You can check out a real, live Galaxy S5 at Best Buy now

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The Galaxy S5’s official release is still a few weeks away — it won’t launch until April 11th — but Samsung and Best Buy are tempting customers early with preview devices arriving at select retail locations today. The phone will be in display in about 100 stores across the nation where eager potential buyers can get their finger grease all over its 5.1-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED display.

The preview of functional demo handsets in advance of a phone’s retail launch is a first for Best Buy, who already partners with the Korean smartphone maker to host Samsung-staffed kiosks in many locations. Samsung’s new line of smart watches are also on display early, showcasing the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit.

Preorders of the Galaxy S5 kicked off earlier today through AT&T. T-Mobile will follow next week with other US carriers likely to fall in line before the handset’s worldwide April launch.

The exact stores that will have the demo units have not been announced, so buyers still may need to do a bit of sleuthing to track one down. For those on the fence about the decision to go with the GS5 as their next handset, a little hands-on time could make all the difference.

[via Mashable]

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  • No_Nickname90

    I hope there is there a Houston location. I love getting firsthand looks at new devices.

    • Roaduardo

      Htown should have plenty. If there are some here in SA y’all should have some.

  • bobdude5

    omg yes! I cant believe im saying this but im excited to go to work today.

  • J Cav the Great

    i am near three Best Buys…Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and West Covina…one of them should have a display…I will see today

    • Jody Schoolcraft

      West Covina is supposed to.

  • Mitchel White
  • MK2

    No where in Colorado :(

    • Roaduardo

      Y’all got something better than the S5! Smoke sum for me!

  • irishrally

    Functional demos or those crappy fake models?

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

    There are 8 best buys within 20 miles of me. Phones calls will be made.

    • Roaduardo

      That’s heaven. What part of the globe is this?

    • Matt Schley

      I’m assuming you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area?

  • RichFromBX

    but it’s not a Verizon model, thanks Verizon!

    sarcasm out

  • Giovanni

    No thanks, I’ll wait for the Sony Z2

  • steveb944

    I figured they would be all around me. Thank you major metropolitan population

  • http://bamaredwingsfan.blogspot.com/ JH

    What’s the status of the bootloader?

    • MITM

      Locked and Knox’d

      • Roaduardo

        XDA is da way. It’ll get sorted in good time as usual.

  • DYNK

    Trust me guys, It feels better in real life than the pictures. I can do a review if anybody is interested

    • mreveryphone

      I’d like that…

    • barondebxl

      Do a review bruh

      • crocop24

        Review: Same a S4. The end.

        • barondebxl

          Don’t care about your opinion, he used it, care about his.

    • http://twitter.com/Vanakatherock Vanakatherock

      That blue looks really nice.

    • Roaduardo

      Do it. Do it right meow.

      • Dustin Anglin

        You’ve cat to be kitten me

        • Roaduardo

          I’m just kitten around here

  • Chris Clark

    I went to the Best Buy near me, with the special Samsung area, but no S5′s around….lots of S4′s and Note 3′s…. :(

  • Stark

    Read a similar article to this mentioning that this pre release hands on is happening in 61 select countries. Any idea which countries they are and where? Wouldn’t mind trying before buying here in Australia! Will make all the difference in my decision between upgrading from my S3 to the S5 or Note 3.

  • barondebxl

    I want a black S5.

  • Quinn Barnes-Carr

    San Carlos, CA
    Dublin, CA
    Emeryville, CA
    San Francisco (Harrison St Downtown), CA
    Daly City/Colma, CA

    Those are the 5 in the Bay Area displaying the S5s and new Gears.

  • np6s4x

    not here yet, only ads for it :(

  • Alfredo Eduardo Manriquez

    Att has them as well

  • Contestking

    Best Buy website will list stores in your state that have them…

  • Contestking

    Just played with the phone…the camera is unbelievable and it you turn it upside down, you can use the volume button rocker as a shutter button…finally the button is back!

  • John Crane

    I went into a Best Buy on Friday to see the phone, but they didn’t have one to show me.

  • ronk2010

    None near me. They only have 100 to spread around? Disappointed

  • Pradaman Shorey

    Met the Galaxy S5 today @ Best Buy, check my impressions
    https://plus.google.com/+PradamanShorey/posts/fUGj7cN3kS6