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giffgaff ranging the new Samsung Galaxy S5

former giff-staffer

After Samsung’s announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain giffgaff is please to announce that we'll be introducing a new phone to our handset range, the brand new Samsung Galaxy S5.


giffgaff member Mark Tiddy along with Chief of Commerce Kim Faura and Head of Community Gregg Baker travelled to Barcelona to attend the conference and to watch the reveal in person


samsang5.pngThe current released information on the new handset announced by Samsung to 'sets the new standard for all smartphones.' is as follows:


Big Improvements: Water resistant, better camera, ultra battery save mode


Screen size: 5.1-inch (slightly bigger than the S4, at 5 inches)

Camera: 16-megapixel camera on the front  2.1-megapixel on the back (an improvement on the S4: front 13MP, back 2MP); faster response time, fast Auto focus 0.3 sec; HDR (instantly controls the light exposure; smartphone first); shallow depth of field through selective focus

Display: optimised display based on light conditions /content

Hardware: Qualcomm Snapdragon, quad-core, 2.5GHz processor (S4 CPU is Quad, 1.9GHz)

Improved battery: 2,800mAh battery (10h web browsing, 12 hours of video playback)


Special Features


  • Speed - better transition/ handover between wifi and LTE (4G);
  • Built in heart rate sensor - world first for a smartphone
  • Water and dust resistant - IP67 standard certification, which means it can be immersed in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • ‘Ultra power saving mode’ – turns all features off except essential services like calls and texts, turning the screen into black and white
  • Finger scanner – swipe to unlock phone, use finger swipe for online payments replacing password etc





Price: no pricing information is currently available.

Launch date: 11th April


Register your interest:

giffgaff will be stocking the new Samsung Galaxy S5, if you’re just curious or intend to purchase let us know – we’ll send you an email in the next couple of weeks when pricing information is released. We’ll also have a Samsung Galaxy S5 comparison blog tomorrow, where Ken will compare what we know.





Here are some exclusive pictures from the night from our team for you to enjoy.

Please stay tuned for more announcements and exclusive content from the giffgaff team. Click here for the latest updates. 



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What are your thoughts on this annoucement from Samsung? Got a favourite feature?

Let us know in the comments. 


Not for me will cost far to much. but sounds good

whatever I said...

@a_rachel Just out of curiosity,has the S5 got 2 cameras on the back?I only ask as you've posted it's got a 16-megapixel camera on the back,2.1-megapixel on the back.


Other than that,it looks pretty good.

former giff-staffer

@nerakb sorry I have changed the wording, I meant that the 2.1 megapixels were on the front.



Good news!

Well I'm glad giffgaff will sell the phone, whether I buy it is another matter altogether! Some features look great, but not overly impressed and may now actually move from Samsung to the nexus 5. Still going to sign up for the email notification about the S5 release on giffgaff though ;-)

Looks like Samsung is continuing to up the specs wars! I'm glad the Sony waterproof feature has rubbed off on Samsung. There's going to be a ridiculously huge marketing budget thrown at the G S5!


Is the G S5 battery removable? And is there a SD card slot? These are the 2 features that Samsung has stuck by, and I think both were very good decisions...


Were giffgaffs reps specially invited to this Samsung launch event? Or was it free to attend for regular MWC ticket holders? (This is good to know if Community members want to attend MWC next year)


I'm a serial early adopter. I'll probably buy one the day it comes out, although I may wait for the new Sony Z2. With my Nexus 4, I miss expandable memory and replaceable battery.

I am the matrix
Can't wait to upgrade to one of these

It was a good presentation to be at and the S5 does look nice, I also liked the redesigned icons (although felt that the home screen ones ought to match) . Water resistant is a nice touch too, the only thing it seemed to lack was a 64bit processor which doesn't quite catch it up the the iphone 5S spec in my opinion, still a look phone though.


The other announcements of the smart watches were good. I quite liked the Gear Fits curved design, it looked good and seem to have some good features...although whether people by it or not I think will be determined by the price.

whatever I said...

@a_rachel Thank youSmiley Wink