At the announcement however, the South Korean manufacturer did not reveal the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Earlier on Friday, Samsung announced that its Galaxy S5 smartphone, accompanied by the Gear 2 and Gear Fit wearables, will be globally previewed (hands-on demo) and will also go up for pre-order in more than 61 countries starting Friday (21 March 2014).
Now, mobile carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile have revealed the pre-order pricing of the Galaxy S5 and this gives us a rough indication of how much the South Korean giant's latest flagship smartphone might cost when it hits other markets, including India.
AT&T has announced that the Galaxy S5 will be available at $25 per month on an 18 month contract; $32.50 per month on a 12 month contact, or $199.99 on a two-year contract. The mobile carrier has revealed that the Galaxy S5 will be also available at $649.99 (Rs. 39,750 approximately) upfront without any contract. The pre-order for the Galaxy S5 will start in the US via AT&T beginning Friday (21 March 2014). However, the mobile carrier notes that the device will be shipped by early April.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, has revealed that it will start taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S5 from 24 March 2014 and it will be available at $27.50 per month for a two year contract, with zero down payment. The mobile carrier however, has not announced any off-contract pricing for the 2014 Samsung flagship.
Earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was spotted listed at two online retailers in Europe with pricing. The Galaxy S5 was listed for pre-order at GBP 550 (approximately Rs. 56,900) on Clove UK for the 16GB variant, and was available in White, Blue, Black and Golden. However, Clove UK has now removed the pricing of the smartphone and shows 'notify' me option for interested Galaxy S5 consumers.
While on Amazon Spain, the Samsung Galaxy S5 was earlier seen with a price tag of EUR 729 (Rs. 62,200 approximately), however, currently the price tag has been dropped. The Galaxy S5 is listed at Amazon Spain at EUR 689, which is roughly Rs. 58,000. Notably, the price given is for the 16GB built-in storage variant, and available in all four colour variants.
We have been hearing the rumoured lower pricing of the Galaxy S5 since February, which claimed that Samsung would price its latest smartphone lower than the previous Galaxy S flagships. As per the report, the lower pricing suggestion for the Galaxy S5 had been recommended by wireless carriers.
Another report on Thursday suggested that the Galaxy S5 would be cheaper than the Galaxy S4 at launch. The report claimed that the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4's launch price difference is roughly $83.
It's yet to be seen whether the South Korean giant price its Galaxy S5 reasonably or continues its high flagship pricing tradition.