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Samsung Galaxy S5 to hit retailers in late March ‘at the earliest’

Ahead of next week’s expected Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiling, latest reports have suggested the handset will not hit retailers until the end of March ‘at the earliest’.

A move that will keep wannabe owners waiting, the reported month long gap between the Samsung Galaxy S5 being showcased and hitting retailer’s shelves will see the handset face renewed competition from the rival HTC One 2 and Sony Xperia Z2.

Citing officials within Samsung’s supply chain, Korean tipsters ZDNet have claimed that, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 to still enter mass production, it will still be some time before the phone makes it into consumers’ hands.

“The latest offering by Samsung is expected to be launched around the end of March at the earliest,” the reports have stated.

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 widely expected to be unveiled during MWC 2014 next Monday, February 24, the handset will reportedly take over a month to land with retailers.
“Since Samsung is yet to place an order for parts, the company may change some of the peripheral features of the Galaxy S5 while retaining core features,” one of the claimed insiders is reported to have said.

“If they place orders at the end of this month or early next month, the handset will be commercialized around the end of next month at the earliest.”

Ahead of the phone’s unveiling, a mass of Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours and leaks have circulated online, with the flagship phone tipped to play host to everything from a 5.25-inch 2K display to a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Further Samsung Galaxy S5 specs tipped to feature include a 16-megapixel rear-mounted camera, Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat OS and a heavily reworked TouchWiz UI.

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