Samsung Galaxy S5 launches in the UK

The latest iteration in the Galaxy line of smartphones has hit the UK high streets today.

Samsung's fifth Galaxy phone will go on sale from today in selected stores across the UK and online. The smartphone will be priced at £570 to purchase SIM-free without a contract, or expect to pay around £40 per month for 24 months on contract.

Samsung's flagship model will come with a 16MP camera, 4G and Wi-Fi combined connectivity and a finger print scanner that can be used to unlock the device and to make purchases in the Samsung store.

The S5 also features a 5.1 inch screen that is .1 of an inch larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, that launched just 11 months ago. The Galaxy smartphone will run on a 2.5 GHz quad core krait 400 processor which is a considerable improvement on the S4's 1.6 GHz processor. You can purchase it with either 16GB or 32GB of memory, which is expandable up the 128GB thanks to the onboard Micro SD card slot.

The finger print scanner is the most anticipated feature on the S5 which seems to have followed in the footsteps of Apple's iPhone 5s that launched last september with TouchID. The S5 requires the user to slide their chosen finger downwards over the handset's home button in order for the phone to unlock or an item to be purchased. 

Samsung's new smartphone has received slight criticism from some who believe it is only modest update over the S4 model. It has also been criticised by the fact that it takes two hands to use the finger print scanner, whereas the iPhone 5s is unlocked simply by the user holding their thumb over the home button, which can be done with one hand.

For a in-depth look at the new Galaxy S5 check out The Guardian's online review. And if you're interested in finding the best contract deals on the Samsung smartphone Gizmodo has compiled all the best deals in one article.