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Samsung-branded stores open in time for Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 hits shops Friday, and Samsung has opened more branded stores today to celebrate the new phone.

Samsung-branded stores are opening across Europe in time for the S5. Manuel Munoz Gomez/Samsung

With the Samsung Galaxy S5 hitting shop shelves this week, Samsung has opened the doors on more branded stores in Europe today in readiness for the new flagship phone.

Following 19 stores already open in Europe, the first British shops have opened in 7 UK cities, selling Samsung's full range of mobiles, tablets, laptops and wearable gadgets. The magnificent 7 are just in time for the S5, which goes on sale across the world on Friday, 11 April.

Samsung plans to stick its name on a multitude of shops operated by high street phone-slingers and retail rivals Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse.

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Phones 4U already runs Samsung-branded shops in London, and will open 15 more in the UK. Carphone Warehouse will open 60 stores across Britain, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The first stores opening today are run by Carphone Warehouse and are located in Bournemouth, Bradford, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, and Newcastle, and on Oxford Street in London.

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