Really no one should be surprised by that title, as Chainfire has done this before (if you remember he rooted the Galaxy S4 prior to release). He has rooted one variant of the Galaxy S5 before it's even available for anyone to buy.

He has had a copy of stock firmware for a while now and says that it only took him this long because his usual testing buddy isn't around anymore to help. Yet, he quickly found a new tester to confirm that his root method works. This variant happens to be the international GSM-LTE model (SM-G900F), which Chainfire thinks will be the most common variant overseas. It's also possible that this method will work, or at least pave the way, on some US variants (likely T-Mobile's version).

He details the process over in a XDA forum, but if you're familiar with his work then the method won't be too unusual or difficult. The basic steps involve flashing a modified recovery, installing the SuperSU app, then reflashing the stock recovery.

If you own a rooted device right now and use the SuperSU app, then you may have noticed that it just recently got updated in the Play Store to version 1.94. It is not certain that this will be the same .apk used with the Galaxy S5, as the changelog only states fixes for the Galaxy Note 2 but be on the lookout!

Does knowing that at least one variant of the Galaxy S5 is already rooted make you more excited for the phone's release? Sound off below in the comments.

Source: Chainfire Google+