Carphone Warehouse will join Samsung in offering the Galaxy S5 for pre-order from March 28th, as the retailer becomes the first chain to confirm a due date for the handset ahead of its official arrival of shop shelves on April 11th.
Like Samsung, Carphone has yet to confirm pricing for the handset. But unlike Phones 4U's sub-brand Dialaphone, which lists the white, blue and black colours only, it is expected to range the handset in every colourway, including gold.
The bricks-and-mortar and online giant is also backing pent-up demand for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to make the S4’s failure to set the market alight a dim and distant memory.
A Carphone spokesperson said: “We’ve seen record numbers of pre-registrations for the Samsung Galaxy S5 compared to its predecessors so we know that customer demand for this new handset is exceptionally high.
“We’re expecting pre-orders to go through the roof when we open on March 28th as a huge number of Samsung fans are coming toward the end of their contracts and will be looking to upgrade to a new, yet still familiar, device.”
Last week, Carphone confirmed that 130% more customers had registered for updates about the phone’s availability than for the Galaxy S4.
In press statements and catalogue blurb, Samsung has referred the Galaxy S5 as a bid to go 'back to basics' after the S4 picked up less-than-impressive notices.
These focused largely on quirky eyeball-scanner-based user interface customisations, such as SmartScroll, the likes of which are still present in the S5 but are discreetly tucked away rather than front and centre.
Features the phone-maker is rather more keen to promote are 4K video recording (that’s four times as high-res as HD), as well as next-gen fitness smarts and a Touch ID-style fingerprint scanner. Read more about what the latest Galaxy S offers in our one-stop guide.