Notably, the company launched the Exynos-powered octa-core version of the Galaxy S5 in India, while Samsung showcased only the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-powered version at MWC 2014, amidst much fanfare.
Interestingly, reports have claimed the Exynos-powered variant beats the Snapdragon variant in some benchmarks.
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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. In addition, Samsung had also confirmed that the octa-core variant in India would only offer 3G connectivity, and no 4G like the Snapdragon 801-powered smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080x1920 pixel full-HD resolution. It is powered by an unnamed 2.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB.
The phone received a software update days before it went on sale.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 bears 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 stabilisation functionality.
Earlier, Samsung's three new wearable devices - the Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo - were made officially available in India via the company's online store.