Samsung Galaxy S5 in Electric Blue Hue to Debut in the U.S. Exclusive to Best Buy for $99 On-Contract and More

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | August 7, 2014 12:36 PM EST

Samsung Galaxy S5 in "Electric Blue" hue will be available for purchase starting Aug. 17 in the U.S. However, this blue variant is exclusive to electronics retailer Best Buy.

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Students walk out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul July 7, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 24.5 percent in April-June, its lowest in two years due to slowing growth in the company's cash cow smartphone business and the strength of the South Korean won.

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Furthermore, the Galaxy S5 can be purchased under contract from carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Also, there is a killer deal offered between the time frame of Aug. 17 and Aug. 23. Within this time period, the Samsung handset can be availed for $99 under 2-year contract from the aforementioned carriers, according to Phone Arena.

In case a user signed up for the monthly instalment programs like Verizon Edge, AT&T Next or Sprint Easy Pay, the Galaxy S5 can be purchased for $0 down. In addition, the subscriber will also receive a Best Buy gift card worth $100 upon activating the smartphone.

Interested readers and potential buyers with "My Best Buy" membership can get the Electric Blue Samsung Galaxy S5 on Aug 15. This means, members will get the handset two days prior to the availability to general public on Aug. 17.

However, there is more to the deal. From Aug. 17 (in case of general public) and Aug. 15 (in case of My Best Buy members), the aforementioned discounted price applies to all available hues of the Samsung Galaxy S5 purchased via Best Buy. Nevertheless, this killer deal ends on Aug. 23. As mentioned earlier, this deal is applicable only for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint customers.

Key Specifications

Here is a refresher of the Samsung Galaxy S5's key specifications:

The Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display packed with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels resolution and 432 ppi pixel density. The device is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz. It runs on Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat) and Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of it. This Samsung handset houses 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage capacity with microSD card support for expansion up to 128 GB.

The phone sports a solid 16 MP rear-facing camera unit with LED flash and a 2 MP front-facing shooter. The camera supports autofocus, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, HDR, touch focus, face and smile detection, and image stabilization. Also, the Galaxy S5 is capable of recording 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos.

Apart from supporting the standard connectivity choices like Bluetooth v4.0, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 and Wi-Fi hotspot, the handset also supports NFC and Infrared port. Additionally, the Galaxy S5 houses a good Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery unit and wireless charging facility.

Other features include micro-sim support and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection. In addition, the Galaxy S5 comes equipped with Fingerprint scanner (PayPal certified) and dust/water proof exterior (IP67 certified).

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Students walk out of Samsung Electronics' headquarters in Seoul July 7, 2014. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said operating profit likely fell 24.5 percent in April-June, its lowest in two years due to slowing growth in the company's cash cow smartphone business and the strength of the South Korean won.
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