The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date in the United States inched closer today as the device has been spotted passing through the Bluetooth certification process ahead of its April release dates.
Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy S5, a brand new Galaxy S smartphone that will be coming to replace the Galaxy S4 as the company’s flagship and take on the likes of the HTC One, iPhone 5s and even the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung announced its hardware features, its new software and it also announced that the device would be arriving on shelves on April 11th in 150 countries around the world. And while U.S. carriers confirmed the device for arrival in the month of April, they did not confirm specific release dates for their variants.
We still don’t have specific release dates for the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Galaxy S5 variants but thanks to Bluetooth certifications, discovered by Japanese site Blog of Mobile, we do know that their release dates have inched closer.
In the buildup to the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, we learned that the device would be dubbed SM-G900. We also learned, through leaks and User Agent Profiles, that American carriers would also adopt the SM-G900 model number with their own distinct names, similar to the model numbers of the Galaxy S5. Here is how it breaks down:
- SM-G900A_NA_ATT (AT&T)
- SM-G900P_NA_SPR (Sprint)
It’s those model numbers that have shown up in Bluetooth certifications today. A Bluetooth certification is one of the few remaining hurdles that the Samsung Galaxy S5 needs to clear before it can be released inside of the United States so it’s not surprising to see Samsung moving quickly to get it taken care of.
The final hurdle, of course, will be clearance from the FCC, something that doesn’t appear to have happened yet given Samsung’s language on its Galaxy S5 splash page. The company says that the Galaxy S5 has not been authorized by the FCC and that it cannot go on sale yet because of that.
U.S. carriers haven’t revealed specific Galaxy S5 release dates but they have announced plans to start carrying the device come April. It’s possible that the United States will also get the Galaxy S5 on April 11th, Samsung has made the region a priority with recent launches, though that remains unconfirmed.
Samsung has confirmed the actual Samsung Galaxy S5 that is heading to shelves in the U.S. We now know that the Galaxy S5 will utilize a brand new design that’s both water and dust resistant, we know that it will come with a 5.1-inch 1080p display, we know it will arrive with a Snapdragon 801 processor, and we know that it will offer some new software features in addition to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
We also know that the Samsung Galaxy S5 price, off-contract, should be around $650, or, the same off-contract price that the Samsung Galaxy S4 had when it launched last year. The on-contract price is still not clear though rumors have pointed to a possible price drop from the Galaxy S4’s original $199.99 starting price.