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Samsung Galaxy S5 coming to eleven Canadian carriers in April

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Samsung unleashed the Galaxy S5 today and it’ll be landing on Canadian soil this coming April. The anticipated device, as expected, has a similar design to the previous Galaxy S4 and SIII, but this new version has a “refined experience” and is packed with improved specs and features.

The LTE-enabled GS5 runs Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat, 5.1 inch Super AMOLED FullHD display (1920×1080, 432ppi), 2.5 Ghz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 and 32GB of storage, 2800 mAh battery and will come with IP67 rating that makes it Waterproof and dust resistant. The GS5 is “modern and refreshing” and will come in Black, White, Blue, Gold and also sports a fingerprint scanner for added security.

Samsung’s official press release notes that the GS5 will be available in April, but according to Samsung Canada, we can expect this to arrive sometime “later this year” on Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Koodo, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron, Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile. No indication of pricing or colours.

Update: Samsung has stated that this will hit nearly 150 countries on April 11th, but still no word on the price points, nor if Canada is included in that release date.

Update #2: Virgin Mobile has gone live with pre-registrations and confirm that the Galaxy S5 will be available in April. TELUS has also started pre-registrations on their site. Bell has also gone live with pre-reg and states it’s coming April. Videotron has now gone live with their pre-registration page here.

Update 3: We’ve confirmed that those who order through Rogers Reservation System will be able to select from either black or white colours. Fido has also joined the masses and updated their site for new and existing customers to reserve online.

  • geokilla

    I’m going to guess $299 on a 2 year contract with monthly plans having to cost at least $70/month. Off contract will be $699.

    • ScooterinAB

      I’d say maybe $199 and $749. Those are closer to the Note and S4 price points.

    • JoMore

      For $699 outright will be $199 and if it’s $799 like the Note 3 then it’ll be $299.
      New flagship devices usually have a $500 subsidy. And come xmas season they’ll be $0 on a 2 yr just like iPhone 5S and S4 was this past boxing week.

    • Brian Blanchard

      “So much for Rogers Next” – Price point still not announced.

    • angelbabeh

      Rogers is gonna 129.99 on contract

  • Mohamed Abdourahman

    hopefully Koodo doesn’t get stuck with just one colour option.

    • KiwiBri

      thats more of a budget brand ? Koodo? Not saying the S5 is “premium” but thats the way they want to market it

  • KiwiBri

    looks like Samsung S5 will be my next phone.. the camera sounds great.

    • OMFCody

      No optical image stabilization. Looking forward to see what htc does with the dual 13mp 4up camera setup on the One that is most likely going to be present.

    • KiwiBri

      ah.. good point… but if its fast enough.. will that make up for it? Dang.. decisions.. GS5, Sony Z2, LG Pro 2, HTC One2…

    • Sukhvir Gill

      GS5 or HTC one2.

    • Anaron

      I’ve read good things about the new IPS display in Sony’s Xperia Z2. It also features the Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM (vs. Snapdragon 800 and 2GB in the Galaxy S5).

    • FlamesFan89

      Agreed. I won’t be replacing my phone for at least another year, so many things can change and many new products can hit the market before that happens, but from where I’m sitting, the Xperia Z2 is far more intriguing to me than the GS5.

      Now if Google would put out a nexus device that has gobs of storage, like in the 128GB range, then my decision would be made, but as it stands now, I have to stick to phones with microSD slots.

    • Anaron

      The fact that Samsung’s GS5 ROM takes up 8GB of space makes it even less appealing. Most carriers are going to offer the 16GB model so that makes it even worse. Sure, it has microSD support but that’s only good enough for media storage. Internal storage is much faster but I understand that there are users out there like you with high storage requirements. As for me, I’m more than happy with 32GB. 64GB would be overkill and 128GB would be God mode.

    • FlamesFan89

      The reason for me wanting the large capacity is that I have a very large music collection and want to have it all with me. I often travel for work and want to have access to my whole collection. I don’t want to have to be swapping things on and off all the time. It’s doable, but inconvenient, and isn’t the whole point of these phones having all these capabilities so that it makes things easier and more convenient?

    • expat

      I am a diplomat, and travel a lot also. But I do not need my phone to carry my music collection. My 64 gb card can carry enough to get around. If you are a professional, then you may want to take with you a storage device. Right?

    • FlamesFan89

      My 64GB card works for me too, but that wasn’t the point i was making. I was saying that if Google is insisting on going with internal storage only, and it seems like they are trying to make SD cards nearly useless with Android, then they, or someone, needs to offer a big capacity phone. Cloud storage is fine in theory, but not practical considering data rates. I can’t afford to stream my music collection, and if I’m going to own a device who’s sole purpose is to provide more convenience in my life, then I don’t want it to be inconvenient, which, being forced to constantly swap my music, it would be.

      It is a simple feature need/request, more internal storage. It wouldn’t require any sort of R&D, it doesn’t require any sort of innovation. It’s easy, and I find it hard to believe that there wouldn’t be a market.

    • unbiasedguy17

      PPI on S5 is still higher than the Z2 and the S5 indeed has the Snapdragon 801 clocked higher at 2.5GHz which is the fastest in North America.
      The RAM wont make a difference for GS5 because the throughput through the processor relies less on onboard RAM.
      When have you ever used a Sony product that is good tbh? I’ve tried a lot of them and that software on top is just simply terrible.You can have high end specs but it wont fix all their software woes.

    • Anaron

      The 200 MHz clock speed difference will have a negligible impact on performance. It’d actually hurt battery performance and considering the battery is smaller in the S5, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

      As for the S5′s software, the custom ROM takes up 8.14GB of space. You get more usable space on the Z2. And yes, I’ve had a chance to play with the Z1 and the software was great but the display was abysmal.

    • Johnny S.

      looks like we’ve found a sheep here

  • Max Fireman

    Although it’s not hugely different from the S4, it sure does look appealing to cellphone aficionados. Count me in!

  • Dizz

    Nexus 5 unlocked & off contract for $350. FTW.

    • bigshynepo

      Sony Xperia Z2 for sure over the Galaxy S5.
      The Sony has:

      - .1″ larger display
      - newer chipset (801 vs 800)
      - more ram (3gb vs 2gb)
      - higher mp cameras front and back
      - bigger battery (3200 mah vs 2800 mah)
      - stereo sound
      - available in some markets sooner
      The Sony is even better than the LG G2 in many regards…

    • Max Fireman

      Wow, the Sony Xperia Z2 looks amazing!

    • clementine

      the screen looks horrible in comparison to the S5!

    • Dimitri

      Agreed with what you said BUT Rogers nor any carrier jump to put it on reservations or pre orders right at the announcement like the Galaxy line. Carriers seem to want the Samsung products more then Sony. I would love i Rogers tomorrow or this week open up the reservation system for the Z2

    • bigshynepo

      $amsung pays for those kind of pre-order marketing promos. Sony Z2 will be available in Canada soon or unlocked from international retailers in March. Definately worth waiting imo

    • unbiasedguy17

      - .1″ larger display- Really, only .1…hardly a deciding factor and S5 still has higher PPI
      - newer chipset (801 vs 800)- S5 has 801 as well and clocked higher
      - more ram (3gb vs 2gb)- New chipset doesn’t rely on onboard RAM as much so extra GB isn’t needed.
      - higher mp cameras front and back- Lens optics and sensors can close the gap, so you’d really have to try both out first before deciding.
      - bigger battery (3200 mah vs 2800 mah)- ANy Sony phone I’ve had has had attrocious battery so we’ll call it even,
      - stereo sound
      - available in some markets sooner- Doesnt make a difference if its not in your own market sooner
      All boils down to Sony’s terrible software that crashes and lags.

    • bigshynepo

      That handle sure seems to be a misnomer.

      First of all, there was LOTS of incorrect information within hours of the Samsung annoucement and the website I was reading said it was the 2.5Ghz Variant 800 Chip being used in the Samsung. Within hours, it was confirmed it would be an 801 2.5 ghz chip, .2 ghz faster than the Sony. Now that I have made you argument for you…

      Some may prefer the larger display or a smaller display (in that case, the Xperia Z compact is a great choice), but the PPI is only higher (and INDISTINGUISHABLY higher at that) because of the screen size to pixel density differential, not because of some better screen tech.

      More ram is absolute better, where you come off trying to argue that it isn’t is foolish and uneducated. Show me the article that says two 801 chips running the same clock speed won’t take advantage of that extra GB of ram in some way?

      Higher sensor size plus Sony’s lowlight camera tech has put some of Sony’s cameras in best in class categories against everything but the Lumia Pureview tech. I don’t suspect this will be any different this time around but you’re right, time will tell. QX10 and QX100 external lenses will undoubtedly be available for this phone as well.

      Bigger Battery is always better! Samsung claims to have some battery saving tech in their phone but it is probably just more app management software and i’ll have to see real world tests to give it any credence.

      Stereo front-facing sound, plus some quite nice over-the-ear noise cancelling headphones.

      Terrible software crashes? Update your firmware and manage your apps, no bigger problem than on any other android phone.

      Also, metal and glass construction from Sony vs plastic and glass from Samsung makes a huge difference for me.

      If one phone is better and available sooner, why not? I’ve ordered from other territories before, sometimes they get the best stuff, first.

      Was there anything else?

    • unbiasedguy17

      Non expandable…. zero camera features, lack of premium feel, average screen.
      For an mid to entry level device maybe.

  • TheFloppyBeaver

    Not sure why any one would actually want to get an S5 if they already have the S4 (same for the iPhone 5S over 5), the improvements are so minor. I wonder if Apple will sue Samsung for copying their business model lol.

    If the industry switch to a 2 year product cycle, it might actually bring more innovations to the market. Manufacturers can actually have more time to develop better ideas instead of just incrementally bumping up specs.

    It won’t happen, I get it; selling phones IS the business plan and going to a longer product cycle will do the exact opposite, but that sucks to actual consumers.

    • wes

      Im on a nexus 4 and I have no intentions of upgrading. I think phones should be released every two years instead of every year.

      Even though I don’t have LTE, I’ve been able to stream Netflix and the Olympics just fine. Therefore I’m going to wait for my phone to break or something that’s a must buy before I change this nexus 4.

    • wes

      I’m thinking more about the amount of e-waste that results of phones being released every year. Plus is there that much of a difference now between a flagship that was released 1-2 years ago? The iPhone 4s/5 is still a very good phone and so is there nexus 4.

    • RoboBonobo

      I think they’re doing fine the way they’re doing it.
      They bring out a new model every year so the people who have a 2 year old model can upgrade to something that’s brand new when the carrier lets them.
      Nobody says you have to upgrade every time a new version comes out.

    • TheFloppyBeaver

      I get that and it does make sense to those consumers. Even one like Wes above with an N4, this will be a marked improvement, but I was talking about people with a S4 or similar, the N4 is definitely a step below that.

      But I do believe a 2 year product cycle will improve innovation. There’s no doubt in my mind of this.

    • RoboBonobo

      People will upgrade to whatever is the best when their upgrade comes available. If a company only has a 1 year old model when that happens, the customer will buy something newer from the competition. That’s why they do it this way.
      A 2 year product cycle would only bring the same amount of innovation in the same amount of time; the difference would only be there would be a bigger improvement between steps in the products. It would be like if they didn’t release a S4 last year and the S5 was exactly the same but named S4 instead. There would be a bigger improvement going from S3 to S4, but it would take the same amount of time to get the same level of improvement.
      If you think it’s better to upgrade every 2 years, nobody’s going to try to stop you from ignoring every other iteration in the product cycle.

    • TheFloppyBeaver

      You’re not reading what I said.

      “If a company only has a 1 year old model when that happens, the customer will buy something newer from the competition. That’s why they do it this way.”

      The bottom line is that manufacturers do the 1 year cycle to sell phones. It’s their business plan and it works for the bottom line, I never disputed this. In fact I mentioned it in my post originally.

      “A 2 year product cycle would only bring the same amount of innovation in the same amount of time; the difference would only be there would be a bigger improvement between steps in the products.”

      My point is that all these yearly updates are simply bringing incremental updates in specs the majority of the time. These minor bumps are not noticeable in everyday use, as a consumer and techie, I’d rather see new stuff that improves how I use or interact with the device.
      Some people likes to look at specs and argue over numbers, I like to use my devices.

      Like them or not, Apple does it right with the iPhone. They have a minor bump in specs in the 2nd year of the product cycle then introduce a major bump in design. I just want more than just doing a design overhaul.

      I’m not sure how you can claim that given more time and resources, innovation would be stagnate. That makes no sense.
      It’s like saying a game developer would come up with the same product regardless if they had 2 years or 3 years to develop a game.

      “If you think it’s better to upgrade every 2 years, nobody’s going to try to stop you from ignoring every other iteration in the product cycle.”

      Again, that’s not even my point.

    • RoboBonobo

      First of all, it’s not polite to tell me I’m not reading what you said or don’t understand your point — I fully comprehend what you’ve said in every comment. Don’t insult my intelligence.
      I don’t agree with your premise that the product they release after 2 years would be better or different than what they would have in the same period of time releasing a new model every year. They build software features upon what they already have from the previous model, year after year. They’re not starting from scratch with every product, the way game developers do.
      It would take them the exact same amount of time to write all the improvements into the code for a 2 year product cycle, as it does for them to write the exact same code for 2 products in the same period of time. The only thing a 2 year product cycle would change is the model number that they’re on. The phone they announced today would be exactly the same, but with a lower model number.
      I think we’ve both said our bit, so have a good day bud.

    • TheFloppyBeaver

      I’m sorry you took offence to what I said, it just seems like your comments were based on what you think I said as opposed to what I actually said.
      It happens, wasn’t trying to insult your intelligence at all.

      “They build software features upon what they already have from the previous model, year after year. They’re not starting from scratch with every product, the way game developers do.”

      This is exactly what I’m saying. If they spend the time to come up with more software innovations, I’m fine with that; but often times this doesn’t happen. The focus is this CPU is faster, camera has more MP, screen is slightly bigger, battery last a tiny bit longer (nothing wrong with this, at all), etc.

      I’d rather see more phones with design philosophy like the Moto X instead of another iteration like this S5. Come up with better ways to solve a problem instead of just bumping up specs here and there. That’s all I’m saying.

      Good chatting with ya, take care!

    • RoboBonobo

      I too would rather have a Moto X than the S5, so there — we found something to agree about :)

    • TheFloppyBeaver

      Haha, it’s okay to not agree, world is boring if everybody think the same way.

      I re-read what I wrote previously, parts were a bit more abrasive than I intended in my mind. My apologies there.

      All the best my friend.

  • monsterduc1000

    I think I’ll stick with my Note 2 for at least another year :-)

    • Collin dubya

      Haha yep, the note 2 is still holding its own to these new phone is coming out, its a beast and even more so now on kitkat

    • monsterduc1000

      ummm…not on kitkat yet…unless you are on a custom rom.

    • Collin dubya

      Which I am. Can’t stand touchwiz, AOSP is so much nicer and customizable

    • monsterduc1000

      Cool. It doesn’t bother me as I’m running Nova Launcher and disabled all the stuff I don’t need. Not ready to go custom yet as I like some of the Samsung features and s-pen stuff.

  • LNKNPRKFN

    Note 2 to S4 to note 3…S5 here we come…Gawd I love new phones…

    • casey

      I’m the same way. New phones are just so fun to play with!

    • trickster_qc

      They are!! I have an S4 too but I won’t be upgrading to the S5. I think I’ll sell the S4, pay off the subsidies left on my agreement and buy a Nexus 5 or an LG G2 and wait to this summer until I ” really ” upgrade.

      I can’t stand the back cover of the S5.

    • monsterduc1000

      Really? It’s only incremental improvements of phones every six months.

    • expat

      I still like my Note 1. I am a diplomat who travels a lot. I use my phone for important e mails, and for other communications. It still does the job very well. I have a problem with people who need to carry their huge music, and TV series with them, on the phone. I cannot understand that need. Period.

  • Wild

    Don’t want to know the price and don’t care. I would pick the Sony Z2 over this and I am even more happy with my N5 now.

  • hoo dat

    Wot, no Mobilicity??

    • RoboBonobo

      Lol yeah.. in a few months there will be no Mobilicity.

  • Azreik

    Sony Xperia Z2 is more impressive then this. I’d get that over this in a heartbeat. Still a nice phone though.

  • B-Mac

    looks like my Z1 back in november was a good choice….no real innovation coming this year except 4k video on all these phones which is pointless because I own nothing capable of 4k playback at this point…hopefully the companies will have stepped there game up by the end of 2015

  • scroogeguy

    Rogers has their reservation system going. 16gb white and black versions available. currently im position #2. hopefully they offer the 32gb as well at the time of release as well. either way SD card FTW

    • KiwiBri

      I’m just behind you at #4 ;-)
      Now, can you only install apps on the inbuilt memory or can you use a card?

    • scroogeguy

      from what i have heard about the new API’s you wont be able to install apps themselves on the SD card but the apps will be able to install additional data on the cards. so no more 400MB data packs on internal storage if devs to their jobs right.

    • KiwiBri

      hmm ok, coming from a 32GB HTC One… Most my stuff is photos anyway, so hopefully wont run out of room ;-)

    • RogersSarahM

      Woo No. 2! :D

    • Johnny S.

      Woo Rogers Sheep

  • Specimen Yarp

    I still see no reason to upgrade from my S3. In fact when it is time to upgrade, I am going to look at something other than Samsung. And I will never go to the Fisher-Price iphone.

  • Rich

    I guess I can’t complain too much from the lack of innovation, you guys are still eating up the ghz, ram, and megapixels upgrades. I’m glad your Facebook app loads 0.05 secs faster than last years model.

    Too bad that Google sold off Motorola — it seemed like they were really pushing for new features with the always on voice system + incredible battery life. I had a hunch they were tackling camera improvements next.

    • scroogeguy

      looking at specs this phone had several hours more talk time but to me, more importantly, its an extra 40 hours standby time. also, who knows what the power saving mode will do. im not really thinking about that because i put CM on there as soon as its available.

  • KiwiBri

    Interesting..Just reserved a GS5 on Rogers and I’m number 4 in the virtual line!
    I was like 3000 when the iphone 5 was released ;-) which I never picked up ;-)

    BTW – lots of Hate for this phone. I think the phone super users are underwhelmed . The phone will be a success I think because of the marketing and joe/jane consumer will buy into it . I’m only keen on it for the Camera. The Sony Z2 does look good though..
    Oh, the standy mode thing is neat. My commuting with the HTC One has caught me out once or twice.

    • scroogeguy

      if previous experience holds we should be getting the phone sent out even before the release date for pickup.

    • crocop24

      Its the same crap as a S4. I’m glad I do not have to upgrade my S4 to this. Very underwhelming.

    • Dimitri

      Number #11 here and getting it as a gift to my buddy.

    • RogersSarahM

      That’s a great gift, Dimitri! Your buddy is lucky! ;-)

    • RogersSarahM

      Congrats on being No. 4!!

    • KiwiBri

      RogersSarah, any idea on colour options for Canada? I ordered the white one, but I guess I can get a different rear cover later.

    • KiwiBri

      Edit: Just saw the info on the Sony Z2. Wow.. nice device.. sorry samsung, I want a premium device when I pay $$$$ for a flagship phone. Hopefully Rogers gets the Sony in soon :)

    • Susan

      I’m not hating on the S5 at all. For me personally, the phone might be too big & heavy because I have small hands. I had that issue when I had the Razr HD & the weight is the same. I did preorder the S5 in hopes it will work out for me.

  • crocop24

    Such innovation
    much design
    wow
    very fake leather

  • Johnny S.

    look at all the S-sheep buying this 0 innovation phone! (even though sony clearly released a better phone today)

    • wes

      Not so sure about that. There’s a lot of hate for the S5, from S-fans as well as most other fans. Plus S-sheep aren’t as sheep-like as i-sheep. When’s the last time you saw a lineup for a launch of an S-phone?

    • Johnny S.

      your statement contradicts what’s happening right now. (sheep flocking to carrier’s reservation pages for this phone)

    • KiwiBri

      people are getting it to resell.. like 1/2 the iphones.

    • Johnny S.

      There won’t be any resale value associated with this phone; it’s obvious that this was a major disappointment.

    • KiwiBri

      good point ;-)

    • wes

      I don’t think there’s a contradiction, I never said there won’t be anyone buying/reserving this phone. There will always be sheep, therefore people will buy this phone, but reading this page as well as general reactions to the S5, there are a lot of people who don’t love the phone. Obviously there will be some people who’ll buy this phone regardless of what Samsung released, but there will probably be much less than expected.

    • Sunny Lee

      Wait, how’s the Z2 release any different from this one? It’s also a marginal improvement over the previous one. Where’s the innovation there?

  • rickm81

    It looks like Fido only has the 16GB phone available again….

    • Dimitri

      All carriers have the 16GB model. The 32GB will never come in Canada on this. GALAXY S line. This was said many times before and i wouldn’t be surprised if it never comes.

    • rickm81

      Thanks! That’s unfortunate, but thanks for the info.

    • JP

      The phone takes a memory card, why do you need more than 16GB?

    • rickm81

      I believe you can’t store all apps on the SD card.

    • JP

      Right but you can store everything else, I’ve never come close to filling my internal storage with just apps alone.

    • KiwiBri

      I wonder when the blue one will come here.

  • Tom

    It seems like everyone, not just Samsung and Apple, only has raw specs and gimmicks to brag about. No compelling reason to upgrade from the best of 2012. I have a Nexus 4, and don’t feel the need to pick up the 5 unless it gets a firesale this fall. All the S3 owners I know also don’t feel any reason to upgrade. Heck, even the iPhone 4S (2011!) is still a common sight.

    If there’s one sector that could use all those R&D dollars, it’s the battery. How about fast-charging or 10+ hours of continuous LTE surfing? (I’m probably dreaming unrealistically but one can dream, right?). I’d rather have 720p + godly battery life over 1080p + so-so battery life.

    • ToniCipriani

      Well considering S3 was out in 2012, those 3 year contracts aren’t expiring yet.

    • Tom

      You’d be surprised at how many people upgrade in considerably less than 3 years when those contracts still existed (I think most carriers allowed you to renew 6 months early without paying off the balance). Then there are those who buy outright or wait a few months and buy secondhand.

    • Sunny Lee

      I agree about the battery life. For the life of me I can’t understand why people want such ridiculous high resolutions on their phones. Sure, it’s great that when you put a 720p phone next to a 1080p phone that the 1080p phone looks slightly clearer, but I’ve NEVER noticed anything “pixelated” about my Galaxy S3 in any real life use. Hell, people were disappointed there wasn’t a 2K display on there. Where has the common sense gone?

    • Tom

      Yeah, I never get the extreme resolution craze. Higher resolutions are better than lower ones, no denying that. But the returns are diminishing. On a 5″ display or smaller, I have a hard time making out the benefits of 1080p vs 720p. Heck, in the PC world I can’t appreciate 1080p unless it’s on a 13″ screen or larger, because my eyes are a lot further from the screen than they are with a phone.

      And then the CPU speed and cores… no denying that those new CPUs are blistering fast, but my 1.5 Ghz isn’t a slouch either. If the new CPUs were both faster and noticeably more power-efficient, then I’d be impressed.

      If someone would recycle the Nexus 4 and give it double battery life, I’d snap that right up. I’m not dissatisfied with the N4′s battery life thus far, but when compared to previous phones I’ve owned, that’s the one aspect that hasn’t really improved at all, and when compared to dumbphones, it’s actually a step back haha (I know it’s not a fair comparison).

  • OgtheDim

    And it will be at Wind by the beginning of June…limited quantities, only new users etc. etc. we all know the drill.

  • goodnightluck

    Another ugly, cheap, gimmicky piece of samcrap. Big fail with the fingerprint scanner too, the verge says it doesn’t even work. Apple gets sh*t on constantly for not being “innovative” enough yet Samsung is going the same route but even worse. I think Sony has the upper hand this year, and this is coming from someone who owns a 5S.

    • wes

      I hope HTC, LG, Sony and Motorola get some love from cellphone buyers!

    • Sunny Lee

      I mentioned this in another comment, but why is everyone saying Sony’s innovating while Samsung and Apple aren’t? Sony’s also just updated their specs with nothing else changing. The bias towards the big companies is palpable.

      Also, weren’t you around for the S4 reveal? They were sh*t on quite a bit.

      That being said, I do think my next phone will be Sony. I’ve wanted a Sony phone since the first Z, just to change up the Galaxy line of phones that I’ve had since the original Galaxy S. But to say that Sony’s innovating is false; just compare the Z, Z1 and Z2. It’s the exact same progression of improved camera, battery, processor, slightly bigger screen size, updated OS, etc., the exact same thing that Samsung and Apple have been doing.

    • kaostheory

      Wanted the Bose noise canceling ear buds but with Sony adding it to the Z2 I wonder if I should just spend the $300 on the upgrade. Damn now I have to wait for the reviews.

    • Sunny Lee

      Dang, just looked this up myself. The Z2 is looking more tempting by the day. But why oh why did they not include wireless charging… For a phone that requires the user to mess around with flaps every time they charge, you’d think they would’ve included this. The absolute perfect phone is so elusive…

    • Tom

      EVERYONE in the mobile sector is guilty of this (except maybe BB, no offence to them but they were just catching up). Since 2012, all we’ve seen are diminishing returns.

      If there is one aspect where bigger numbers would actually benefit, it’s the battery.

  • Rio

    What I am most curious about is how Samsung handles the fingerprint data? Is it as secure as what Apple is doing? or more?

  • KiwiBri

    oh well, waiting on the Iphone Air rumors to start now.. ;-)

  • Rich

    When will Samsung start innovating? I’m sick of larger screens and thinner bezels. Where are my Iron-Man touchable holographic displays and the voice commands that make my phone take out the garbage or make me pancakes?

  • Garrett Cooper

    Gotta be honest, I’m kind of happy I’m underwhelmed. Rumors had this being better than the new HTC One with the Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM. I was leaning to the One but the extra RAM would have been nice. Thanks for helping make my decision Sammy, HTC or the new Sony Z2 for me this spring it looks like!

    • Wizzy

      Get the One. It’s an awesome phone. I’ve had no real desire to upgrade since I got it, and the S5 is tempting, but not convincing.

    • Garrett Cooper

      My main concern with the One is going to be getting used to the power/wake button being on the top, and how comfortable it is. With average sized hands, I prefer it on the side. I’ll just need to mess around with all the phones when they come out to make a decision. I am leaning towards the One though.

    • Garrett Cooper

      My main concern with the One is going to be getting used to the power/wake button being on the top, and how comfortable it is. With average sized hands, I prefer it on the side. I’ll just need to mess around with all the phones when they come out to make a decision. I am leaning towards the One though.

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  • Sunny Lee

    How does the waterproof + removable backplate work? Sounds like constantly removing the backplate will cause whatever seal they use to wear down considerably. Might be a problem to those who use third party extended batteries or swap batteries throughout the day.

    • kaostheory

      More like water resistant ip67 where 7 refers to the amount of time in the water, whereas the Sony Z lines of phones are 8 and actually closer to being waterproof.

  • Tyrone_83

    A lot of people were whining and complaining because the back of the S5 on Samsung Youtube page. Once I brought up the fact about The Nexus 7 looking the same and everybody loved it. Nobody couldn’t reply back to with a real reason why not to like it.

    Also 99 percent of the time the back is gonna be hidden in either a case or a Samsung flip cover case. So there absolutely no reason to complain for the back case. If it was a specification in the phone then yeah that has good enough reason to complain but not a back panel.

    i’m getting this phone when it comes out so I ditch this garbage Alcatel One Touch M’POP phone.

  • Serge Cote

    Somebody knows if it will be possible to purchase an unlock version of this phone somewhere on April 11th ??? Or habitually the unlock codes appear rapidly after the release of a new Samsung Galaxy phone ????

    Thanks

  • Thomas Ramsay

    It will cost $299 on a 2 year contract with Bell

  • Sandeepp B Sshah

    i myself mohit s shah from india want to carry samsung galaxy s5 from here ( india ) to ontario – canada , shall it work their the same as here and which company sim should i prefer for unlimited call msg internet and other features to india and usa

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