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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 UK availability starts to take shape

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Major carriers and high-street retailers already offering registration pages

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official and there's bound to be a ton of people out there that want to know where to get one. Samsung announced April 11 as the grand release date for 150 countries and some of the UK carriers and retailers are starting to show their hands.

Honestly, if it wasn't available on all the major carriers and usual retail sources we'd be more surprised. But it's always good to get an early heads up, especially since we're about six weeks out from launch. At this point EE, and Vodafone have posted registration pages for the Galaxy S5, as have Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U. Three has also confirmed its intention to carry the new phone.

We'll keep updating as and when more sources and information becomes available.

More: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 confirmed across major Canadian providers

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and many of the smaller Canadian providers will be selling the Galaxy S5.

Hot on the heels from the announcement at Mobile World Congress, we've got confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be coming to all of the big service providers across Canada. That includes Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile.

The Rogers reserve system is ready to go for eager Galaxy S5 owners-to-be, while TELUS has notification mailing list set up, as has Bell. Bell's confirmed that we'll see the device in April, which bodes well for the other two carriers.

Any Canadians going to be hopping on the Samsung Galaxy S5?

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2 years ago

In pictures: Official Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 accessories

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Flip covers, S View covers, batteries, wireless chargers, watch straps and more!

Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone and Gear wearable devices, and along with it the company is launching a slew of new accessories, which were on show at its Unpacked 5 event in Barcelona today. There's the standard array of cases, including wireless charging backs, S View covers and regular flip covers, together with replacement batteries and straps for the Gear devices. Some cases and straps even come in designer variants, with offerings from Samsung partner Nicholas Kirkwood.

We've got pictures of all the accessories on show at Unpacked after the break, so go check 'em out. And hit up the ShopAndroid newsletter to learn when these accessories go on sale.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit launching April 11 worldwide

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You've seen the Samsung Galaxy S5's shimmering backs, you've read about the great new camera, and you've looked at your wrist, wondering what it might look like with a Gear 2 or Gear Fit strapped to it. But when will you be able to get one?

April 11, 2014, that's when. Samsung's announced their latest products unveiled at MWC 2014 will be launching in six weeks on more than 150 carriers. Pricing was not yet announced.

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2 years ago

The Galaxy S5 pictured from every angle you can imagine

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Every single inch — inside and out — of the latest Samsung flagship shown off

​Samsung has just dropped the device many have been waiting for, the Galaxy S5. And while it's worth reading all of our extensive coverage of the launch, device and features, sometimes you just want to see all of the pretty pictures. Luckily we have a whole boatload for you to check out, showing off every color of the Galaxy S5, much of its interface, several new (and wild) accessories and even what's under the back cover. (Pro tip: use the full screen button for this one — you'll find it in the bottom left corner of the gallery viewer.)

See also: Galaxy S5 hands-on | Full Galaxy S5 specs | Join the discussion in our Galaxy S5 forums

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs

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Full hardware specifications for Samsung's latest

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, and we've just posted our hands-on impressions of the device. But if you want to dig down into the nitty-gritty details and examine the GS5's hardware specs, we've also got you covered. Head on past the break for the complete Samsung Galaxy S5 spec listing.

And don't miss our complete Galaxy S5 review!

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on and initial review

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Samsung’s best gets even better in the Galaxy S5 — we take it out for a spin

Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Korean manufacturer at Mobile World Congress unveiled the fifth iteration of its flagship Android smartphone. And as we’ve come to expect, this one’s better than every one that’s come before it.

Let’s start with the basic Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 5.1-inch display. Android 4.4 KitKat.
  • 16-megapixel rear camera.
  • 2 gigabytes of RAM.
  • Storage options of 16 or 32 gigabytes.
  • MicroSD card storage.
  • Waterproofing with a IP67 rating.
  • 802.11 ac Wifi, with MIMIO (2x2).
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • USB 3.0.
  • NFC.
  • IR port.
  • 2,800 mAh (removable) battery.

What else could you want in the Galaxy S5? And we haven’t even mentioned all the software customizations. We’ve gotten a brief look at the Galaxy S5 here in Barcelona. Come with us now as we walk you through the GS5, as only Android Central can.

See also: Full Galaxy S5 specs | Galaxy S5 image gallery | Join the discussion in our Galaxy S5 forums

Update on April 18, 2014: Be sure to check out our comprehensive Galaxy S5 review!

 

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 made official: 5.1-inch HD screen, fingerprint scanner, and heart rate monitor in tow

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has gone official at Mobile World Congress with a whole bunch of new features.

After much ado at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official. It's running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage (plus microSD). The screen measures in at 5.1 inches and 1920 x 1080 resolution, with an IR blaster and USB 3.0 rounding out the inputs.

The 16 megapixel camera on the back can shoot 4K video at 30 FPS, and has a new selective focus to provide simulated depth of field. The 0.3 second autofocus time is also pretty impressive. Samsung is reporting 21 hours of talk time from the Samsung Galaxy S5's 2800 mAh battery, plus a new power-saving mode that flips the display to black and white. You'll also find a fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor. In-line with the more sporty features of the S Health app, the GS5 is fully dust resistant and waterproof up to 1 meter of submersion. Feel free to dig into the full list of specs here, and check out our hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Mobile World Congress.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launching globally in April. Who's in? Full press release is below.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 to focus on what matters most to consumers

The company’s 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 - Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter

Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

**Tap into the fastest connections **

The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active

With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look

The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection

The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

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2 years ago

Sizing up the LG G Pro 2, LG Optimus G Pro and LG G2

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LG's latest supersized smartphone meets its predecessor

The LG G Pro 2 was announced before Mobile World Congress and while we already went hands on, we've gone back to check it out next to some other LG devices. Namely its predecessor, the Optimus G Pro and its little brother, the G2

Make no mistake, the G Pro 2 is a big phone. But, what's truly very impressive is that it isn't that much bigger than the original Optimus G Pro. With a 0.4-inch screen size increase, the G Pro 2 is just a tiny bit taller and wider. Side-by-side with the G2, there's a more noticeable size difference, but again, not as much as you may imagine with a 0.7-inch screen size difference. 

Otherwise, the G Pro 2 is clearly part of the G2 family. It has traded the glossy back of the G2 and the Optimus G Pro for a more textured finish, though. Find a bunch more family photos after the break. 

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2 years ago

HTC didn't say a new HTC One is coming on March 25, except they kind of did

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The best is getting better next month

HTC just threw a little shindig here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and while we didn't hear about the supposed M8, we kind of did. The event launched the new Desire 816 mid-range smartphone but excitement was directed elsewhere.

Both HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang and CEO Peter Chou are super excited for March 25 in NYC and London. After referring to the current HTC One as still the world's best smartphone, Wang told us that on that date the best will be getting better.

So if we had any doubts left over what to expect, doubt no longer. We'll be live from both events in just a months time to see what the excitement is about.

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2 years ago

Panasonic announces rugged 5-inch Toughpad phone

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At Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic announced a new handset due to launch this fall in Europe. The 5-inch phone follows in line with their line of Toughpad products, in that it's tough as nails with protection against drops, extreme temperatures, water, and dust. The voice version of the device will have noise cancellation built in, which will be helpful for the industrial situations the it's likely to be used in. A glove-friendly touchscreen, barcode reader, and mounts for fixing screws all paint a picture of a phone that's ready for business.

It's been awhile since Panasonic launched the first Toughbook, but it's good to see the idea's still being supported. There's a niche market for Android devices in rough-and-tumble environments, and we don't see too many solutions that come forward to address it. Even as a consumer device, I'm interested in having a phone that I wouldn't feel nervous about dropping without a case.

Source: Panasonic

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2 years ago

Security-conscious Blackphone now available for preorder

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After making a healthy splash following its announcement, the Blackphone is ready to preorder for $629 and will be shipping in June. The Blackphone runs a version of Android they're calling PrivatOS, which, as the name suggests, aims to provide users with the utmost security and privacy.

From a pure specs standpoint, the Blackphone packs a 4.7" HD IPS screen, 2 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB storage, an 8 megapixel camera with flash, and LTE/HSPA+ connectivity. We're all a bit more conscious of privacy after the Snowden leaks, though it's unrealistic to expect the Blackphone will suddenly make you impervious to NSA monitoring. We're going to hunt one of these handsets down at Mobile World Congress and get a look for ourselves.

Anyone interested in getting a Blackphone can get preordering over here, or you can check out their promo video for a full run-down. Any takers?

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2 years ago

Head-to-Head: The LG G2 Mini versus the LG G2

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The little G2 might look like its big brother, but the beauty is skin deep

LG pulled the wraps off the new G2 Mini here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday. We've already gone hands on, but since we've got a regular G2 in our pockets we've put the two side-by-side to see how they stack up.

But, while the two look pretty much alike, the similarities end with the appearance. The G2 Mini has been trimmed down internally and given a much lower resolution screen. There's a couple of versions out there, but check out the video after the break to see the European G2 Mini and the European G2 in a quick side-by-side comparison.

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2 years ago

Next-generation YotaPhone ups resolution on secondary e-ink display

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We got up close and personal with the original YotaPhone at last year's Mobile World Congress, and this year they're refining the dual-screen formula with an improved e-ink display.

Users can lean on the 4.7-inch always-on touch-enabled e-ink rear display for variety of tasks, including answering calls, checking e-mail, and shooting out a tweet, and earn about 50 hours of usage time total. They've also tossed in a built-in light so the e-ink display is still useful in darker situations. The primary display is a 5-inch AMOLED screen, wireless charging is included, and the whole thing is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm 800 processor.

This whole party in the front, business in the back reverse-mullet thing is kind of interesting, especially if it can deliver the promised battery savings. It certainly would take awhile to get used to using a phone with two big screens like this, but the idea of not having to wake up your phone for at-a-glance information is certainly appealing. Expect to see the new YotaPhone in EMEA and Russia in Q4 2014, and another version in America and Asia three or four months later.

Source: YotaPhone

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2 years ago

Quick look: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition

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It actually looks pretty hot

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S4 Black Edition for selected markets, and we've stumbled across one here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And you know what? It actually looks pretty darn hot! There's a lot to be said for a color change and a faux leather back.

Essentially that's what's different about it to any other Galaxy S4. Besides looking pretty fantastic, it makes a big difference to how it feels in the hand. We've never really been enamoured with the regular, glossy plastic back on the S4, but with the Note 3 style leather effect – and stitching – it feels so much better to hold.

Oh, and one more thing. The Black Edition on show here at MWC has Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board – as some folks in some places might be seeing already – and Touchwiz looks like Touchwiz. With time to really dig around there's bound to be new stuff, but to the casual eye it's business as usual.

Head on past the break for a few extra shots of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition. If only it had launched sooner. Much sooner.

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