Samsung Galaxy S5 priced cheaper than its predecessor
Samsung was able to add a heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and IP67 certification while cutting the price. We wonder if the newer model will also provide the Korean manufacturer with better margins. One Samsung spokesman in Korea said that adding the new features while lowering the price, provides a price-performance ratio that is "expected for customer satisfaction".
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to launch April 11th in 150 countries. In the U.S., we expect to see carriers offer the phone for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract. T-Mobile, which doesn't offer subsidized phones, will ask for a down payment with monthly installment payments due.
source: ZDNetKorea (translated) via GSMArena
1. papss (unregistered)
While expensive this is great news for anyone purchasing the S5. I'd be curious how cheap it will be in the US.
7. papss (unregistered)
Let us see how the price stacks up to the HTC. I think they both will try to stay close to one another in this area.
8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1551; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
GS5 here in Finland: €699 (=$962). Pre-order price, though, might drop down after while. And Finland is F-ing expensive.
12. papss (unregistered)
I could never buy a phone with prices like that.
16. Astoni (Posts: 596; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
958$ for it in sweden, and its about standard price for any new high-end smartphone :p.
for me it feels lika a normal price, and 600$ seems cheap as Sh*t
17. sip1995 (Posts: 1027; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
Hahaha...CHEAP, in Greece it costs €749 (=$1030) same price as the iPhone 5s..
25. sip1995 (Posts: 1027; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
ouch....that's expensive.But you have different salaries there and you don't have economical crisis....
44. akki20892 (Posts: 3708; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Child play, please turn that money into pound. £1154.
53. Astoni (Posts: 596; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The 5s is unlocked for 549 in the uk :p thats cheap
60. Tizen007 (Posts: 546; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
You should wait till April 11 to see if that is the official price.
67. Astoni (Posts: 596; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
just go onto apples own site for the UK.. it's going to be cheaper in stores i guess..
62. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 406; Member since: 24 May 2011)
From where did you get that figure?
I was planning to buy but I'd rather keep both my kidneys.
65. rallyguy (Posts: 589; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
AT&T already announced a pre order for $199 on contract.
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I'm only unimpressed because my Note 3 set the bar high. I like what HTC is doing and I can't wait to get confirmation on the LG G3. I'm not tied to just one brand. I just want the best phone experience.
58. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
yeah, cheap my ass. LG G2 is cheaper & better
3. FoneAddict (Posts: 211; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I still wouldn't buy Band Aid S5 even if it was half price it's just so Ugly.
5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9092; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yet you come to the article and troll. Make sense.
13. FoneAddict (Posts: 211; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Makes perfect sense to call a spade a spade. A phone that adds very little to the previous generation and clearly demonstrates Samsung is getting complacent and taking their loyal customers to the dry cleaners.
18. maherk (Posts: 1378; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
adds very little? Snapdragon 600 to 801, 2600 mah to 2800 mah, 13mp to 16Mp, 5" to 5.1" screen, fingerprint scanner, ip67, usb 3.0, lighter UI, download booster, latest radios technology, and I won't go to mention the extra functionalities added in the software. You don't like it, easy, stop clicking on the S5's damn articles
19. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 728; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)
Their strategy was always by adding as much crap, gimmicks, features as possible to a cheap looking, cheap to build phone in a hope some of that crap will become mainstream. So far beside making a phablet category it has not created or revolutionised anything and thats why they are hoping that heart rate thingy thats completely useless the way its used and positioned it will somehow succeed so others will copy them.
26. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
Dear beloved nokia/apple/orwhateverandroidwannabebrandssupporter .. Features that others cant or want to add to their smartphones.. think large screens effective multitasking smart watch S-pen... etc and the S series set the bar high for android we all know that.. and no it was no desire line or a farty forgotten htc hero that did .., if it's cheap whatever .. why is it premium priced and selling 10 times the competition? while the so-called premium phones with the same price tag cant even sell?
29. maherk (Posts: 1378; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
stop crying over another Company's success. I am one of those who admits that the HtC and Apple's design is better than Samsung, but just like me, the millions who bought the s2, S3, S4, and all the Notes, don't give a damn about aluminum, they want a phone that has the best features out there, a phone that won't be affected by the weather, a phone that has a good network coverage all the time, and a phone that has the versatility the Galaxy phones offer with their swappable batteries, micro sd card, and the ability to change the battery door to my own liking with the thousands of customized battery doors on ebay. You, and most of the trolls here need to realize, that after 4 years going with the same strategy, and with all your nagging about how ugly Samsung phones are, yet they are the number one in the android market.
47. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 532; Member since: 20 May 2012)
You aint much better Smurfett, i've seen you doing some serious trolling in the past
6. papss (unregistered)
While I'm not super fond of the front its not that bad. Also only the one color looks like a band aid. I think it looks pretty nice in white and I normally don't go for white
9. Carlitos (Posts: 362; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Why bother Commenting then you blind hater. There is nothing wrong with the s5. Just hating
10. papss (unregistered)
28. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
i think he meant replying to the guy above ... but the comments or your post are so extended we get confused lol
35. papss (unregistered)
He must have.. I truly said nothing fanboyish (in this article lol)
50. papss (unregistered)
You need attention s2 guy? Talk to me when you buy something that doesn't have a resolution lower than a 3ds
63. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)
He's better off with an S2 than having a windows fart device no one wants.
20. maherk (Posts: 1378; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
where did you see him hating? learn how to rwad and take a chill pill.
14. Dude2014 (Posts: 195; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
I'll give you free one when it's released. Would you accept that? Please say No!
15. tedkord (Posts: 5601; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Well, there are those who value function over form, and those who value form over function. We now know which camp you fall into.
57. DillWeed (Posts: 92; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)
The good thing is you can change or to whatever you want for less then ten bucks. I've got several different back cases for my note 3.
11. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Result of underwhelming reactions of public opinion.
22. Dude2014 (Posts: 195; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
GS4 = 827 us $? It's weird that GS4 price in my county just after 3 weeks they released internationally was 590 us $. Everything is just so expensive in Korea or what? Or Samsung imported their cheap GS4 (crap version) to my country? OMG.
24. livyatan (Posts: 787; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
Look at it this way..This phone for this price or some shiny classy polished premium S5 you all dreamed to see, for $ 800?
Now I can say, good job Samsung.
Let them snobs throw money on overpriced shiny iPhones..all those people looking for a practical , durable, reliable and fairly priced phone can have this.
31. sagemda (Posts: 25; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)
here in romania preorder from respectable comercial sites its f****g 980 usd's at preorder, i hate this retarded country, the lg g2 just landed 1 or barely 2 months ago.. and its expensive too
32. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)
this is a cheap plastic phone so must have ower price
34. Taters (Posts: 3660; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
The people that complaining are hilarious. Apple would NEVER drop the price of their flagship, EVER. And HTC and Sony will ever only do so if they were forced to by the lack of sales. And HTC still skimps with a lower end S801 chip and only ddr2 ram instead of ddr3.
Samsung is voluntarily giving you the best parts for cheaper and the haters complain? They are either really stupid or just jealous. Probably a little bit of both but heavily skewed towards the former.
40. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 976; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Wait a second, while i partially agree with your statement HTC and Sony have actually used their heads on choosing the 2.3 GHz S801, the only differences between the AB and AC are the extra 0.2 GHz clock speed, if you did notice the S800 already suffers from throttling due to excessive heat and a lower clock speed on the S801 will produce less heat. (less heat and power drain > marginal power gains)
36. HTCOE (Posts: 560; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)
I'm not surprised after using the S5 it looks and feels cheaper than the S4. the shiny plastic around the side is a disgrace and the rear "band-aid" feels good actually but it's going to show some signs of wear and tear fast.
38. maherk (Posts: 1378; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
and how did you manage to get your hands on an S5? at least come up with a lie someone can believe! FYI, the chrome trim is the same used on the S4 and Note 3, and NONE knew it was a painted plastic until Samsung came out clear about it, even gadget sites thought that it was some kinda metal.
66. rallyguy (Posts: 589; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Over half the people I know with smart phones put cases on them, so in the end the look of the back means nothing.
37. rasahkepo (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2014)
In my country, Indonesia starts from SG S2, the launch price was IDR 5,499,000 | S3 was IDR 6,499,000 | S4 was IDR 7,499,000 | and now the pre-order price for S5 is IDR 8,499,000
Samsung increasing IDR 1,000,000 every year for their S-Series Flagship. Sighs
39. downphoenix (Posts: 2505; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
hopefully the US MSRP isnt higher than $549.99
51. papss (unregistered)
Sorry man but it is higher than that