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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62 Comments

1. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

The reason is simple: failed phone!!!

3. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

52. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

55. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

22. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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

39. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

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

42. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

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

48. Drachell

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

You do. In example Xperia Z and Z1.

61. force44

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

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

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).

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.

50. drazwy

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Galaxy S5s ultra pro Z One

53. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

keep dreaming, son

2. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

7. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

As you said that will be the key point ;)

16. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 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..

24. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Read the article again, this has been said way before the announcement, nothing to do with consumer reaction. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Bloomberg-Galaxy-S5-might-be-priced-lower-than-usual-coming-with-sharper-5.2-display-and-a-larger-battery_id52767

54. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

67. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I hope so ;)

36. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

43. prion

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

45. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

58. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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

4. Mrmark

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Samsung will make up the price with its services?

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

They have no other choice either.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

47. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

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.

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