Not long after Samsung announced its new Galaxy K Zoom smartphone-camera hybrid, we told you that the device could cost around €500 in Europe. And we were right.
Samsung today revealed that the K Zoom would be available in Germany starting mid-May for the recommended retail price of €519. While this means $720 in US dollars, we don’t really expect Samsung to sell the Galaxy K Zoom for that much Stateside. Instead, the device will probably / hopefully cost less than $600 (thus less than the Galaxy S5flagship smartphone).
Introduced by Samsung as an upgraded successor to last year’s Galaxy S4 Zoom, the K Zoom runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and features a 20.7MP rear camera with 10x optical zoom. This should “empower users to effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity.”
Camera aside, the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom can be seen as a bulkier, mid-end brother of the Galaxy S5. It offers a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, LTE, 2GB of RAM, hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5260 processor, and 8GB of expandable internal memory.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Developer Edition that we first told you about last month is now available to buy in the US. Unfortunately, this is a Verizon-only version, and we don’t know if Samsung is planning to release an S5 Developer Edition for other carriers.
Anyway, the Galaxy S5 Developer Edition is offered off-contract, and costs $599.99 – just like the regular variant. The handset should have an unlockable bootloader out of the box. Other than that, it doesn’t appear to be different from the S5 that was released around the world on April 11. So customers will get the same 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 16MP rear camera, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor, quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,800 mAh battery.
The Galaxy S5 Developer Edition can be purchased online at Samsung’s website (see the source link below). Only a black variant is available for now, free shipping included. Verizon doesn’t seem to offer the smartphone via its own website, and there is no word if it’s going to do it at a later date.
If you have $600 and a desire to play around with firmware, this charcoal-black Galaxy S5 was made for you.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is hardly a product you’d expect to slip beneath the radar, especially on a network as loud and proud as Verizon. Yet, you’d have to pay attention to know that Big Red now carries the Developer Edition of Samsung’s flagship smartphone.
An up-front payment of $600 nets you the 16GB black version of the S5, which has the same 16-megapixel camera and speed-demon quad-core processor as the standard version. What’s different, then?
Most importantly for developers, this version lets you forget about Verizon’s bootloader and play around with custom firmware.
Of course, the desire to unlock or even completely do away with the boatloader isn’t limited to developers — Verizon will happily take your greenbacks even if all you want is a little more control over your preloaded OS.
The alleged Galaxy S5 Prime might have been busted as non-existent by Samsung execs, but they didn’t deny the existence of a “luxury” F-line in the making. It is supposed to start with a flagship that will have top-shelf specs like a Quad HD display, a more premium design, and higher price, and will eventually come in limited quantities. Sounds like a recipe for success for those who are jonesing for a more appealing design from a Samsung flagship, plus the company will get to have a direct rival to the LG G3, which is widely rumored to have a Quad HD screen in its turn.
The quantity limitation of the premium phone, however, is now reported by Korean media to come naturally, as Samsung is simply not able to produce Super AMOLED displays with 1440×2560 pixels of resolution in meaningful quantities to satisfy the sales forecast of a blockbuster handset. Moreover, such a panel costs much more to produce than a QHD screen based on the LCD technology, which LG is said to be using for the G3.
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS WAS SUPPOSED TO USE A QHD DISPLAY FOR ITS GALAXY S5, BUT IT FAILED DUE TO THE HIGH COST.
The yield and cost issues around the alleged 5.2″ QHD AMOLED screen made it prohibitive to use for the Galaxy S5 itself, as it will likely be selling in the tens of millions, so Samsung decided to put it in a more upscale phone that is about to be released in June, reports the publication. “Samsung Electronics was supposed to use a QHD display for its Galaxy S5, but it failed due to the high cost. As the Galaxy S5 Prime will be rolled out in small quantities, it is highly likely that QHD will be adopted,” the source claims, so LG might have a real competitor to the G3 very soon after its introduction.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is bound to be one of the best selling phones of the year, just as the Galaxy S4 before it was and the Galaxy S3 before that and…you get the picture.
But it’s available at a lot of different prices with a lot of different minute and data allowances, so if you’re one of the many people that’s planning on buy Samsung’s latest super phone, don’t just run to your nearest store.
Instead, shop smart and get it on one of these deals, which are the best around at the moment.
Read our in depth Samsung Galaxy S5 review
On EE you can get the Galaxy S5 in blue with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 4GB of 4G data for £37.99 per month and no upfront cost.
It’s a 24 month contract so overall it will cost you £911.76.
With Vodafone you can get the blue or white versions of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with 1GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for £33 per month, with no upfront cost. In all that comes to £792. Data may be pretty limited, but it’s also quite cheap.
Or you can get it in white, blue or black on a 12 month deal for £47 per month with a cost of £124.99 upfront. That will give you the same allowances of 1GB of data and unlimited minutes and texts and come out at £688.99.
On O2 you can currently get the white and black versions of the Galaxy S5 for £33 per month, with 1GB of data, unlimited minutes and texts and no handset cost. That amounts to £792 over 24 months, making it identical to the second Vodafone deal.
For a little more data you could always opt to pay £38 per month and get 5GB along with unlimited texts and minutes and no upfront cost. That amounts to £912 in total. Oh, and that’s for the blue version of the Galaxy S5.
Here’s a deal for data fiends. You can get the black Galaxy S5 on Three with unlimited 4G data, unlimited texts and 600 minutes for £41 per monthand no upfront charge.
In total that comes out at £984 over 24 months, which puts it on the pricey side, especially given that it doesn’t include a huge amount of minutes, but if you use a lot of data then not having to worry about limits should make it well worth the asking price.
If you want a lot of minutes to go with your data then you could consider getting it for £43 per month with unlimited 4G data, unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and no upfront cost, which amounts to £1,032 over 24 months.
You can get the black version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 for £37.99 per month on T-Mobile with no handset cost.
For that you’ll get unlimited texts, unlimited internet and 500 minutes, though bear in mind that as this is T-Mobile you’ll only get 3G data. Over 24 months the handset comes to £911.76.
If you’d rather have a lower monthly charge you can get it from the same place with the same allowances and a monthly cost of just £27.99. However you’ll have to pay £124.99 up front. It still saves you money over the life of the contract though, coming out at £796.75.
One of the best tariffs at Orange right now is for the phone in black or white with unlimited minutes and texts but only 1GB of 3G data for £37.99 per month, with no upfront cost.
As that amounts to £911.76 overall it’s hard to recommend as other networks have it either cheaper or with more and faster data.
With Tesco Mobile you can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 in black for £38.50 per month and that includes 3000 minutes, 5000 texts and 3GB of 4G data. There’s no cost for the handset, so over 24 months that amounts to £924.
Alternatively you can get it in black or white with 1500 minutes, 5000 texts and 1GB of 4G data for £34.50 per month with no upfront cost. Over the life of the contract that comes out at £828, so you can save yourself £96 over the above deal but you’ll have to get by on a third of the data and half the minutes.
While we are pondering the future of Android, and in particular, the fate of Google’s Nexus line of devices, things are still business as usual in the Google Play Store.
There is one little interesting tidbit though, when browsing through the choices of Google Play edition smartphones, one thing stands out amongst the Sony and the HTCs, and the Motorola, and the LG G Pad. That is the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 Google Play edition has been available for some time now, but all it takes is a quick look to see that the rendered image is not a Galaxy S4, but in fact, a Galaxy S5. Selecting that option then shows all the specs and images of the S4 again, but the store front, for now at least, is teasing a Galaxy S5 Google Play edition.
Assuming that the thumbnail image is there on purpose, it stands to reason that we could expect a Google Play edition Galaxy S5 pretty soon. We do not know how well the Google Play edition devices are selling, but seeing as how there has been little, or no mention of it from Samsung, and it appears that Samsung and HTC are not going to be joining rumored Android Silver Certification program, we wonder if Samsung is making its presence here solely to compete with HTC who made a point of announcing there would be (and is) a Google Play edition of the HTC One (M8).
We will keep an eye on the Google Play store to see what develops. Have you been holding out for Samsung’s latest in pure Android fashion?
Samsung caused somewhat of a stir when it unveiled the design of its new Galaxy S5 smartphone back in February. Many have wondered: what’s with the dotted (or perforated) back cover?
As we pointed out in our Galaxy S5 review, this new rear cover – available in four different colors – offers a comfortable feel, and isn’t as slippery as the back covers of older Galaxy flagships – like theS4 or the S III.
Since the new flagship is dust- and water-resistant, we assume that the faux leather material used on the Note 3 and Note 3 Neo wasn’t an option, so Samsung had to find something different for the S5.
The South Korean company recently explained why it chose to design the back of the S5 this way:
A delicate perforated pattern is applied to the back panel and attached to the elegant frame. The small holes on the panel follow a visual rhythm, providing tactile pleasure to the fingertips when users touch the back of the phone. The S5’s unique cushioning materials deliver a reassuring give when held in the user’s hands. Combined with the perforated exterior and a material soft as sheepskin, the S5 provides a truly optimal grip.
Samsung has a full Galaxy S5 design story over at its new design-centric website (we first told you about it in March) – you can see it in the slideshow below. Oh, and in case you were wondering if, like the S III and S4, the Galaxy S5 is also “designed for humans”… well, Samsung reassures us that it is. Whew!
Later this year, Samsung may launch a premium variant of the Galaxy S5, which should be made out of metal. Well, we’re eagerly waiting to see what this one will look like.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an excellent handset, but it may get an upgraded version soon. A KGI analyst predicted that there would not only be a Galaxy S5 “Standard,” but also a Galaxy S5 “Prime.” The Galaxy S5 Prime would be more powerful than its sibling, though it has yet to materialize in any meaningful way. However, it has sprouted up yet again, lending further credence to the rumored handset.
Spotted on Indian import site Zauba, the posted manifest reveals four SM-G906K units as having been shipped from South Korea for “R&D purpose.” For those keeping count, we saw a similarly-named version of the handset, SM-G906S, at GFXBench. Having since been taken down, the test revealed the main hardware for the latter version of the handset.
Unfortunately, other than the device name, the import site doesn’t reveal much else. Keep in mind that this kind of movement is routine for companies that test handsets with different carrier specifications, so it might not be indicative of the rumored Galaxy S5 Prime. Even so, the Galaxy S5 Prime has been rumored several times up until now, so it might be a matter of time until we hear something more concrete.
The Galaxy S5 Prime will reportedly be a premium version of the current Galaxy S5, encased in a metal body rather than the plastic Samsung usually opts for its handsets. Whether the Galaxy S5 Prime will make its way to market as a separate product or whether its design and pieces of hardware will be part of Samsung devices going forward is still an unknown. Either way, don’t be surprised if either event takes place.
You pay hundreds of dollars for the latest smartphone tech only to find that it’s not working as expected. We feel your pain. Life’s not fair, but don’t give up on your Samsung Galaxy S5 just yet. With a little tinkering you can probably find a decent workaround or a solution, in fact, that’s why we’re here. Behold our roundup of common Galaxy S5 problems and the fixes you need to get past them.
Problem: No Download Booster
In our Galaxy S5 tips article we highlighted the Download Booster feature which allows you to download files really fast by using Wi-Fi and LTE together. A number of new S5 owners are reporting the feature missing in action and that’s because AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have removed it.
Switch to T-Mobile or U.S. Cellular and you’ll find that Download Booster is present and correct.
Keep an eye on XDA Developers for a rooting solution that gets it working again.
Annoyance: Lag or stutter
A casual scan of forums and article comments reveals that lag is the subject of much debate when it comes to the Galaxy S5. A significant number of owners feel that the Galaxy S5 lags when compared to the competition and the blame is generally leveled at Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and bloatware. What we’re talking about here is perceived delays when you load up or exit an app, when you unlock the phone, when you tap the Home button, or perhaps when you’re typing.
Use a different launcher. There are lots of options out there, Nova Launcher is good, or you could sideload the Google Now launcher.
It may be the animations that are giving you the feeling of lag, so why not turn them off? Tap and hold on a blank space on your home screen and select Home screen settings > Transition effect > None. Go to Settings > Lock screen > Unlock effect and set it to None.
You can go further in Settings > About device by tapping the Build number seven times to turn Developer mode on. Now go to Settings > Developer options > Windows animation scale and set it to Animation is off. You can do the same thing in Settings > Developer options > Transition animation scale and Animator duration scale.
If the delay on the Home button is annoying you, then double tap it to fire up S Voice and choose Settings from the menu at the top right then make sure that Open via the home key is not ticked.
You may want to turn off some background data syncing. You can do this via Settings > Accounts or within the settings menus of individual apps.
To reduce the impact of bloatware go to Settings > Application manager and look at the All tab. Any app you don’t want to use, you can tap on it and choose Disable. All disabled apps will be listed in a separate tab, so you can always turn them back on again in the future.
Problem: Water damage
Unfortunately a lot of people read water resistant as waterproof and there’s definitely a difference. We’ve seen lots or reports cropping up about people with water damaged Galaxy S5 handsets. That IP67 rating means that it can be submerged in water up to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. It isn’t designed to deal with high pressure water jets, and that could mean the water coming out of your faucet.
Don’t deliberately dunk your Galaxy S5; the feature is a safeguard against the dreaded toilet drop, or a sudden downpour.
Don’t try to turn it on. Open it up and dry it off with a towel as best you can, then place it in a bowl of rice. You can also find dry bag kits online, using silica crystals or isopropyl alcohol, but if you don’t already have one, you won’t want to wait for delivery, so rice is a good solution. Resist the temptation to turn the phone on for as long as possible (at least 24 hours) to give it a good chance to dry out.
If you’re not keen on self-repair you’ll find a lot of services and repair shops out there that will get your Galaxy S5 ticking again for a fee. Make sure you choose one that offers a money-back guarantee if they can’t fix it.
Annoyance: Slow camera
Are you finding that the camera takes a long time to focus and capture your photo? The Galaxy S5 should have a snappy shooter, so this may be down to your camera settings.
Fire up the camera and tap on the gear icon at the bottom left then turn Picture stabilization off. It’s designed to improve the quality of low light pictures by extending the shutter speed. If your lighting is good then you don’t need it turned on, as it’s only going to slow the camera down.
Bug: Camera failed
Some people are reporting that they get a pop-up when they try to start the camera which says “Warning: Camera failed” and the camera won’t load up at all.
Updated on 4-25-2014 by Jeffrey Van Camp: Samsung has acknowledged the camera bug and advises anyone who suffers from it to call 1-888-897-4357. Verizon users can also contact @vzwsupport on Twitter.
You might find that a simple restart does the trick. Hold down the Power button and select the Restart option. The problem may return.
Try going to Settings > Application manager and select the camera app. Tap on Force stop, Clear cache, and Clear data.
Try clearing the cache partition. Hold the power button and choose Power off then press and hold the Volume up key, the Home button, and the Power button. When the phone vibrates, release the Power button, but keep holding the other two. When you see the Android System Recovery screen you can let go. Use Volume down to choose wipe cache partition and press Power to select it then, when it’s done, press Power again to Reboot System Now.
There’s a chance that an app is causing the problem. Any app that uses camera functions, including flashlight apps, could be the culprit. The fast way to check this is to reboot in safe mode. Hold down the power button and select Power off then hold down the power button to turn it on again and when you see the Samsung screen come up, release the power button and press and hold the Volume down key. You’ll know it worked if it says Safe mode in the bottom left corner. If the camera works then it’s definitely a problem with an app you installed. Hold down the power button and choose Restart to get back out of Safe mode.
If you’re using a microSD card to save photos try removing it, save them elsewhere, and see if that makes a difference.
Back up anything important and try a factory reset via Settings > Backup and reset > Factory data reset.
If nothing works then you may have a faulty camera and you’ll need to contact your carrier, retailer, or Samsung about a replacement.
Samsung and Swarovski team up regularly to introduce a crystal-studded version of Samsung’s flagships. Now it’s time for the Galaxy S5 to get a Crystal Collection edition.
Previously we’ve had Crystal Editions for the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III mini and Galaxy S4, plus special Swarovski-studded backs (with matching bracelets) for the Galaxy Note 3. There have been custom jobs too, by various companies that pimp out smartphones.
Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Crystal Edition is expected in May and that’s all the teaser video reveals.
The video was posted on the Samsung mobile Korea channel, not the international one, so this might be a limited release. By the looks of it, the Galaxy S5 will have its entire back covered, similar to the Swarovski Note 3 backs rather than the Galaxy S Crystal Editions, which feature relatively few crystals.