The Samsung Galaxy S5 has been available in the U.S. for nearly one month, but thus far most major mobile carriers and retailers are offering only the Shimmer White and Charcoal Black color options. But reports now indicate that Verizon may soon have the Copper Gold Galaxy S5 variant available.
Tech informant Evleaks shared these details on Twitter on Wednesday. While the story is not confirmed by Verizon, the carrier is known for exclusively offering certain color options of popular mobile devices. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in Blue Artic and Autumn Brown in addition to White Frost and Black Mist, for example.
If accurate, Verizon may be the first major U.S. carrier to offer the Copper Gold Galaxy S5, but it would not be the first retailer. GSM Nation is currently selling the 3G Galaxy S5 Shimmer White, Charcoal Black and Copper Gold color options. GSM Nation sells the U.S. LTE Galaxy S5, which is currently only available in Shimmer White.
Some other retailers have also hinted that they might offer the Copper Gold Galaxy S5, including Target and Overstock.com. Target currently has a placeholder for its GSM unlocked Galaxy S5 on its website. Though it says the device is not yet available online or in stores, it has indicated possible availability for all four Galaxy S5 color options, which also includes Electric Blue. Overstock.com told IBTimes in April that it planned to have all four color options available. Thus far the retailer is selling the Shimmer White and Charcoal Black and Electric Blue color options.
The Copper Gold Galaxy S5 is also available in limited supply in other markets around the world. A few carriers and retailers in the U.K. have varied availability of the Copper Gold Galaxy S5, while reports indicate that the color variant is now available in India.
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.