Galaxy S5

Next flagship up for pre-order two weeks ahead of April 11 launch date

Samsung UK has revealed that the Galaxy S5 will be available for pre-order from Friday, March 28 — two weeks ahead of the global launch date of April 11. In the UK, GS5 pre-orders will be available from "selected retailers" as well as Samsung's online store and the company's flagship brick-and-mortar outlet at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center in London.

Meanwhile a seperate press release from Carphone Warehouse confirms that it'll have the Galaxy S5 available for pre-order on March 28, too. Neither Samsung nor Carphone has pre-order pricing for the handset at present, but other outlets such as Unlocked-Mobiles show a £550 ($914) SIM-free price.

Will you be bagging a launch day Galaxy S5, and if so will you be placing your pre-order on March 28? Shout out in the comments!

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Press Release

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