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  • Gadgets, News - Written by on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:07 - 7 Comments

    All Australian telcos to offer Samsung Galaxy S5


    news Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 handset revealed overnight at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona is set to be offered by all three of Australia’s major mobile telcos, although the Korean manufacturer has not yet confirmed any pricing or availability details for the device’s Australian launch.

    The handset introduces a number of new features to Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line, as well as consolidating existing popular top-end features included with previous models. It comes with a 5.1″ Super AMOLED screen running at a resolution of 1920 by 1080, a 2.5GHz quad-core application processor, version 4.4.2 of Google’s Android operating system, a 16 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera, support for the Category 4 standard for 4G/LTE speeds (supporting download speeds of 150Mbps and upload speeds of 50Mbps) and an in-built fingerprint reader.

    The device is also dust and water resistant up to the IP67 standard, comes with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of storage space, as well as support for a microSD card up to 128GB. The handset weighs 145g, and its battery life has also been substantially improved over the previous model, the Galaxy S4. The back cover of the S5, which is still removable, departs from the previous soft plastic feel of previous models and is now more leathery, not unlike Google’s Nexus 7 tablet or Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 3 handset. It will be available in four colours, including “charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold”.

    In its global statement, Samsung said the device would be available globally through the company’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers in April. Locally, Samsung Australia issued a statement saying:

    “The Samsung GALAXY S5 is an extremely exciting smartphone that we look forward to bringing to Australians. Building on the pedigree of our flagship GALAXY brand, a hallmark of Samsung’s quality and innovation, the GALAXY S5 continues our legacy of delivering mobile devices that help enrich the lives of our customers. With a range of compelling features, the GALAXY S5 will be well-suited to the Australian way of life. Australian pricing and availability for the Samsung GALAXY S5 will be announced at the time of the local launch.”

    Both Optus and Vodafone have already confirmed they will offer the Galaxy S5 in Australia, and it is believed that Telstra will do so as well. New additions to Samsung’s wearable technology range have also been announced: The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches and the Gear Fit wristband.

    Early previews of the Galaxy S5 have been broadly positive. The Verge wrote that Samsung had a successful formula with its previous S4 model, and for the most part, it appears that the company has retained that with the S5. “Things are faster, nicer feeling, and easier to use, but it’s still a Samsung smartphone through and through, and will likely be just as successful if not more so than its predecessor,” the publication wrote.

    Engadget wrote in its own preview: “All told, it’s very much a run-of-the-mill Galaxy S flagship, but there are enough new hardware features and software tweaks to make it feel fresh.”

    It is increasingly obvious that there are only a small number of handsets which actually sell in any decent volumes in Australia. The iPhone is one and Samsung’s Galaxy S line is another one. If I see people using their phones in Sydney, it’s usually a model from these two lines. In this vein, I expect the S5 to be very successful, although it doesn’t look as though Samsung has made many substantial changes here from the S4.

    I would actually advise many readers interested in the S5 to keep an eye out for rapid price drops on the S4 instead, or perhaps the Galaxy Note 3, as I’m not sure that Samsung has really done enough here with the S5 to differentiate it from the S4, already a stellar handset. Personally, I’m more excited at this point to see what Samsung does next with its ‘phablet’ line, the Note series. The Note 3 was an incredible model and a huge step up from the Note 2. It will be interesting to see what’s new in the Note 4.

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    1. Sathias
      Posted 25/02/2014 at 12:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I do like the look of this model, could be the next phone I buy after my Sony Experia Z. I just hope it doesn’t have different hardware to the international models, which always causes issues when trying to use a non-standard distro like CyanogenMod.

    2. Gibbo McCool
      Posted 25/02/2014 at 12:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      If the forums I’ve seen are anything to go by it hasn’t been well received. Quite a few have crossed it off their list and are considering HTC one or Sony x2, including me.

      S5 is too big and looks tacky for my taste.

      Telstra are flogging it already, havent seen anything from them on the X2 though.

    3. chris crikeym8
      Posted 27/02/2014 at 4:50 am | Permalink | Reply

      Im sure Samsung can live without those bitching about Samsung not making a phone that suits the whingers. HAS ANYONE HERE ACTUALLY PULLED A s Series S phone apart?? Well untill u do then shut ya gobs. The fact theycan make a device do what it does with the precision of a DSLR camera costing $3000 is nothing short of amazing. fact is the S5 will sell huge, and those stating they will go with a HTC or Sony X2 should do so, but dont go bitching in 3 months when u start to miss the flexability to root, the OS features, and every other tweaking and overclocking abilitys that come with a SAMMY. Oh, HTC is in financial crissis, good luck with ya warrantys . If u cant afford a S5 then buy a S3 or even a S2, at least buy a phone thats worth the money. But just because some people decided to listen to their mates and went HTC or Sony, well go spruke ya rubbish elsewhere and stop bagging SAMMY because u now feel upset u couldnt wait a little longer for a real phone. FACT, SAMSUNG SALES 2013 – 301 MILLION UNITS. Apple, 81 MILLION, htc 9 MILLION

    4. Matt F
      Posted 28/02/2014 at 8:19 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The other important thing is that the S5 will support LTE band 28… or in laymans terms, the 700MHz band. With this phone you will be able to use the networks that Telstra and Optus switch on in Jan 2015. As no existing devices currently support the APT700 band, the spectrum will be nice and empty (as the 1800MHz band inevitably starts to fill up)

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