Samsung has confirmed that its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, will be available for pre-order from 28 March.
The Galaxy S5 will be available for pre-order from the Samsung website and the Samsung Experience Store at Stratford Westfield in London. There is currently no word on the Galaxy S5’s price, but the firm has promised to release further details soon.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona at the end of February. It is a marked upgrade on Samsung’s previous Galaxy S4 handset.
Its biggest new features are a fingerprint scanner and an upgrade to the Knox security service. The fingerprint scanner is housed in the Galaxy S5’s home button and, similar to the Touch ID scanner seen on the iPhone 5S, it lets users set the phone to only unlock when it has authenticated their identity via the scanner.
The upgraded Knox security was unveiled just after the Galaxy S5 at MWC. It adds key new features such as upgraded certificate management, VPN+, Knox Marketplace and Knox Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).
It is currently unclear if the new Knox security feature will be on Galaxy S5s bought from the Samsung website and Experience Store; the original Knox security was only available to businesses who bought handsets directly from Samsung or a select number of network partners. At the time of publishing Samsung had not responded to V3‘s request for clarification.
The Galaxy S5 is built to IP67 certification standards, making it water, dust and scratch resistant. It also comes with an enhanced 16MP rear camera and more powerful Quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 32-bit processor.
Samsung vice president of IT and Mobile Simon Stanford said he expects the upgrades to be a hit with early buyers.
“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,” he said.
The Galaxy S4 is currently Samsung’s best-selling smartphone to date, storming past the 10 million sales mark, just one month after it was released. A Carphone Warehouse spokesman said the company expects the Galaxy S5 to boast similarly impressive early sales.
“We’ve seen record numbers of pre-registrations for the Samsung Galaxy S5 compared to its predecessors, so we know that customer demand for this new handset is exceptionally high,” he said.
“We’re expecting pre-orders to go through the roof when we open on 28 March as a huge number of Samsung fans are coming toward the end of their contracts and will be looking to upgrade to a new, yet still familiar, device.”
For a more in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 check out V3‘s hands-on review.