The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available as of Friday and many carriers and retailers are offering the device on contact, but customers can also purchase the Galaxy S5 unlocked.
Unlocked devices are compatible with GSM networks, which are the standard overseas; however, U.S. networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile also run on GSM frequency bands. GSM compatible phones can easily interchange SIM cards to run on different mobile networks. Unlocked devices are sold at full retail price, though prices may vary by retailer. Here’s a rundown of sellers offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 unlocked.
Sellers are offering the Galaxy S5 on Amazon for between $707 and $720. Both 3G and LTE models are available. Black and white color options are available.
Sellers are offering the Galaxy S5 on eBay for between $629.99 and 888.00. Both 3G and LTE models are available. Black and white color options are available.
GSM Nation is offering the 3G Galaxy S5 for $699 and the U.S. LTE Galaxy S5 for $749. Currently only the white Galaxy S5 model is available for purchase; however, the retailer has confirmed to IBTimes that it will offer the black, white, blue and gold color options in the future.
Overstock.com is offering the GSM unlocked Galaxy S5 for $829.99. Black and white color options are available.
Best Buy is offeing the unlocked Galaxy S5 for $899.99. Black and white color options are available; however, black is currently sold out.
About the Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 includes a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core ARM chip (believed to be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801), 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage options with microSD expansion, and networking and connectivity that includes 802.11ac MIMO and LTE Cat. 4, and a 2800mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is water- and dust-proof, with an Ingress Protection Rating of IP67. That means the device can function in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The 16-megapixel-rear camera on the S5 includes auto-focus technology, selective focus and HDR rich tone. The device also includes a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. New sensors on the Galaxy S5 include a heart rate sensor and fingerprint scanner. The latter acts as a simple means of security that can speed up the online purchasing process. The phone also has a "private mode," which acts as a personal storage area for confidential documents, and a "kid mode," which allows parents to choose which apps their children can use.
The Galaxy S5 is 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, and it weighs 145g. It features USB 3.0 and runs the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system. The device’s exterior design features a perforated back panel and four color options: blue, white, black and gold. Samsung updated its onscreen environment with a user interface that's less cluttered than the S4's interface, and it comes with an updated settings menu.