The shiny 5.1" Full HD SUPER AMOLED Galaxy S5 superphone with loads of cool features like IP67 dustproof and waterproof, 16MP camera with brilliant detection auto-focus, tap 'n pay mobile payments and updated S Health apps.
It now comes in a slew of new colours (Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Shimmer White and Charcoal Black) and a shimmering perforated back, making it slightly sexier than predecessors.
The hero Galaxy S5 was unveiled last night in Sydney for RRP of $929 along with wearable watches Gear 2 (RRP $369); and slimmer Gear Fit and Gear Neo, both RRP $249, all hitting the shelves on April 11. Pre-orders at all the main telco's opened this morning with special pre-offer deals.
Telstra are charging $912 outright, while Vodafone plans start at $60 (+14 handset fee) with a cool 3GB data, $85 from Telstra, Optus are also offering S5 on a $74 plan but with half the data allowance of the similarly pricedVoda plan. Plans appear to be similar to HTC M8 pricing, announced yesterday.
However, Telstra and Optus are bundling Galaxy S5 with Gear Fit watch, for $10 p.m when added to a phone plan. Telstra Samsung S5 pre-order offer is the $70 plan + $12 phone fee per month over 2 years ($700 worth of standard calls, MMS plus unlimited text (excl overseas) and 1.5GB of data.
S5 is one of the first smartphones compatible with Telstra's newly acquired 700MHz spectrum, which promises more reliable internet speeds, and switches on 01 January 2015.Samsung Gear Fit costs $249 outright or $10 per month.
Fit will be running to all Telstra stores, while Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smart bands will be sold at selected stores only and online. Gear 2 costs $369 from Telstra while the Gear 2 Neo is cheaper at $249.
John Chambers, Executive Director, Telstra Mobile, said interest in the new S5 was unprecedented. Thousands registered to find out more about the new Galaxy and "it's shaping up to be one of our most anticipated smartphone launches to date," he said.
S5 and HTC One M8 are to be hero Androids this year and both have a large following, with a massive number of device upgrades expected.
Vodafone's GM of Devices, Katie Turkal, also confirmed "an overwhelming response from customers since pre-registrations opened, with thousands signing up."
The red telco are offering Galaxy S5 on a $74 plan with a massive 3GB data, infinite SMS to national and international voice calls to Vodafone. Other plans include: $69 with infinite calls, texts, and 1GB data, $79 plan (3GB data, Infinite calls, texts) and $100, no handset fee.
Optus are offering S5 on the $60 My Plan + $16 handset fee from today until 10 April (1.5GB data, 600 call minutes unlimited SMS, MMS), but aren't selling the new Android outright. The telco are charging less than Telstra for Gear Fit and Gear 2 Neo outright at $240, or $10 a month, Gear 2 costs $360 outright or $15 p.m.
The Gear Fit is a light fitness band, water and dust resistant, built-in heart rate monitor and pedometer to help track fitness levels during workouts, curved AMOLED display which displays emails, texts, and incoming calls when paired with the Galaxy S5.
The pricier Gear 2 is a heavier smart watch with a metallic body with a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, camera that takes HD pictures, videos. Samsung Gear 2 Neo is sports-oriented and streams music via a Bluetooth headset.
All Gear's are fitness freaks with apps that monitors weights and diet, and are compatible with some older Samsung phones also.