Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile took to Facebook and Twitter today to announce "THE NEXT BIG THING IS ALMOST HERE coming SOON Samsung Galaxy S5".
This a bit of a surprise as up to now Sprint hasn't made top of the line Android phones available on its Boost and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands until they are at least a year old. Currently the nearly two year old Samsung Galaxy S III is the premiere Android phone at both Virgin and Boost.
The S5 was just announced this week at the big Mobile World Congress trade shoe in Barcelona and isn't expected to be available on any operator until early April. Boost and Virgin already hyping the S5 suggests they will be among the first to get it. As for the price, the unlocked S5 is rumored to be about $100 less expensive than the S5 which would be about $500. Boost and Virgin tend to lightly subsidize their top phones so we could be looking at as little as $400.
Samsung lists the the S5's specs as:
- Network: LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)
- Processor: 2.5GHz Quad core application processor
- Display: 5.1” FHD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080), 432 ppi
- Dimensions: 142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm, 145g
- OS: Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)
- Memory: RAM : 2GB, 16/32GB User Memory + microSD slot (up to 128GB)
- Connectivity: WiFi : 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2x2),Download Booster (LTE + WiFi simultaneous reception),NFC, Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+, USB 3.0, IR Remote
- Additional Features: IP67 certificated Dust & Water Resistant, Emergency Mode, Ultra Power Saving Mode, S Health, Quick Connect, Private Mode, Kids Mode
- Cameras: Main(Rear) : 16MP (1/2.6”, Phase Detection AF), Sub (Front) : 2.0MP (1920 x 1080, Wide-angle lens )
- Camera Features: HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot
- Video: UHD@30fps, HDR, video stabilization
- Video Codec: H.263, H.264(AVC), MPEG4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark, MP43, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
- Video Format: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
- Audio Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
- Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture, Fingerprint, Heart Rate Sensor
- Battery: 2800mAh, Standby time : 390 hrs (LTE) / Talk time: 21 hrs (WCDMA)
The above specs are for the GSM version but the CDMA model should be simiilar except for the cellular radio.