Samsung fans eager to get their hands on the Galaxy S5 users will be able to start preordering the phone from AT&T starting tomorrow. The big blue carrier plans to have pre-orders for Samsung’s new flagship handset starting at $199.99 (about £121.09/AUS $221.09) with a two-year service contract. AT&T didn’t post an exact date on when the Galaxy S5 will begin to be in stock at its brick-and-mortar stores, but web pre-orders will start shipping out in April.
Alternatively AT&T customers can pick up the smartphone for $25 (about £15/AU$27) per month for 18 months with AT&T Next or 12 monthly installments of $32.50 (about £19.67/AU$35.92). The full retail price for the device with no commitment is $649.99 (about £393.56/AU$718.57). Small refinements We got our hands-on with the Galaxy S5 back at MWC 2014 and the phone was a quiet overall upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S4. The new Galaxy S5 features a slightly larger 5.1-inch 1920×1080 HD Super AMOLED screen.
Inside the phone is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad core processor paired with 2 GB RAM and 16 GBs internal storage. Slotting in a microSD card will expand the memory with 128 more gigabytes and the phone comes running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung typical new little additions to the Galaxy phone also include a fingerprint sensor embedded into the screen and a built-in activity-tracking app called S Health. On the back there’s a 16-megapixel sensor paired with an improved phase detection autofocus system, which finds focus detecting if the light coming through the lens is in phase. The HTC One 2, the Samsung Galaxy S5′s big rival, is on its way.