Samsung just launched its new flagship smartphone last Friday in 125 markets globally. This is the largest launch of the company for the new Galaxy S5 compared to the Galaxy S4 which launched last year in only 60 markets. Initial reports coming out of South Korea indicate that the S5 has set a new record for the company as it surpassed the first day sales of the S4 by over 30 percent.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 sold out in most of the markets it was released to last Friday. Hundreds of people lined up outside stores that carried the device and if more stocks were available then the sales would have been higher. In some markets, sales of the S5 even surpassed that of the S4 by more than twice. While no exact figures are released by the company the number of units sold has reportedly reached the millions.
The Galaxy S5 will be launched in 25 additional markets in the next coming days bringing the total to 150 markets.
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE
5.1-inch 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Adobe RGB mode
Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz UI
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU
Adreno 330 GPU
2GB of RAM
16 MP ISOCELL camera with phase-detect autofocus, 1/2.6″ 16:9 sensor and LED flash
Fingerprint scanner with PayPal payments support and private mode access
microUSB 3.0 port with USB host and MHL 2.0; Backwards compatibility with microUSB 2.0
IR port for remote control functionality
Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
Accelerometer and proximity sensor
Barometer, thermometer, hygroscope
IR gesture sensor for Air gestures
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
The Galaxy S5 is simply one of the best Android smartphones out in the market today. The price of a SIM-free unit starts at $699 in the US while it is around $599 in most of Europe and Asia. Various carriers are also offering this device at discounted prices usually starting at $199 with a two year contract included.