Though Samsung will release their new flagship smartphone Galaxy S5 only next month (April), an Indian online retailer has listed the new device, apparently revealing the price.
Spice Group-owned online store Saholic has put up the Samsung Galaxy S5 (16GB) for sale with a price tag of ₹45,500 (around $735), almost ₹10,000-₹15,000 lesser than the price set by some European retailers.
The website also goes to claim that the Galaxy S5 will be delivered by 8 March, which is impossible, considering Samsung's comments that the new device will only hit the stores in 150 countries (India is also expected) on 11 April.
However, on pressing the 'Buy Now' button, a small window pops out with a message "This item is out of stock", and asks for the email-id of the customer to get updates on the availability of the device.
The low pricing of Galaxy S5 by the Indian e-retailer has breathed new life to rumours of Samsung going soft on the pricing of the device, owing to stalling growth of premium phones' sales even in developed countries, and also due to the competition from cheap Chinese handsets, as reported by Bloomberg in February.
A sub-₹46,000 price-tag for Samsung Galaxy S5 seem apt for a price-sensitive market like India and it will help Samsung to compete with rivals like LG, who recently launched their new flagship model G2 LTE for ₹46,000.
The Galaxy S5 price revelation by Saholic has created frenzy on the internet but it is too soon to say if the Samsung device will have the same price tag, when it goes on sale next month, as online retailers are known to change prices at will to gain attention.
So till Samsung comes to the media and clears the air, things will remain as pure speculation only.
[Also read: Samsung Galaxy S5 Price Revealed for Europe Market; Predecessor Galaxy S4 Price Slashed in India]
Price details of Samsung Galaxy S5 revealed in select European markets few days ago:
|Online Vendor||Samsung Galaxy S5 price|
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S5:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy S5|
|Display||5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD (1920x1080p) resolution having pixel density of 440 plus ppi (pixels per inch)|
|OS||Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS|
|Processor||2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 series quad-core CPU(chipset: MSM8974AC)
Second variant: Exynos 5422 chipset (with 2.1 GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 and 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7)
|RAM||993MHz 2GB DDR3|
|Storage capacity||16GB/32GB , expandable via micro SD card|
|Camera||Main: 16.0-megapixel camera with HDR, fast (0.3-second) auto-focus, 4K video recording Front: 2.1-megapixel camera with full HD video recording|
|Battery||2800 mAh battery with Ultra Power Saving ModeTalk time: up to 21 hours
Standby mode: 390 hours
|Network||LTE Cat.4 (150/50Mbps)|
|Connectivity||Fifth generation Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO (2x2)), Bluetooth v4.0 BLE/ANT+, NFC, IR Remote|
|Add-ons||Water-proof and dust-resistant IP67 certification, finger print based biometric technology, built-in heart-rate monitor, Kids mode, Private mode, Download booster, S Health v3.0,|
|Dimensions||142.5 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm|