Samsung on Wednesday announced that U.K. buyers interested in the Galaxy S5 will be able to pre-order the smartphone starting with Friday, March 28, from select retailers, the company’s local e-store and the Stratford Westfield Experience Store. While Samsung did not say in its press release how much the device will cost, various retailers and mobile operators that are already taking Galaxy S5 pre-orders have debunked a rumor that said the phone will be more affordable than the Galaxy S4.
Unsurprisingly, the U.K. will be one of the first markets to get it, as Samsung kicked off the release of other flagship Galaxy handsets with a U.K. pre-order and launch. The company did not reveal pre-order details for other regions, although the phone is set to launch globally on April 11.
“We wanted to give our customers in the UK the chance to get their hands on the next generation of our Galaxy S smartphone as soon as possible by giving them the option to pre-order,” Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland Vice President of IT & Mobile division Simon Stanford said. “With the Galaxy S5, we’ve very much focused on the features that our customers want and will use the most on a day to day basis, and look forward to hearing what they think when they get their new device.”
The full press release follows below.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 AVAILABLE TO PREORDER IN THE UK FROM 28 MARCH
Fifth generation Galaxy device available from selected retailers, Samsung e-store and Stratford Westfield Experience Store
12 March, 2014, London, UK – Samsung Electronics has today announced that customers in the UK can pre-order the new Galaxy S5 from selected retailers, Samsung’s e-store and the Stratford Westfield Experience Store from Friday 28th March.
The Galaxy S5 has an advanced camera, the fastest network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features. With a 16 megapixel camera, the device also has the world’s fastest autofocus speed and advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR).
The Galaxy S5 has the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, so you can enjoy blazing fast data speeds. Plus, for an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 also features Download Booster, a Wi-Fi technology designed to boost data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously.
The new Galaxy S5 also offers tools to help you stay fit and well, including a comprehensive personal fitness tracker, a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. In addition, the IP67 dust and water resistant device has a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless mobile payment experience.
“We wanted to give our customers in the UK the chance to get their hands on the next generation of our Galaxy S smartphone as soon as possible by giving them the option to pre-order,” said Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “With the Galaxy S5, we’ve very much focused on the features that our customers want and will use the most on a day to day basis, and look forward to hearing what they think when they get their new device.”
The Galaxy S5 will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April 11. To pre-order, visit: http://store.samsung.com/uk