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Samsung might price the Galaxy S5 lower than the competition, or the Galaxy S4 at launch

Samsung might price the Galaxy S5 lower than the competition, or the Galaxy S4 at launch
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is official, Korean media once again reiterates that it might be priced lower than the direct competition, like, say, the Sony Xperia Z2. The handset made waves with the inclusion of fingerprint biometry, and a unique heart rate sensor on the back, but those who were expecting a Quad HD monster, or metallic chassis, remained somewhat disappointed.

We've heard Bloomberg spread the "more affordable" rumor before, and at the time it stated that Samsung is still negotiating prices with carriers, mulling whether to price it lower than its usual flagship launch tag. Now, whether that means it's the carriers that will bear the brunt of the Galaxy S5 subsidies, and the end user will get it for cheaper than the usual $200 on contract, remains to be seen. 

Alternatively, Samsung might decide to ship it for less to carriers as well, eating some margin spread, and passing the savings down to consumers. If these rumors pan out, we win in both case scenarios, yet when asked to comment on the matter, Samsung replied "we'll reveal the specific pricing after consultation with international carriers," which is as boilerplate as it can be.

source: ZDNet.co.kr

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 01:54 15

1. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

The reason is simple: failed phone!!!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:01 14

3. XaErO (Posts: 319; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

I guess, the reason could be ..

they might be looking to launch a premium mobile device ..

and that may have a New Design, QHD Display & 3GB RAM etc.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:22 3

15. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

The "premium mobile device" that you're talking about is the mystery unannounced Galaxy F right?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:25 2

52. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

What do u mean by F? Lol
I guess they have new lineup, means only premium phones. If it's true then will be exciting ahead.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:11

55. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Sammobile who are very accurate with Samsung rumors and leaks did say before the announcement that there is 2 galaxy s5's but only the 1080p version will be shown as the 2k version is to come later in the summer. Now I'm not saying they are right but with leaks of a 2k Samsung device on benchmarks and also the spigen case leak showing 2 s5 and and there design was pretty much accurate of what came of the s5 imo there actually may be some merit to a more improved and expensive s5 coming later on. It's not nothing new, there was a updated a s3 with more ram and faster cpu in the UK couple of months later and there was also a updated s800 model s4 released in Korea too so it's possible. I don't think it is the f I think the rumours of it being the s5 prime and that being the name might be true.. None the less I'm happy with my s4, imo phones have kind of stagnated, you won't see huge differences in daily use anymore. I could live with a moto g if it had a better camera and sd card slot. I'm liking the look of z2, nice upgrade especially the screen as the last one was rubbish compared to the competition, my only issue with Sony is for whatever reason imo there camera sounds awesome but is very hit and miss in real world usage and there battery even though it's high mah it never lasts as long as battery with smaller mah. Example the z1 has more juice than the s4 by 400mah but for example video playback on the s4 was 9 hourish where as on the z1 it was and similar story with the Web browsing. For me the stats with these 2 are important cause that's what I do the most. It looks to be similar story with the s5 and z2.the z2 again has 400mah but from official Sony stats its like 6-7 hours of videos vs s5 12 hours again will wait till actual devices and battery test are done but it's great to see Sony put all the jigsaw together, great hardware and spec, unobtrusive ui. If they can some how get 10+ hours of video and Web browsing and can see them support there devices for the long term I can see myself getting a Sony next especially if they are a z2 compact with slim bezels, that's another thing that annoys me with Sony is they have large bezels and one of the reasons I don't like the s5 too because it too has large bezels. It's hard to go back to large bezels when your use to slim ones, it also means bigger screen on smaller phone size. Also can't count LG g3 out but they rubbish with updates, HTC worried will they be in business if they fail this year so kind of staying away from them. Then there's the note 4 to consider later on this year as phones like s5 and z2 are very close to the size of a note 3 that I might aswel. Anyways I have a year left on my s4 contract, will stick with s4 but if anything truly blows my mind then might buy out my contract otherwise not seen anything that's worth breaking my contract for.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:37 6

22. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

exactly, they have the technology. I think this is just to throw the competition off guard and then announce the "ultimate" Galaxy S5 Premium Edition at a dedicated Unpacked event. Everything about this phones announcement didn't spell Flagship

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:02 1

39. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

not going to happen. this is only fanboys say that to make themselves feel better.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:33 1

42. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)

Nope...You dont introduce two flagships in 1 year!
(Galaxy Note is not flagship!)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:59 2

48. Drachell (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)

You do. In example Xperia Z and Z1.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:15

61. force44 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)

Note should be the flagship especially if this is all we're gonna get from the S line.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:50

63. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

Note is a Phablet, are you smoking crack? Most want a phone that can mostly be used with one hand (that size keeps getting bigger but still 5.1 inches it's usuable for most).

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:48

62. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

Galaxy F isn't a flagship. They said it many times, it's a Luxury phone, much like the Galaxy Note series. Luxuries phones aren't for everyone (reason the Note lines, Sony/Nokia and even Iphone 5S hasn't sold Galaxy numbers). Galaxy S5 is the Phone for "Everyone". Galaxy F is the phone for Geeks and Rich kids lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:19 3

50. drazwy (Posts: 198; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

Galaxy S5s ultra pro Z One

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:44 1

53. fireblade (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

keep dreaming, son

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 01:59 13

2. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

People don't seem to understand business strategy. There is a reason why Samsung didn't release a "monster phone". Its because the general trend in the smartphone market shows that people prefer high end phones with a lower price (like the nexus 5). If the price is notably cheaper like the article says above, LG and SONY might have a problem.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:06 7

7. hateftotti (Posts: 198; Member since: 03 May 2011)

As you said that will be the key point ;)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:23

16. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

Do you plan to get 1? The reason they decided to lower the price is because they see the consumers reaction.. This might not their flagship since they mentioned before to stop using galaxy in their flagship but it still ugly..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:42 2

24. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Read the article again, this has been said way before the announcement, nothing to do with consumer reaction.


posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:45

54. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Nope there was rumors from credible site sammobile who seem to get very accurate info, before the announcement that Samsung plan to do 2 galaxy s5,one with 1080p display and 2gb ram which was going to be cheaper and later on a more expensive one with 2k and 3gb ram and I'm guessing there very own octa core exynos that just got announced.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 00:49

67. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

I hope so ;)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:29 2

36. garyII (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

totally agree, it's definitely a business strategy. Samsung is checking every corner of its to ensure that there aren't any opportunity to let competitors to surpass them.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:39

43. prion (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

This statement actually reminded me of how the Moto X initially failed, because it followed the exact opposite of this business strategy - a mediocre (specs-wise) phone at a very high price tag.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 05:14 2

45. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

so the specs is mediocre because it has 2gb of ram and not 3?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:45 1

58. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

You know, the dual core processor? 720p screen? Relatively smaller screen size compared to the S4/One/G2s of the world. The device runs really well but it can't compete with the specs of the high end devices, and shouldn't have been priced accordingly

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:03

4. Mrmark (Posts: 277; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)

Samsung will make up the price with its services?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:05

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

They have no other choice either.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:06 3

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

The loss of galaxy s5 means loss of android against iphone 6.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:19 7

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

There are still big bros in the Android world, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G3, HTC All New One, Huawei Ascend P7, Google Nexus 6 etc. So, loss of Android against iPhone 6? NO, IMPOSSIBLE. Android is unbeatable, Android makes it possible.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 06:44 2

47. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Dude, you'll be literally hanged for saying something like that on PA

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:53

65. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)

nah bro, Galaxy S line will be competing against Apple's Iphone C line. Galaxy F is the Luxury Phone for geeks/rich kids.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:19 7

12. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Most tech sites gave it good reviews, heck even verge says it feels nice and smooth, funny how people bash it hiding behind the internet, then sneak out and buy it when it comes in-store, SMH!


posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:25 3

17. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

" ...funny how people bash it hiding behind the internet, then sneak out and buy it when it comes in-store..."

How do you know that? Do you work with the NSA or some sneaky spying agency?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:37 5

23. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Chill dude!, S5 will sell bucket loads, more than all other flagships combined, just watch the sales figures over the month, just imagine a layman walking into a phone store and asks for the best, and the sales assistant says; oh! this is the fastest, have a finger print scanner and can check your heart rate too, and yeah its water resistant as well....now tell me which other phone can compete?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:52

26. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

FASTEST? No. FAST? Yes. The S5 isn't the only phone that's fast, the Z2, Z1, G Pro 2, G2 etc. are fast as well. But, if you said the S5 is fastest because of the clock speed of it's processor (2.5GHz), there's a phone that has the same clock speed at 2.5GHz as well, and that's the Gionee Elife E7.

Fingerprint scanner? The HTC One Max, iPhone 5s and even the good ol' Motorola Atrix already have that feature.

Water resistant? What's good to brag about it? The Xperia Z2 is waterproof.

The only feature that other phones don't have and only the S5 have is the heart rate monitor. So, other phones can compete with the S5. The S5 is a good phone though, the only problem with it is the design.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:00 4

28. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Last i heard the Galaxy S5 is IP67-certified. The 6 means it's dust proof, while the 7 means it can be immersed in water (up to 1 meter) for 30 minutes. That's as waterproof as you can get on a smartphone nowadays.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:08 2

30. Bootutu (Posts: 227; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

As if anyone wants to here about Gionee Elife E7, which other phone combines a heart rate monitor, finger print scanner, water and dust resistant, the fastest processor, brilliant 16 MP camera in one package?..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:24 4

34. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

And the customer ask for the price. Surprise! S5 have the best price (not better...).

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 05:20 3

46. SayMobile (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)

did u noticed, you just took a name of a new different smartphone for each new feature. That is the reason why the galaxy S5 is gonna be the best . It has all the featured covered in one single package.. Its the best allrounder all in one smartphone in d market

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:15

56. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

That's one of the reason I have brought Samsung devices in the past, plenty of phones have this and that but Samsung usually have it in 1 package again other devices might have a better camera or better speaker etc but Samsung have imo a very good all round device.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:34 1

20. toink (unregistered)

The only problem with the S5 is the design, other than that its a great phone spec wise.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:20

13. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

I'll still get the Z2. Having said that, I think S5 is still a solid and very capable phone and it's definitely in a high-end flagship class. It would have been a success I think if they didn't hype it too much. A lot of people expected way more than what is actually released.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:21 2

14. Bozzor (Posts: 177; Member since: 02 May 2012)

How Samsung prices this will affect the entire sector to the tune of billions of dollars and determine if others make or indeed lose money. Samsung, as it enjoys both scale and the ability to make most of its own components, has a definite cost advantage compared to other non-Chinese Tier 1 manufacturers. They price high/normal, they will sell a little less than normal but they and everyone enjoys goo margins. But they aggro, consumers smile, they sell a lot...but they make way less money, and everyone else may go into bare break even or even losing money mode. I saw this happen with both digital cameras and HD LCD Tvs... careful how you play this game...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:26

35. Cicero (Posts: 870; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)

My taught!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:27

18. geordie8t1 (unregistered)

I'm still holding out the fact this is considered their lower end phone and they still go ahead and release the rumoured f series, unlikely I know, however since samsung themselves stated in multiple interviews that they were looking at NEW materials, new SoC builds including 64bit along with other tech, I may be a bit surprised that it is taking until the galaxy s6 to put these into play, we all know that the snapdragon 805 is not out yet hense why Samsung put the slightly lower chip in as that's due for early Q2 release, or could this materials actually end up on the note 4 as the first new generation of build materials and more premium design, I was disappointed by the s5 and in all probability I will not buy it unless it is much cheaper as it does not warrant a £600 price tag at launch for basically the same model as last year with few modifications. Here's hoping at least.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:56

27. UglyFrank (Posts: 1656; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

S5 is better in everyway except design.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:03

40. LiyanaBG (Posts: 381; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)

the ram is not enough for the lag of touchwize and its last year specs

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:31 3

19. johnehms09 (Posts: 50; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)

She got a wound on her hand so she needs this band aid

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:36

21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

If they could price it free on contract or at $350 for 16gig that would be brilliant. Otherwise I don't see this phone doing much. Just not interested in this phone.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:44

25. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

oh that lady looks good

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:05 3

29. sammyfan (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

I am really eager to play with this phone!
I am impressed with samsung

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:15 1

31. manus88 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

A 499$ full-retail price would be the only "revolution" they could do, I don't think people with an S4 would buy this S4.1...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:18

32. umerkhan (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

if sammy would go for mysterious "Galaxy F Line" then it would definetely release it in Q3 bcoz Snapdragon 805 is due in Q2 of the current year and their is a high probability of More Premium Line from Sammy bcox somehow it seems that S5 isn't the flagship anymore..And we heard lots of rumors about Design 3.0,Quad HD Display,3 or 4 GB Ram,Metal Chassis all of that can be on board with "More Premium Line" from Sammy..Hope 4 the best and for Now Lets gets bashed with Xperia Z2..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:24

33. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Wow, if price is less than $200 then S5 will surely sell well. Worthy.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 03:50

38. sammyfan (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

It's subsidized price, yet for 2 years on contract you'll get s5 for 200$, else the price should be b/w 500 to 600$

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:30

41. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

All points to Samsung saving it's mojo for the all new premium line-up:

No Times Square, not stand-alone Unpacked show, no artists and Michael Bey
No 64-bit SoC, 4GB RAM, QHD screen, new form factor, metal body,32GB-128GB range
Relatively safe spec sheet, i's like an S4 Neo
No TouchWiz rework as seen on screenshot leaks
S5 to be underpriced

As I said before, Samsung is betting everything on the June launch, and they should, and it will coincide with the iPhab launch, so both companies will unveil something entirely new come Summer. I think it makes sense, ppl. so well aware of the Galaxies that a true fresh start could do them great.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 05:02 1

44. MarkArigayo (Posts: 240; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

Hey, there. Calm down!
I'm on behalf on Samsung for Southeast Asia region hereby state that we don't need your comments. All we need is your money cause we know that most consumers out there are stupid, lying their hearts and minds at "Samsung brand", not quality. Lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:03

49. darkkjedii (Posts: 21353; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

They'd better price it lower, if they wanna move tons of em. A lotta people are out off by it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:24

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 08:25 1

57. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

It's the same every year, even last year after s4 there was so much backlash because apparently the change wasn't big enough and again with the s5. Us techies we moan about everything from screen too big, or bezel too big (I'm one of them lol) or its only 8mp camera lol but the mass market will still buy it. I just think people like having a iPhone or galaxy as brand whether it's the best or not phone out there they like the idea of owning it. The fact that even though they may not be the highest spec devices it doesn't matter because phones have become so fast that one phone being higher spec then the other isn't something the average person will notice in actual usage or even care. I really think the s5 will sell well, s5 not the 1st phone to sell a water and dust Resistance phone but they will market that feature that people will want it, same for the finger sensor and heart rate. Another thing is its Samsung what I mean by that is because samsung make every thing if someone has a samsung TV they might buy a samsung phone because hey they already have a Samsung tv. Samsung are everywhere that it's almost like subliminal messaging you know I have samsung this so I might as well buy a Samsung that lol.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:05

59. TisaTsir (Posts: 70; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

SAMSUNG Galaxy S5 is over priced. here in Germany it's €699...

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