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We've all known the details surrounding the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone for several weeks, but now's the time to start getting our grubby fingers on one. Today Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy S5 in 125 countries across the globe, including areas in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

To sweeten the purchase, Samsung is including an exclusive copy of FIFA 14 with the device and the chance to compete (in-game) against the Galaxy 11 team. Some shoppers will view this as a goal, whereas others will shrug this off as more unwanted bloat. Either way, the gift is there.

The Galaxy S5 is joined by an army (okay, more of a tactical team) of wrist-bound accessories. There are three new Gear devices to consider: the Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit. For more on these devices, check out David's first impressions from this year's Mobile World Congress. The tl;dr here is that, if you're in the market for a Samsung wearable, you probably want the Fit.

Gear

Here's what Michael had to say about the Fit back in February. When Samsung first introduced the combination smartwatch and fitness band, it only supported horizontal viewing. Now it supports vertical display as well.

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There you go. Now's the time to start hitting up over 100 countries' worth of local carrier stores and websites to see how much they want before they're willing to part with one of these products. A full press release is available below.

Samsung Brings Galaxy S5 and New Gear Devices to Global Market

April 11, 2014

The new flagship smartphone and wearables are now available in 125 markets

SEOUL, Korea – April 11, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today announced the commercial launch of the new Galaxy S5 and the Samsung Gear devices – Samsung Gear 2, Samsung Gear 2 Neo, and Samsung Gear Fit. The newly launched devices are ready to be on the shelf in 125 countries including the US, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and most Asian markets.

“The refined design and technological innovation of our new Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear devices are the direct result of Samsung listening carefully to what consumers wanted in the next generation of mobile technology.” said JK Shin, CEO & President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We carefully crafted each device to offer a sophisticated, superior mobile experience that let consumers stay connected in their own way to focus on what really matters to them.”

Samsung Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 combines the advanced camera with world’s fastest auto focus, superior network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools with S Health 3.0 and enhanced device protection features including IP67 dust and water resistance. New and enhanced Samsung WatchON and Samsung Wallet are available to make the Galaxy S5 experience even more enjoyable and productive. The Galaxy S5 is currently available in charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo
The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo have taken wearable technology to the next level acting as an extension of a consumer’s daily life with integrated fitness applications, a standalone music player, remote control feature and compatibility with a wide variety of Samsung devices. Both devices offer a slim, lightweight design in a mere 10 mm thickness. The Gear 2 is currently available in charcoal Black, gold Brown and the newly added wild Orange, while the Gear 2 Neo comes in charcoal Black, mocha Gray and wild Orange.

Samsung Gear Fit
The Gear Fit is the perfect blend of style, fitness and convenience for a wearable device like no other. Featuring the industry’s first curved Super AMOLED display; the superior connectivity benefits of Samsung’s wearable technology with custom, real time fitness coaching provides personalized advice and workout recommendations. The Gear Fit is currently available in charcoal Black, mocha Gray, and wild Orange, as well as the newly added supreme Red, cobalt Blue and vital Green.

Along with the product launch, Samsung also released a new global TV commercial, “My Life Powered by Galaxy S5”. The TV commercial highlights how the Galaxy S5 delivers the capabilities that matters most to consumers and enhances lives by focusing on the relevant and meaningful benefits. The commercial was directed by Tarsem Singh, best known for his work on REM’s “Losing My Religion” music video, as well as films including Mirror Mirror, Immortals. The new TV commercial can be viewed at http://youtube.com/samsungmobile.

To further celebrate the launch of the Galaxy S5, Samsung is also offering Galaxy device users the exclusive FIFA 14mobile game. Available exclusively on the Galaxy S5 and other Galaxy devices starting April 11, users will have the unique chance to play against the Samsung Galaxy 11* team as part of a special partnership with EA SPORTS FIFA 14 mobile game. The Galaxy 11 team, which features world-class football players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, will be available in the game’s Ultimate Team mode. Users can attempt to take down the best players in the world, who have also been tasked with saving Earth, for chances to win special FIFA 14 prize packs.

On launch day, Samsung will also provide consumers the unique purchasing experience at selective Samsung Experience Stores around the globe. Through this event, customers will be treated to a premium Galaxy blue carpet and enjoy a variety of exciting activities such as raffles, photo zones, “best dressed” contests, and a flash mob**.

* Galaxy 11 is a global, multi-platform marketing campaign that tells the story of top-class football players around the world in their attempt to save the planet from alien domination in a “winner takes all” match on a virtual football pitch. Revealed in a series of chapters in 2014, the campaign will be brought to life and offer engagement opportunities across Samsung Galaxy devices, online platforms and social media channels.

** Please note that activities may differ by store location.

Other sources: Samsung [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Stanley Chan

    Already bought mine, 1065.00 usd no carrier here in brazil

    • Changa Sjudi

      wooooh expensive brah

      • Firmino

        Everything here is expensive, because there are people who buy, no matter how much is the price...

      • Stanley Chan

        Taxes my friend, taxes everywhere...

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      I count THREE Nexus 5's there.
      One for you, one for your partner, and one for your (unborn) child!

      Not the case, sadly.

      *Get ready for random lags*

  • Jaime

    I want a fit, but I'm going to try a gear first and see how it looks in my wrist.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    If you're a US customer and are looking to buy a GSM variant outright, I'd recommend buying the T-Mobile version and getting it SIM unlocked rather than buying the AT&T version.

    The T-Mobile version includes 1700 UMTS (AT&T doesn't), and includes all AT&T UMTS/HSPA+ and LTE bands. So basically, the T-Mobile one is the most complete band-wise, and it's the only US carrier variant with the complete software experience (download booster and Kid Mode specifically).

    Stay away from the International version if you want LTE. As far as I know, the International unlocked LTE model doesn't have any support for US LTE bands (specificaly bands 4 and 17), and it's by design. Samsung doesn't want people importing them.

    • mewikime

      Also, the T-Mobile has an unlocked bootloader and can already be rooted using ChainFire 's CF-Auto-Root. The ATT model has a locked bootloader and so far cannot be rooted

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

        Well, if you have decent credit you can get the GS5 from T-Mobile for $0 down and spread the payments out. If you have worse credit they'll charge you $300 up front and a lesser monthly payment, which is still an OK arrangement.

  • Nick

    Where are the lines to buy this phone? Yet Samsung will report bogus record sales. Lol

  • Martin

    I was thinking all day of buying it.. But after Note 3 I promised myself NEVER again until something really cool or metal body.. I am from the small circle who like TW.. So maybe will buy LG G3 or Note 4...

    • Taylor00

      What's wrong with the Note 3?

      • Martin

        It's a nice phone, but just didn't feel right for me.. Feels to cheap, especially if you spend $900 (in my country Bulgaria). And it's too big and really not the best camera (when you have iPhone too). When you press the back it's cracking.. Hope Note 4 to be 5,2" or 5,5" with small bazels. Even 5" for me is perfect.. I had Note 2 sold it (didn't liked it) then tried with Note 3 (didn't liked it, but definitely it was 10000 better than Note 2).. And I really like TW, stock is too boring for me.. Sony meh, don't like the skin, camera.. I like Samsung, just give me the metal body or at least better quality like Lumia...

        • Taylor00

          Too big? Why did you buy it if you thought it was too big? And the phone doesn't feel cheap at all... How would you use an S Pen with a 5" screen? Get real, Martin.

    • Taylor00

      What's wrong with the Note 3?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Needs more Fits

  • RaptorOO7

    Come on already and offer the 32GB version, I have my money WAITING!

    • yep

      64gb would be better imo

  • ZacharyTol

    Join this Galaxy S5 Owners community on Google+

    https://plus.google.com/communities/115640975750968466744

  • andrewhart105

    Now all I need to do is find a nice case. I have been choosing between a Cruzerlite Budroid case and a Spigen Slim Armor....hmmmm which to pick. http://www.galaxys5caseshq.com/

  • Yora Nidiot

    Bertel King can't even tell what time it is.. 1:00PM "in the evening" ??? HUH?? moron

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    Samsung Galaxy S5 Flip δερμάτινο κάλυμμα Folio Case
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