On Monday, Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy S5, also announcing that as of April 11 the new smartphone will be made available for purchase in over 150 countries, without mentioning anything about the price of the handset.
About a week before the Galaxy S5 launch Bloomberg reported that the Korea-based phone maker will sell the new smartphone below the price of previous Galaxy S phones. As I was mentioning above, the Samsung representatives didn’t talk Galaxy S5 price during the Unpacked 5 event held in Barcelona, but a new report from ZDNet Korea seems to confirm Bloomberg’s report.
The lower Galaxy S5 price could make sense given that, hardware-wise, the new smartphone doesn’t come with any significant improvements compared to the Galaxy S4.
The first report talking about the lowered Galaxy S5 price said that Samsung would not only reduce the price of the contract free models, but also the on-contract pricing. Bloomberg reported that Samsung talked to at least one US carrier and agreed that they should be more aggressive about the S5 pricing.
However, if the reports prove true and Samsung manages to price the new smartphone for $400 – 500 off contract and $99 – 149 on contract, then Apple and the other big players of the smartphone market would have real head-aches.
I remind you that the Samsung Galaxy S5 brings a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of microSD-expandable storage, 2,800 mAh battery, 16 MP rear-facing camera with support for 4K video recording, LTE, WiFi MIMO, heart rate monitor, fingerprint sensor, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
As usual, Samsung integrated a plethora of software features on the S5. Selective Focus (which allows the user to choose the focus point after a picture is taken), a new battery saving mode that promises 24 hours of battery life with only 10% of battery left, Private Mode (which can be enabled with the fingerprint sensor), and Kids Mode are just some of them.