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Straits Times readers to be first to get hands on Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone

Published on Mar 31, 2014 6:00 AM

Be one of the first 20 people in the world to take home Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone.

While the Galaxy S5 will only be launched in several markets on April 11, The Straits Times, together with Samsung Asia, will be inviting 40 readers to a Straits Times Appreciates Readers (Star) event on April 10, where they can test out the phone, as well as the new Gear 2 smart watch accessory. 20 of them will walk away with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Gear 2 accessory in a lucky draw at the event. The other 20 will receive a $100 Samsung voucher each.

Featuring a 5.1-inch display and powered by a 2.5GHz quad core processor, the water and dust proof phone has a heart rate monitor and a faster 16MP camera, as well as a new biometric sensor that enables users to access the phone with their fingerprint.

Galaxy S5 owners here will be among the first in the world to be able to pay for items through PayPal by using their fingerprint as a authenticator.

Even though Apple’s iPhone 5S has a biometric sensor, it can only be used to unlock the device and pay for items within Apple’s App Store.

The Galaxy S5 is priced at $1,068 and the Gear 2 will be priced at $398. While Samsung Asia has not announced the local launch date, all three telcos have started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S5.

To sign up for the Star event, send an e-mail to with the subject “The Straits Times/Samsung GALAXY S5 LTE”, along with your name, NRIC number, mobile number and e-mail address.

All entries must be submitted by April 06, 11:59pm.

How to enter

Send your full name, NRIC number, mobile number and e-mail address to with the subject "The Straits Times / Samsung GALAXY S5".

All entries must be submitted by April 06, 11.59pm.

Event details will be sent via email to invited readers after the closing date.

Terms & conditions

The contest applies only to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

Staff of SPH and their immediate family members are not eligible to join the contest  

Winners must agree to attend the event on April 10 at the Samsung Experience Store at Westgate to receive the prize.

In the event that the winner is unable to attend the event, the organisers reserve the right to select another winner.

Prizes are non-transferable. The organisers reserve the right to vary the prizes or replace the prizes (in whole or in part), without giving any reason.  

Winners must agree to make themselves available for media interviews and photographs, which may be used in any Singapore Press Holdings Limited medium for commercial purposes. For clarity, all proprietary and intellectual property rights in the said interview and photographs shall be solely and entirely owned by Singapore Press Holdings Limited.

By entering the contest, participants agree that they have read, understood and accepted the Terms & Conditions in their entirety.

We reserve the right to amend the Terms & Conditions of the contest without prior notice.