touching pretty much anywhere on its face. Apple has been rumors to be working on offering just that feature, though getting a fingerprint sensor into something that needs to be clear like an iPhone screen obviously has its challenges. Reach ID also features a Moto X-like voice control element, with the device able to be woken up with a phrase that could be pre-configured by the user. We’re still a little dubious about how useful such a thing would be in the real world though, especially considering how sparingly we use things like Siri already. The video ends with a screen showing the expected specifications of the Galaxy S5. With a 5.2-inch screen with a 2560×1440 resolution, there’s no doubt it would be an phone that would demand attention. A 64-bit Exynos Octa CPU and 3GB of RAM would no doubt make things nice and snappy, too. We’re hoping to hear from Samsung soon enough, so we’ll at least know what we will be able to buy when the real Galaxy S5 hits the market later this year. If it’s anything like what this concept depicts though, we’re sure it’ll be popular. Source
  7. Samsung is preloading lots of value-adding apps and services on its latest top-tier devices. First we saw those premium software packages on the latest Tab Pro and Note Pro slates and now the Galaxy S5 is getting an even better treatment. The apps and services every brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 is entitled to cost north of $600, but of course, chances are you wouldn’t have purchased them all anyway so it’s up to to judge how much they are worth to you. So, Samsung is giving for free 1TB of Bitcasa storage for 3 months, 1 year Bloomberg Businessweek + subscription, 50GB of Box storage for 6 months, 50GB of Dropbox storage for 2 years, Evernote premium services for 3 months, LinkedIn Premium for 3 months, Skimble premium fitness services for 6 months, RunKeeper premium service for 1 year, Wall Street Journal subscription for 6 months, and even more. You can check the full list of apps, services and subscriptions plus detailed explanations on the official Galaxy S5 website, Galaxy Gifts section. Source
  8. We've been getting tips about the alleged battery capacity in the Samsung Galaxy S5, claiming it will be 2900 mAh, with rapid charging technology deployed, which will get the juicer pumped up to the rim in under two hours. The Galaxy S4 has a 2600 mAh battery, so a 2900 mAh unit would be a nice bump in capacity, unless, of course, it has to maintain a 2K resolution display panel, then we'll probably hardly see any gain in battery life from the fourth generation to the fifth. The interesting thing is that our tipsters claim it will be a new type of Li-ion battery that can store 20% more energy in the same footprint, so despite the bump in capacity, the battery size might stay the same, meaning more place for internals, and/or a more compact handset. The new technology in question is the one we told you about recently, coming from Stanford research. It uses a silicon anode instead of the typical graphite one, which allows a significant increase in capacity. The type of battery that will supposedly be in the Galaxy S5, is commercialized by Amprius, a Silicon Valley startup, which says it can be produced with current technology, and is already in hundreds of thousands of electronics devices, shipping now also to "some smartphone makers". Not a bad deal if we get a 2900 mAh unit in the Galaxy S5, while it keeps the same compact frame as its predecessors. Source
  9. The rumors of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 offer various tidbits, but new information from an unnamed insider adds in some interesting details. The info claims that in an iPhone-like twist the Galaxy S5 will come in both plastic and metal version. The metal version will carry a hefty markup of €150 over the €650 for the base plastic model. Whether or not the metal version will be dubbed Galaxy F the rumor doesn’t say. There will be two versions when it comes to the chipset too. The Galaxy S5 should be one the first devices to feature the new Snapdragon 805 chipset. The second option is, of course, Samsung's own Exynos chipset, an octa-core Exynos 6 more specifically. It's speculated that it will be a true octa-core SoC and will support the ARMv8 64-bit standard. Samsung may push the Exynos 6 chipset to the premium metal version, keeping the Snapdragon 805 for the plastic version. It seems that the Exynos chipset won't have LTE though, at least according to the rumor. Anyway, the screen will reportedly measure 5.25" in diagonal and have the often mentioned QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) but will use AMOLED tech rather than a Sharp LCD. The camera will be a 16MP shooter but the optical image stabilization issue is up in the air. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will, of course, run Android 4.4 KitKat. The new flagship is slated to be announced at the MWC and then launched in March. The rumor also mentions the inevitable Galaxy S5 mini, which will pack a Super AMOLED screen and run Android 4.4 when it's unveiled in June. The Zoom will get a successor too with the Galaxy S5 Zoom – launching in May, the new phone/camera hybrid will have a 4.8" Super AMOLED screen with qHD resolution. Source
  10. The Samsung Galaxy S5 might arrive around mid-March, shortly after Mobile World Congress (MWC), at a specially organized event in London, UK. The rumor comes from Italian freelance tech journalist Flavio Piccioni, who claims he’s got the information from a ‘reliable source’. This comes just days after Samsung itself officially confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will not make an official appearance at MWC, but is still on track to getting officially unveiled by the end of April. A mid-March event falls in line with this timing, and London seems like a very suitable spot for the global launch of Samsung’s next big thing. Last year, the Korean company held a massive ‘Unpacked’ event to publicly take the cover off the Galaxy S4. The keynote went with much aplomb at New York’s Radio City Music Hall where Samsung hired a full orchestra and a theatrical troupe for the presentation. What will it be this year? Samsung usually one-ups itself every year, so hold your breath for something big. Samsung to hold its next Global launch (S5?) event in London in a mid March date, a reliable source confirmed me - Flavio (@flapic) January 12, 2014 Source
  11. Samsung has some of the most popular smartphones on the market with its Galaxy S series of devices. Currently the Galaxy S4 is one of the most popular smartphones from Samsung. Reports are now coming in from a highly placed Samsung executive that the next generation Samsung Galaxy S smartphone will be coming in April. Samsung's executive vice president of mobile business said during an interview with Bloomberg on January 6 that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be launching in April. Lee noted that Samsung launches a new flagship model around the first half of each year. Lee also tipped that the S5 won’t be the only thing coming in April. The executive also said that a Gear successor will be coming then as well. The Galaxy Gear successor will have more advanced functions and a new design with less bulk than the original. The Galaxy S5 is expected to have a different design than its predecessors. Some people complained that the S4 looked too much like the Galaxy S3 it replaced. Lee says that the S5 will go back to basics and be "mostly" about the cover and display. There is also an indication that Samsung may be looking at some sort of eye scanning tech. Samsung had previously said they would launch a new smartphone in 2014 with a 2k display. That could well be the S5. Source
  12. We recently passed along the word from Italian journalist Flavio Piccioni, who heard from a reliable source, that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would be unveiled in London around the middle of March. Of course, that would contradict the popular idea that the next iteration of Samsung's Android flagship handset would be unwrapped at MWC in February. A published report out of Korea on Tuesday, cites an anonymous Samsung official who says that the MWC is mostly for business meetings and that the timing is wrong for an unveiling of the Galaxy S5 in Barcelona. And instead of a March launch in London, this executive says that the unveiling will be in New York City instead. That might not seem terribly surprising considering that the Samsung Galaxy S4 was introduced to the world in New York City's Times Square last March. If the Korean based OEM is going back to the Big Apple to unveil the Galaxy S5, we wonder if HTC will be hanging out nearby with the HTC One+ like they did last year with the HTC One. Source
  13. According to a report by Chinese website Tencent, Samsung has decided not to use a Super AMOLED HD display panel for its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone. Traditionally, ever since the first Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung has always preferred its own AMOLED displays for its flagships. However, according to the report based on unconfirmed information, the Galaxy S5 will be an exception, as Samsung has chosen Sharp to provide a 5.25" 2K Ultra HD LTPS display panel. It's going to pack an exceptional pixel density of 560 pixels per inch. The reason behind Samsung's decision resides in one of its subsidiaries, which has run into production issues with the 2K Ultra HD AMOLED displays. As a result of them, the company can't keep up the production and won't be able to make enough of them to meet the expected Galaxy S5 demand. Choosing Sharp will also allow Samsung to free up its display factories for the upcoming flexible line-up of AMOLED displays, which it hopes will reach large market availability by 2015. Additionally, if Sharp really turns out to be the manufacturer of Galaxy S5's displays, this will be beneficial to Samsung, which owns 3% stake in the company back in March. The report confirms earlier evidence of the Galaxy S5's 2K UHD display, which popped up in a leaked benchmark of the device. Other rumors suggest the Galaxy S5 will be launched (or at least shown) as early as Q1 of next year, have a 16 MP snapper with the ISOCELL tech, perhaps without optical image stabilization and possibly with some elements resistance in tow. That is hard to take in all at once, we know. Source
  14. The Galaxy S5 – could be set to arrive as soon as January. If true, it would be a real break away from the spring-summer launches we’ve witnessed these past couple of years, and would leave Galaxy S4 users feeling more short-changed than they perhaps already do. The report arrives courtesy of Korean publication Naver, and suggests that the rushed release is a result of the Galaxy S 4 not shifting as many units as Samsung had anticipated. The device will, according to the report, be showcased in January of next year, with the release to consumers taking place in February. In terms of specs, the report talks of a 64-bit octa-core Exynos processor, as well as a 16-megapixel OIS camera. Sounds like overkill, of course, but then again, such is the case with the vast majority of smartphones on the market today. With Samsung already expressing its lack of interest in building a fingerprint sensor for its device range, could it be that the Korean outfit is planning to take at least one leaf from the Apple stork by going all 64-bit on us? Almost every facet of the report seems made up, but if, by some reach, Samsung is planning to unveil a new-year gift to the smartphone industry in January of next year, it stands to reason that we’ll start hearing about it pretty soon. SOURCE
  15. Samsung is apparently counting on a new feature rumored to be coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5, in order to put some distance between itself and other top-shelf Android handsets. While the early talk surrounding the Galaxy S5 has revolved around a 5.25 inch screen with 1440 x 2560 (QHD) resolution, there is also speculation that the device will include an eye scanner to offer the same functions that the TouchID fingerprint scanner offers users of the Apple iPhone 5s. A published report on Monday, out of Korea, not only mentions that the eye scanner will be used as a security feature on the next Samsung Android flagship phone, it adds that the device could be packing some serious silicon power. The report says that in addition to a 64-bit Samsung Exynos processor under the hood, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also pack 4GB of RAM. That is possible thanks to the new chip introduced earlier Monday by the Korean OEM. The low power DDR4 RAM chip offers 50% better performance than the currently used low power DDR3 RAM, while using only 40% of the energy. Other specs rumored to be included in the Galaxy S5 include Android 4.4 pre-installed, a 16-Mega Pixel camera with the ability to capture pictures in low-light conditions, a 4000mAh battery and a metal casing for at least one variant of the phone. Surely your eyes are dilated, and drool exits your mouth just looking at these numbers and thinking about the possibilities. Toss in the QHD panel and the eye scanner and February can't get here soon enough. That is when Samsung is expected to unveil the handset. Source
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    Galaxy S5 Metal Frame Leaks

    The frame arrives courtesy of notorious leaker Nowhereelse.fr, a French blog with a rich history in getting hold of products and parts before during the very early stages. One reason, perhaps, why the Galaxy S4 has not sold in the vast numbers Samsung might have hoped, is cited by many to be the cheap, plastic body. Many other companies competed with the Galaxy S / S2 / S3 in terms of hardware, but most of these rivaling handsets also sported a fairly underwhelming finish. This all changed earlier on in the year with the HTC One, a handset with an uber-sharp display, quad-core Snapdragon processor and, notably, a slick aluminum finish. Many Samsung fans have been crying out for the high-end handset to be afforded an equally high quality finish, and this metal frame suggests this could finally be the case with the S5. Of course, this leak cannot be verified, and it’s also very much possible that the rest of the device could be comprised of plastic, but for those hoping Samsung comes through with something vastly different from the S 4, this should be taken as an encouraging sign. Nowhereelse.fr’s sources claim Samsung will be bringing an aluminum smartphone in the future, and with the HTC One and iPhone 5s both the subject of much acclaim from design experts and fans in general, it will be interesting to see whether the South Korean company does feel like breaking a habit of a lifetime. The frame also points to a slightly larger display than that of the S4, but we’d expect this to be the case anyway. We’ve also been hearing that Samsung plans to really push the envelope with regards to the cameras of both the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, and we certainly cannot wait to hear more about these two eagerly-awaited handsets. Source
  17. All of our questions about the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be answered come February 24th in Barcelona, but that hasn't stopped more rumors and speculations about the device from circulating the media. In fact, a newest piece of data from AnTuTu suggests that there will be two different Galaxy S5 devices with significantly disparate technical specifications: SM-G900H and SM-G900R4. The SM-G900R4 is packing a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 3GB of RAM, Andreno 330 GPU, 32GB internal storage, 16MP primary camera, 2.1MP front-facing unit, a QHD display, and will have KitKit 4.4.2 out of the box. The SM-G900H version comes with much different specs: a 1.5GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 522 CPU, 2GB RAM, ARM Mali-T628 GPU, 16GB internal storage, and an HD Display. The camera and Android versions are identical to the G900R4. Which version are you more excited for? Source
  18. A report out of Korea on Monday says that Samsung is having yield issues with the fingerprint scanner that is earmarked for use on the just announced Samsung Galaxy S5. According to the report, Samsung has turned to a third party producer and is said to be in negotiations with a company called Crucialtec to provide the fingerprint scanners for the Galaxy S5. Circletec is the largest manufacturer of mobile Optical Track Pads and produces a line of fingerprint scanners. There is also talk that Samsung is talking with the company to outfit the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a biometrics package as well. Various rumors last year had a fingerprint scanner coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but that idea was dropped and reports say the blame should be placed on a third party supplier whose scanner could not pass Quality Assurance at Samsung. Now, Samsung's own in-house design is apparently failing and to make matters worse, the company has promised the biometrics feature on its new flagship with an April 11th release date drawing ever so closer. Korean media characterizes this incident as "embarrassing" for Samsung. That might be, but if not rectified soon the more accurate description might be "desperation". Like TouchID on the Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung is embedding the scanner in the home button of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Source
  19. A rumour from a few weeks ago suggested that Samsung will unveil a successor for the smartphone/camera hybrid, the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Things might be quite far along as the company imported a number of SM-C115 "mobile camera" devices into India for testing. The significance here is that the Galaxy S4 Zoom carries the model numbers SM-C101 or SM-C105. According to the initial rumor, the Galaxy S5 Zoom will have a 4.8" Super AMOLED screen with qHD resolution and will be launched in May. Unfortunately, unlike some other Zauba listings there's no mention of screen size here. Anyway, the Galaxy S5 is expected to be unveiled at the Unpacked event at the MWC (that conspicuous "5" really stirred things up). The Galaxy S4 Zoom was announced about three months after the S4 phone, so the timeframe works out for a May unveiling if the S5 really arrives at the MWC. Source
  20. Samsung announced the time and date of its next Unpacked event. The Korean giant’s next major mobile product announcement will take place this month, on February 24 in Barcelona, right at the MWC kickoff. The invitations contain more than a subtle hint that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will break cover during the event. They have the number 5 on display which is as clear a suggestion as it gets in our book. A potential appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress guarantees it a great deal of spotlight. Samsung was relatively quiet during last year’s MWC and did not announce any flagship products. Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 include a 2K display and 16MP f/2.2 camera. The smartphone is tipped to launch with a revamped TouchWiz user interface sitting on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Source
  21. Samsung Galaxy S5 benchmark screenshots have allegedly appeared on AnTuTu, confirming a 16 MP camera on the back, but the rest of the specs listed are underwhelming, at least compared to the rumors bandied about. What we see is a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 800 - powered device with 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM, a 16 MP camera on the back, and 2 MP at the front. Temperature and humidity sensors are also conspicuously absent, and these are an integral part of Samsung's S Health app. However, the source confirms that the benchmark is done on one of Samsung's engineering sample "mules", though, which are distributed for testing purposes to carriers and the like, prior to release. These are usually stuffed in generic chassis, and the externals, as well as some internals, aren't the final deal, so it's too early to deduce anything from the benchmark system info and final results below. Another possibility is that this is a carrier version, but at least a 16 MP camera seems to be a done deal, if the AnTuTu leak holds water. Source
  22. Those of you who've eyed the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5, mark your calendars. We've spoken to a Samsung executive, who has confirmed the Galaxy S5 will go on sale in three weeks. Samsung's Unpacked 5 event at the Mobile World Congress is scheduled for next week - February 24, Monday at 20:00 CET. This gives Samsung just two weeks to get the device in stores before it's finally ready for customers to purchase in the middle of March. The information was also confirmed by other trustworthy sources of ours. Earlier in January, we also received information that aligns with what we now know. The specs of Samsung's next flagship suggest 3 GB of RAM, Snapdragon 800 or 805 chipset, with a quad-core Krait CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz, 16 or 21 MP camera, 5.25" QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Soon enough we'll see if it's a bezel-free one. The TouchWiz user interface will receive a plethora of enhancements with the introduction of a new cleaner and flatter look. Source
  23. Borrowing a page out of Windows Phone’s book, the newest installment of Samsung’s Galaxy flagship lineup will reportedly feature a new Kids Mode parental control feature. Kids Mode takes after Kids Corner in WP8, and will give you a special limited access user account for when you want to lend your Galaxy S5 to a child or someone else. Kids Mode will let you set a PIN to control access to apps and settings and limit the numbers your kid can call. There’s even going to be an option to control the amount of time that can be spent playing a particular game or using a specific app. Samsung will hopefully go into more detail at the Galaxy S5 announcement, which is expected to take place next week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Be sure to check back with us for complete coverage of the event! Source
  24. Gold is back in fashion, haven't you heard? We obtained a snapshot of the Vodafone's inventory system, which confirms that the mobile carrier will indeed be selling a gold version of Samsung's upcoming flagship: the Galaxy S5. The proof is in the pudding: you can see the Gold S5's name and model number amongst its other golden smartphone brethren: the iPhone 5S and HTC One 4G. The Samsung Galaxy S4 also got a couple of gold versions, but those only arrived a few months after the smartphone went on sale. This time however it appears that the third hue will be available from day 1. Anybody interested in picking up a bling'ed-out Galaxy S5? Source
  25. South Korean regulators caught the country's carriers violating laws that impose the maximum subsidy for a phone. The resulting 45 day ban of acquiring new customers that starts on April 5 would interfere with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 on April 11. The Galaxy S5 is going to be one of the hottest sellers for both Samsung and the carriers, so SK Telecom "strongly asked" Samsung to launch the flagship earlier. Starting today, SK Telecom stores and website will be offering the Galaxy S5 at KWR 866,800 ($810) off contract. The other two major carriers – KT and LG Uplus – will also be able to sell the Galaxy S5 under some restrictions. Samsung is "very puzzled" by SK's decision to move up the launch. The phone maker adds that the international launch of the device remains on April 11. Even if the company doesn’t entirely agree with the carrier's decision, investors are obviously quite happy as its stock went up 3.7%. Source
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