Samsung Galaxy S5 has been announced in India, and the phone will be available starting April 11. Interested customers can go ahead and pre-order starting March 29th by paying Rs.1500 to get the phone on the day of the release. The exact pricing has not been revealed yet, but Samsung says that the price will be between Rs.51000 and Rs.53000. But reliable sources peg the price to be around Rs.51,500.


As for the specifications, the Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch Full HD AMOLED display and is powered by an Exynos octa-core processor (1.9GHz quad core + 1.3GHz quad core) and paired with 2GB of RAM. Internationally, it comes with 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor (with LTE support). Other features include, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 2800 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. Also, taking cues from Sony, Samsung has made the device water+dust resistant (IP 67 certified) and also includes a fingerprint scanner like the iPhone 5S, and a heart rate monitor as well.

Though Samsung was able to sell the Galaxy S4 in millions, the overall sales were little dampening considering the previous record sales. Samsung will be hoping the Galaxy S5 can take on other Android flagships like the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z2 in a quest to capture the elite market-share at the start of the year.

The company is bundling a bunch of apps worth $575 for free. The global sales will also start on April 11th. Samsung India mentioned that they plan to release the 4G LTE version (with Snapdragon 801) later in the year if they see a demand for the same.

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It’s sad that Samsung chooses their own Exynos processor for their flagship device launched in India. The Snapdrgon variant is definitely better and a proven processor. Also, it supports the Indian LTE (TD-LTE 40), unlike the Exynos. The pricing too is definitely on a higher side, but Samsung plans to provide attractive finance options and buyback schemes to keep customers interested.
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