The particular situation with South Korean carriers and their government-imposed inability to sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 after it launches on April 11 has reached a surprising conclusion. Although Samsung's co-CEO, JK Shin, confirmed that the telecoms' request to launch the phone early was denied, it seems SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+ went ahead and put the S5 on sale anyway.
Surprised? You are in the same boat with Samsung - in its statement, the company said that it's "very puzzled" by the carriers' high-handed move. It "expressed regret" at their decision and is now "working to verify all the facts". Samsung also confirmed that the global launch schedule will remain unchanged, and the Galaxy S5 will officially debut in April.
Meanwhile, the GS5 is now available for $808 unlocked in South Korea. It's likely that the carriers will have a small amount of phones to sell, as Samsung has provided them with a “limited number” of units for promotional purposes. Either way, the most anxious fans of Sammy flagship over there are probably happy with the early release.
In other Galaxy S5 related news, Samsung India's website listed the Galaxy S5 with an octa-core Adonis Prime 2 CPU, instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chip. The Adonis CPU is an octa-core Exynos 5420, which features four cores clocked at 1.9GHz and four clocked at 1.3GHz. We wonder whether Sammy's silicon is capable of the same camera tricks that come bundled with Qualcomm's image processing chip.