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Would-be Galaxy S5 buyers will get their first proper chance to see it up close today, with the news that Phones 4U is now live-demoing the handset in select stores.

The opportunity to get hands-on with Samsung’s latest flagship phone comes ahead of the official start of Galaxy S5 pre-orders on March 28th, setting up a battle royale with the HTC One M8 for mindshare and marketshare.

Branches with stock of phones to show you are the Bullring concession in Birmingham, the Queens Street store in Cardiff, the Metrocentre Gateshead outpost, as well as the Phones 4Us in the Overgate Centre in Glasgow and Crawley, near Southampton, and at Thurrock Lakeside near Cambridge.

Londoners can test the handset out at Westfield White City, Stratford Westfield and Oxford Street.

Phones 4U store shot

Phones 4U has also confirmed it will start taking orders for the Galaxy S5 from 00.01 on the Friday. And given the scrum and shortages that usually mark new phone launches, it might be an idea to stay up if you’re hell-bent on being among the first to own the handset.

Billed as a ‘back to basics’ handset after the bloat of the Galaxy S4, the water-resistant S5’s features take in a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED HD screen, iPhone-style fingerprint recognition technology and a 16-megpixel camera.

4G LTE support with a Download Booster are on board too, as is a power-saving mode to string out battery life and the latest 4.4 version of Android.

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