The recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy S5 handset has now been listed at two online retailers in Europe, with pricing, giving us a rough indication of how much the South Korean giant's latest flagship smartphone will cost when it hits other markets, including India.
The Galaxy S5 is listed for pre-order on Clove UK, and for registration for notification on Amazon Spain. The Clove UK price for the Galaxy S5 is GBP 550 (approximately Rs. 56,900), though the retailer has specified the price could change by launch. This is the price for the 16GB variant, and available in White, Blue, Black and Golden.
On Amazon Spain, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been given a price tag of EUR 729 (Rs. 62,200 approximately), however, users will only be able to register for further notification, and not place an order yet. The price given is for the 16GB built-in storage variant, and available in all four-colour variants.
According to previous reports, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will arrive at a price tag cheaper than its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S4, at launch. According to a Korean publication, it has been claimed that Samsung is also considering pricing its latest 2014 flagship lower than the competition, such as the Sony Xperia Z2.
Notably, the Xperia Z2 was on Monday listed for pre-order in several European nations, on official country-specific Sony pages. For the Xperia Z2, prices were lowest in Germany, where Sony had listed it at EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 51,000).
We'd first heard of the rumoured lower pricing of the Galaxy S5 in a report earlier in February that suggested 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 has been recommended by wireless carriers. However, the reports did not indicate what the actual pricing of the Galaxy S5 will be for any market.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched on 24 February at MWC 2014. 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 and 32GB inbuilt storage models, 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.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, 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.