Samsung Galaxy S5 will not support 4G LTE in India. Samsung has decided to use its own Exynos chipset rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset that supports the version of LTE used in India. The company believes that the 4G LTE market is in a nascent stage in India and it is not an important consideration when people buy high-end smartphones. However, it remains to be open about the idea and says it could launch the 4G variant when compatible networks are available. Samsung will launch the Galaxy S5 in India for upwards of Rs 51,000 on April 11. Also Read - Best smartphones under Rs 20,000 with AMOLED display October 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Realme X7 5G, moreAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Galaxy Buds 2 Maison Kitsuné Edition launched: Here’s the first look
At the moment, only Airtel offers 4G LTE on smartphones and that too in Bangalore only. Currently, only Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and LG G2 LTE version support the network. HTC has announced its One (M8) smartphone sold in India would support Airtel’s 4G LTE network. The HTC One (M8) runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset, which is the same as the global version of the Galaxy S5. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Bespoke Edition in-pics: This is the most customisable Galaxy device you can get
While 4G LTE might not be an important requirement for Indian buyers currently, it will become one as soon as Reliance Jio Infocomm launches its 4G network later this year. Considering Samsung has priced the Galaxy S5 above Rs 50,000 in India, the absence of 4G LTE is a big miss. It is not possible to turn on 4G LTE on the Exynos version of the Galaxy S5 with a software update, since it does not support the network. So users spending Rs 50,000 on the Galaxy S5 could suddenly find their smartphones outdated a few month from now.