Samsung Galaxy S5 goes up for pre-order in the UK, costs a small fortune

The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is already up for pre-order in the UK through online retailer Clove, but it sports a whopping price tag.

Samsung recently took the wraps off its highly-anticipated Galaxy S5 flagship at MWC 2014, and the smartphone is already available for pre-order in the UK. Although it was rumored that the new flagship may come at a lower price point compared to the Galaxy S4's price at launch, Clove has listed a premium price tag for the Galaxy S5.

The pre-order page for the handset on Clove UK lists a hefty £599.99 price after taxes, which would translate to roughly $1,000. On the bright side, the price is not final, as the retailer notes that it has yet to receive confirmation, so there's still a chance that the Galaxy S5 won't cost a fortune.

Clove UK is taking pre-orders for the black and white models of the Samsung Galaxy S5 for now, but it will likely add the blue and gold variants at a later date. Phones4U, meanwhile, lists the black, white, and blue models of the smartphone, but has only opened up registrations for now. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also expected to become available in the country through Carphone Warehouse in all color options.

Samsung's latest flagship smartphone sports some notable improvements over its predecessor, although it comes with the same overall design and plastic build. The slight difference in appearance compared to the Galaxy S4 consists of a new dotted texture pattern for the rear panel, which many consider a downgrade.

Aside from the disappointing design, the Galaxy S5 comes with some neat new tricks. First of all, it is IP67 certified dust- and water-resistant, and it has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its home button.

In terms of specifications, the new Samsung Galaxy S5 sports a slightly larger 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and packs a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor under the hood. Other specs include Adreno 330 graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage capacity, an upgraded 16-megapixel rear camera (still no optical image stabilization), a 2-megapixel front shooter, and a 2,800 mAh battery.

To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S5 from Clove UK, head over to the retailer's website at this link. It's worth pointing out, however, that Clove doesn't expect stock until April 11.

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