Galaxy S5 goes on sale in South Korea against Samsung's will, India gets octa-core chipset
The particular situation with SouthKorean carriers and their government-imposed inability to sell theSamsung Galaxy S5 after it launches on April 11 has reached asurprising conclusion. Although Samsung's co-CEO, JK Shin, confirmedthat the telecoms' request to launch thephone early was denied, it seems SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+ went ahead and putthe S5 on sale anyway.
Surprised? You are in the same boatwith Samsung - in its statement, the company said that it's "verypuzzled" by the carriers' high-handed move. It "expressedregret" at their decision and is now "working to verify allthe facts". Samsung also confirmed that the global launch schedulewill remain unchanged, and the Galaxy S5 will officially debut inApril.
Meanwhile, the GS5 is nowavailable for $808 unlocked in South Korea. It's likely that the carriers will havea small amount of phones to sell, as Samsung has provided them with a“limited number” of units for promotional purposes. Either way, the most anxious fans of Sammy flagship over there are probably happy with the early release.
In other Galaxy S5 related news,Samsung India's website listed the Galaxy S5 with an octa-core AdonisPrime 2 CPU, instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 chip. The AdonisCPU is an octa-core Exynos 5420, which features four cores clocked at1.9GHz and four clocked at 1.3GHz. We wonder whether Sammy's siliconis capable of the same camera tricks that come bundled withQualcomm's image processing chip.