Samsung today announced the Galaxy S5 in India and said it will be priced upwards of Rs 51,000. The company has not decided the exact price yet, but says it will be priced between Rs 51,000 and Rs 53,000 when it launches in India on April 11. Samsung representatives said that the price has been impacted by the value of the US Dollar and maintained that it is not a big deal considering people are now used to buying high-end smartphones upwards of Rs 50,000, hinting at the iPhone 5S that was launched at Rs 53,500 for the 16GB variant. However, the Galaxy S5 pricing could be a big mistake.
While the Galaxy S5 does add new features including a 16-megapixel camera, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and water resistance, it does not give any compelling must-have features that the Galaxy S4 does not provide. It is a case where the Galaxy S4 is a good enough phone with its 5-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM. Had Samsung decided to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset and provided 4G LTE support for India, it would have been an incentive for someone to go for the Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently available for less than Rs 29,000 on most online retail stores, which is a significant price difference of at least Rs 22,000. And for that extra money, users won’t even get a future proof device as the Galaxy S5 does not support upcoming Indian 4G LTE networks.
At its proposed price, the Galaxy S5 is just for those who want the latest smartphone that’s available in the market. Smart buyers would be content with the Galaxy S4 and can probably even buy the Galaxy Gear 2 with the money they saved.