The Galaxy S 5 is on its way, and in just a matter of weeks, on April 11, the Android smartphone will go up for sale around the globe. If you’re gearing up to snag one of those GS5 handsets on day one, what might you end up paying? While Samsung hasn’t officially revealed any pricing, there’s already some talk that the GS5 could end up being notably less expensive than the GS4 was at the time of its own launch.
A story out of South Korea reports that Samsung intends to price the GS5 there about $100-$140 lower than the GS4 first sold for. Specifically, it points to hardware decisions like sticking with a 1080p screen and just 2GB of RAM as deliberate cost-cutting measures.
But even it that’s true, would those savings translate into other markets? We’re not sure. For one thing, South Korean pricing for these phones is generally quite high to begin with, and even $100 savings there might translate into a much smaller figure in nations abroad.
Then there are the contests. A number of US carriers (as well as Samsung itself) are running GS5 giveaways, and as part of their official rules, they all need to disclose what the prizes are worth. The numbers they provide run the gamut from $610 to $700, and that really doesn’t sound any different from how the GS4 launched.
Does that mean that the South Korean theory is busted? Or could the GS5 actually be more affordable than those contests make it out to be? We can’t say just yet, but one thing is certain: cheaper phones sell great, so the lower Samsung can price the GS5, the better it might sell.