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Samsung Galaxy S5 preorders start at AT&T on March 21 for $199.99, devices ship in ‘early April’


AT&T today announced pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S5 will begin tomorrow (March 21) at and AT&T stores. The Galaxy S5 is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract, $25 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12.

If you’d rather pay the full retail price, with no commitment, you’re look at a $649.99 price tag. Shipping for the pre-orders will begin in “early April” with no specific date given.

AT&T also announced that it will offer pre-orders on the same day for the Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo, and Samsung Gear Fit, online and in stores as well. The Samsung Gear 2 will be available for $299.00, while the Gear 2 Neo and the Gear Fit will go for $199.00 each. Just like the S5, shipping is slated for “early April.”

Since tomorrow is apparently Samsung day at AT&T, the carrier has put together a promotional offer: you can save $50 off a Samsung Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo when you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5. The deal ends on June 5, or while supplies last. It’s not clear why the Gear Fit is specifically excluded.

The Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch full HD (1080p) Super AMOLED display, a new heart rate sensor under the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. This is all powered by a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh battery, and either 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage (expandable via microSD card for up to 64GB of extra space).

While the S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, Samsung’s Gear watches have ditched Google’s mobile operating system for Tizen. Nevertheless, it makes sense Samsung is trying to push its smartphone and smartwatch devices together: the latter simply isn’t a proven market yet.

See also – Samsung Galaxy S5 hands-on: Is the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor just a gimmick? and Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S5: What’s New?

Published March 20, 2014 — 16:25 UTC