As far as the length of time between announcement and retail date go, Samsung has left a lot of prospective Galaxy S5 users with a tantalizing wait. It has been one month since the company revealed all at Mobile World, and even now, we’re still two weeks away from its official launch on April 8th. To fill in the time, below is a hands-on unboxing from T-Mobile, which goes through the contents found within the packaging, as well as first boot.

Unboxing videos are a great way to whet the appetite in anticipation for a major new release. After all, we all feel that rush of excitement when opening up a new gadget from its box, and although only the chosen few have had the opportunity to unpack the Galaxy S5, we’re now getting mightily close to its retail date.

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Boasting a 16-megapixel camera, we’ve been greatly impressed with some of the snaps we’ve seen taken by the forthcoming flagship, and with 4K video capture also seeming to live up to its billing, it’s a device that photography fans will certainly gravitate towards.

The design has been criticized by some, no less because the dotted rear-side finish looks somewhat like a band-aid if you happen to pick up the gold model, while the front of the device looks quite a bit similar to the Galaxy Note 3. Nonetheless, Samsung appears to be sticking to a form factor that has worked time and again, and with some cool additions such as a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint sensor, it will be interesting to see how consumers respond.

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AT&T has already confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be available to customers from April 8th at an up-front cost of $199, tethered to a 24-month contractual agreement. T-Mobile, meanwhile, the carrier behind this unboxing video, will retail the device on April 11th – the same day that Three UK and Vodafone UK will also begin selling the handset in Britain.

There’s no doubt that the jury is still out on the Galaxy S5, and with the HTC One ‘2’ being announced tomorrow, the battle for supremacy in Android space is very finely poised.

Anyway, check out the unboxing below, and be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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