Samsung Galaxy S5 Preview Models to Hit Stores This Month ahead of Official Release

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By Rohit KVN | March 21, 2014 8:26 PM EST

World smartphone leader Samsung today announced that the new Galaxy S5 preview models would hit select global stores this month.

The global preview of Galaxy S5 kick started today (21 March) at exclusive Samsung Experience Stores, mobile carrier shops, and select authorized retail outlets in the USA and Switzerland. 59 other regions including Brazil, China, Germany and the UK are expected to showcase the Samsung phone later this month.

However, there is no official word on whether the preview models would reach Indian shores ahead of the 11 April launch but considering the subcontinent being a huge smartphone market (the third biggest in the world), there is a high probability that Indians might get a chance to savor hands-on experience of the new phone, before making a decision.

Apart from the Galaxy S5, Samsung will also showcase compatible devices like Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit as well.

Key features of Galaxy S5 include fingerprint sensor, heart rate sensor, water-and-dust resistant IP67 certifications, 0.3-second auto-focus (world's fastest), 2800 mAh battery with 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' and a faster 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor.

"The new Galaxy S5 and Gear devices are designed for what matters most to our consumers," said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT& Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.

"We listened closely to our consumers when designing these products, and we want to give as many customers as possible the enough chance to experience of Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit before they purchase," he added.

 Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5:

Model

Samsung Galaxy S5

Display

5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1920x1080p) resolution having pixel density of 440 plus ppi (pixels per inch)

OS

Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS

Processor

2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU

(chipset: MSM8974AC)

GPU

Adreno 330

RAM

2GB

Storage capacity

16GB/32GB , expandable up to 128GB via micro SD card

Camera

Main: 16.0-megapixel camera with HDR, fast (0.3-second) auto-focus, 4K video recording 

Front: 2.1-megapixel camera with full HD video recording

Battery

2800 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving Mode

Talk time: up to 21 hours

Standby mode: 390 hours

Network

LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)

Connectivity

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2x2)),  Bluetooth v4.0 BLE/ANT+, NFC, IR Remote

Add-ons

Water-proof and dust-resistant IP67 certification, finger print based biometric technology, Kids mode, Private mode, Download booster, S Health v3.0,

Dimensions

142.5 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm

Weight

145 g

Colors

Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold

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amsung Galaxy S5 smartphone (L), Gear 2 smartwatch (C) and Gear Fit fitness band are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
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