As of today, Samsung Galaxy S5 is available with South Korea’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom. The problem with that is that Samsung had not intended for the GS5 to be available before April 11 — and the company is not too happy about it.
In a statement, Samsung said it is “very puzzled” by SK Telecom’s move, AP reports. The official global launch date for the Galaxy S5 is still April 11, Samsung claims.
Other Korean mobile carriers, LG Uplus Corp. and KT Corp. also plan to release the device early. The reason is a recent 45-day ban on acquiring new users, imposed on the carriers by Korea’s government regulator due to illegal subsidies.
“We decided to release the product for a wider consumer choice of handsets before our operation suspension begins on April 5,” Irene Kim, a spokeswoman for SK Telecom, told Bloomberg in a statement.
The Galaxy S5 was launched during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. The 5.1-inch phone boasts a quad-core, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera.