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Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will go on pre-order in a shade over two weeks’ time, the phone-maker has confirmed. But only at certain retailers.

The latest flagship Galaxy S smartphone will be available to order from Friday 28th March at Samsung’s e-store and at its Stratford Westfield Experience Store in east London.

We’re assuming that Samsung own site and flagship bricks-and-mortar outlet will be the best stocked retailers, amid forecasts of the kind of frustrating stock shortages that seem to blight the launch of big handset releases these days.

That ought to mean that if you order it directly from Samsung, you stand a very good chance of getting it from day one of availability on April 11th.

News of Samsung’s plans for bringing the S5 to market comes as signs are emerging that the phone could be a much bigger deal than its underperforming predecessor.

Carphone Warehouse announced that 130% more people have signed up for availability updates for the Galaxy S5 than the Galaxy S4.

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Meanwhile, T-Mobile’s US division has racked up 300,000 interested parties for its own early-bird promo.

Neither Samsung nor carriers have broken cover on Galaxy S5 pricing. But rumours suggest it could undercut the Galaxy S4, after that the fourth-gen Galaxy S smartphone failed to garner the kind of sales that some industry wonks anticipated.

It’s thought that the gold model could be a network exclusive in the UK, in the wake of O2's official confirmation that it will not be ranging that colour option. As with the iPhone 5S, this is predicted to be the hue that's most in demand.

We’re backing Vodafone as the carrier most likely to have won the rights to the ‘copper gold’ model, purely on the grounds that it’s the network with the sort of financial muscle to negotiate that kind of ‘golden-handcuffs’ exclusive.

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