Samsung Galaxy S5 will be priced in India between Rs. 51,000 and Rs. 53,000, the company has confirmed. Samsung, however, has not revealed the exact pricing of its new flagship smartphone, but confirmed it will be available starting April 11, in like with the earlier announcement.
Samsung, however, has confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be priced between Rs. 51,000 and Rs. 53,000, which will come as a dissapointment to those hoping for a lower price tag. The Samsung Galaxy S5 will also be made available for pre-orders from March 29. The company also launched three wearable devices in India, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit.
Notably, the company has launched the Exynos-powered octa-core version of the Galaxy S5 in India, revealing the variant for the first time. Samsung had showcased only a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-powered version at MWC 2014, amidst much fanfare.
The octa-core Exynos chipset used in the India-variant Galaxy S5 is being specified as the Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 by Samsung. Notably, Samsung has also confirmed the octa-core variant in India will only offer 3G connectivity, and no 4G like the Snapdragon 801-powered smartphone. The company said it may launch the 4G-variant once networks mature in India.
The biggest new features being touted on the Galaxy S5 by Samsung include a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera, and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant.
The smartphone also features a new design in terms of the back panel now being perforated, and available with four colours (Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold) at launch, along with optional designer back panels. Furthermore, the handset will be compatible with Samsung Gear Fit, which is the firm's first curved, Super AMOLED health-focused wristband.
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For those unaware, the Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080x1920 pixel full-HD resolution. It comes with 2GB of RAM and will be available in 16GB inbuilt storage model only, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB.
The Galaxy S5 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with HDR (for video as well), and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera can record UHD video @30 fps along with HDR and video stabilization functionality.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO functionality, ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0, NFC, and Infrared remote functionality. It features a 2800mAh battery, rated to deliver 21 hours of talktime, and 390 hours of standby time. The smartphone weighs in at 145 grams (slightly heavier than the Galaxy S4), and has dimensions of 142x72.5x8.1mm (slightly thicker than the S4's 7.9mm).
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Some of the pre-loaded Google service available in the handset are Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search and YouTube.