A new Samsung Galaxy S5 color is slated to touch down in the United States later on this month though it’s not the color that some prospective Galaxy S5 shoppers have been holding out for.
In late February, Samsung took the stage at Mobile World Congress and debuted its Samsung Galaxy S5, the successor to the Galaxy S4 and a device that the company released to compete with the likes of the iPhone 5s, LG G3, and Nokia Lumia Icon. Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S5 is loaded up with high-end features including a water and dust resistant design that comes in both black and white.
At the event, Samsung also showed off blue and gold Galaxy S5 options. And while the gold Galaxy S5 has been available in some regions for weeks, it still hasn’t made it to the United States. That, fortunately, is about to change.
Earlier today, T-Mobile and Sprint confirmed plans to carry the gold version of the Galaxy S5, a device that The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern likened to a band-aid when it was first announced earlier this year.
The Galaxy S5 Gold, or what I call the Galaxy S5 Band-Aid pic.twitter.com/xU5fzvWrvz
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) February 24, 2014
The gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be released on May 30th on both carriers and it not only will it cost the same as the black and white variants, it will come with the same high-end features that arrived with the previous models. Samsung also confirmed that the gold Galaxy S5 will land for AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Verizon on May 30th.
Samsung notes that the gold Verizon Galaxy S5 will be available through indirect retailers which means that it may be a little harder to find than the other models.
Unfortunately, the blue Samsung Galaxy S5, a device that many consider to be more attractive than the gold Galaxy S5, remains missing in action for U.S. consumers. In the past, Samsung has released new colors throughout the year, likely in an attempt to keep its flagship devices fresh, so it’s possible that we’ll see the blue Galaxy S5 emerge somewhere down the road.
That brown Galaxy S5 is cool and all, but not really. Blue is where it’s at. :p pic.twitter.com/74e6ly3Ejw
— Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson) May 21, 2014
The 32GB Galaxy S5 model also remains missing in the United States and it’s not clear if carriers have any intention of releasing it in the future. U.S. Cellular told us back in March that it had no plans to release a 32GB model and it appears that those plans haven’t changed in the weeks since the Galaxy S5’s release.
Samsung appears to have more Galaxy S5 plans in store for consumers as rumors point to another Samsung Galaxy S5 model with improved specifications. The device, currently dubbed Samsung Galaxy S5 “Prime”, is rumored to be coming with a QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, Android 4.4 KitKat, and perhaps, a design that is made out of metal.
Rumors have pointed to a Galaxy S5 Prime release in June though it’s still not clear if the device will be landing outside of Asia. Reports suggest that the release could be limited, mirroring last year’s Samsung Galaxy Round release. The Galaxy Round, a device with a curved display, never made it outside of Korea.
We’ve also seen a potential Samsung Galaxy S5 Active leak several times and rumors suggest that AT&T, at the very least, will be picking up Samsung’s rugged version of the Galaxy S5. Release dates for both devices remain unclear though we expect them both to arrive before the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung’s rumored fall flagship smartphone.