While some details are still under wraps, we've scoured the top tech blogs to bring you all the info you need to know about the price and release date of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.
1. Release Date
5 reasons the Samsung Galaxy S5 will crush the iPhone http://t.co/FDSjRI7fwc
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 25, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11. Engadget adds that the phone will be available in a staggering 150 different countries.
The Bloomberg video above runs down five of the phone's best features. Samsung has yet to announce pricing information for their Galaxy S5 smartphone. That being said, it is possible to make an educated guess about the retail price, if not the sort of offers that carriers will be promoting to people who upgrade to the S5.
In our article comparing the Galaxy S5 to the iPhone 5S, we made a guess about the phone's pricing;
"This is a tricky call at the moment. While Samsung has announced a release date of April 11 for their S5 phone, they have yet to announce the price. T-Mobile lists the S4's current retail price at $624, while Best Buy lists the S4 at $749.99. Based on the prices being commanded by the 9-month old S4, it's safe to guess that the S5 will cost around the same as the S4 when it launches this spring, if not a bit more."
3. Retailers That Will Carry the Samsung Galaxy S5
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarraUK) February 25, 2014
Engadget has a roundup of all the top carriers and retailers that will carry the phone in the US and the UK. Here's their summary:
"Over here in the US, it'll be available on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular...If you'd rather go elsewhere for your mobile needs, retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart will have the GS5 plus all three of Samsung's newly announced wearables. As for our friends across the Atlantic, UK providers EE, Three and Vodafone UK have jumped aboard the GS5 bandwagon, as have retailers Phones4u and Carphone Warehouse. Though it hasn't been announced, we expect other carriers such as O2 will support the phone too. "
4. Pricing May Vary by Carrier/Retailer
The Bloomberg video above talks about Samsung's Galaxy S5 in greater depth.
Many smartphones are priced slightly differently at different retailers or carriers. Additionally, carriers may offer promotions to draw in Galaxy S5 buyers. In the weeks leading up to the April 11 launch date, expect to see many different carriers vying for consumers with aggressive pricing strategies.
5. Samsung Galaxy S5 Case Prices
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) February 25, 2014
Most people want to protect their investment, and so they choose to buy a protective case for their smartphones. While pricing info about the phone itself is scarce, we have some indication of how much a case for this new phone will cost. T3 has a great post that rounds up some popular Samsung Galaxy S5 case options. Expect to pay between $30 and $50 for a new case, depending on materials and designer.