Why we think Samsung Galaxy S5 is way overpriced: An overview

Samsung has just launched the Galaxy S5 in India and it has stated that the smartphone will be launched between a price of Rs 51,000-53,000 and that has made us believe that the device is overpriced beyond expectations. The device should have been pegged around Rs 45,000 which would have made a lot more sense but at this price point, buying a Galaxy S5 just does not make any sense whatsoever.


The smartphone’s version which we’ll be getting is the octa core variant which eventhough a pretty capable performer is still no match for the Snapdragon 801 unit which is present in the global variant. It has a 5.1 inch full HD screen and the same can be found in devices from reputed manufacturers around the Rs 40,000 mark and way below it as well (Nexus 5 prices begin at Rs 28,999).


Sony Xperia Z1 which costs about Rs 37,000 comes across as a way better device as it does everything the Galaxy S5 does and even betters it in some regards (the camera, processor and build quality). HTC One which is about to launch as well in India is expected to launch at a price of around Rs 45,000 and its dual camera alongside the top-notch quality are going to be the talk of the town once it gets launched.


Samsung is trying to establish itself as a premium manufacturer (read as at par with Apple, seeing the fact that iPhone 5S was launched at Rs 51,500). Samsung has loaded the device with features and a slew of health related features as well alongside support for Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit but on a serious note, will you people actually go in for these gadgets? No, right. The common consumers won’t be going in for the smartwatches and fitness band.

The plastic build quality, a camera unit which is nothing out of the ordinary and a processor that isn’t top notch either hold you back from spending Rs 51,000 on the device. Yes it is a good device. Yes Samsung has done everything to make the device a flagship one (IR Blaster, Fingerprint scanner and the likes) but has gone wrong with the pricing. Devices like Nexus 5, HTC One M8, Xperia Z1 and upcoming Xperia Z2 look like way better prospects in front of the Galaxy S5. And to make things slightly worse, it does not support 4G LTE too.

Do let us know as to what you think about the pricing of the S5 and if it makes sense for you

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  • StraightEdgeNexus May 13, 2014 5:43 am

    Camera is nothing out of ordinary? It is the best android camera phone. I agree its overpriced considering the inferior exynos chipset and plastic build, but its display and camera leave the iphone 5s in dust. Also android>>>ios

  • Rama April 11, 2014 1:55 pm

    *Do u even know what kind of conversation was going on between me and Abhay.We never compared Samsung and Xiaomi in terms of sales.

    *Rather what was being compared was which company made a better value for money product.The Oppo Find 7 is definitely a better value for money product than the S5.

    *The Oppo Find 7 comes with super-fast charging capabilities which can charge the device from 0 to 75% in just 30 minutes.Does ur S5 have that?.

    *The Oppo find 7 can create a 50MP image with the help of software processing does ur S5 have that?.

    *The Oppo Find 7 has the amazingly beautiful skyline notification.Does ur S5 have that?.

    *The Oppo Find 7 has LTE support FOR INDIA.Does your S5 have that?.

    *Best of all the Find 7 is available for a price cheaper than the S5.

    *The Oppo find 7 has a QHD display compared to S5 FHD display

    *The Oppo Find 7 has a QSD 801 display whereas S5 has a Exynos processor and last years S4 is enough proof as how sucky exynos is.

    *So the Oppo Find 7 definitely forms a better value for money propotion than the S5 and thats exactly what me and abhay were talking about.

    *If you have anything called eyes then read our comments again and u wud find that no where have I or abhay mentioned about sales numbers.

    *Take my advice and dont just jump into conversations between two people like a fool and make completely irrelevant statements

    *Oh and BTW if its sales ur talking about then let me remind u that Xiaomi has achieved a 150% y-o-y growth rate.Has ur Samsung achieved that

    *Xiaomi sells off its entire stock within seconds.

    *Yes Xiaomi and Oppo are relatively unknown and thats because they dont spend tons of marketing money like Samsung and create a fake brand image for themselves.

    *You might not do any kind of serious analysis befor making comments but I do and dont jump in between conversations like an idiot if u have no idea about what being told in the conversation.

    • Rama April 11, 2014 3:13 pm

      ^ @issac

  • Ganesh Srinivasan March 29, 2014 2:43 pm

    I read elsewhere that Samsung is launching Galaxy S3 NEO at Rs 25,000 price point. What a retro step

    In my view Sony has earned a place for good quality Android phones and Samsung’s lead is getting eroded by Micromax and the like

  • Rakesh Gupta March 28, 2014 10:52 pm

    I am a Samsung mobile user since 2009. I am not very happy with Galaxy note2, my present handset. The quality of material, software bugs and equally bad service support will soon bring them down in the race of smartphones. No comparison with Apple!!

  • Vipin Vijay March 28, 2014 9:20 pm

    This is one of the most terrible decision made by #SamsungIndia. What were they thinking? Why are the showing double standards towards indian customers? 4G LTE is the next big thing in the communication sector, and their in house developed Exynos processors are not capable of even running that! They release exynos variants of their flagships to make oodles of profit out of it, as they are developed by samsung and need not share their profit margins with qualcomm. The reason y they are doing this is because we indians are not selective and just looks into branding. They know it well. Whatever crap they release in market we go and buy them. If the same was done in china, i bet that not even a single piece of this crap would ever sell. Thats y they always release special editions for china including the dual sim vaiants of flagships like the note 3 with snap dragon processors in china…. I would never buy a samsung until they stop this double standards..

    • Darshan March 28, 2014 9:58 pm

      I was so curious abt samsung phone with 4G,all my wishes went vane…even when I took s4 I waa in a belief that it supports 4g but afterwards I got to know it didnot support 4G,also samsung care leaving metro cities the other cares are horrible,what happened ia suddenly 1 day my wifi & bluetooth stopped working I went to samsung care,Sangli,Maharashtra aa usual they said we will do software reinstallation they took a day for it 2nd day they said that the motherboard is faulty so they need to replace it I saix ok do it,but even after 8days they didnot received my motherboard a.d me my device next day I said them to give my device back bcuz I was agin to go mumbai,when I gave the same device in samsung care in dadar service center they identified in a minute that my cellphone motherboard was gone,i didnot say them the history thentoo,and in a hour I got a call from them that the motherboard is replaced and phone is ready..This was the service I expected…

  • Suvham March 28, 2014 12:38 pm

    At 53K, this is priced insanely. Samsung thinks it’s positioned itself as a premium brand. This flagship has the same uninspiring design simliar to most Galaxy phones and on top of that, it doesn’t even look like a phone worth this much money. The Indian variant has Exynos processor and as far as history of Exynos processors are concerned, these processors drains battery pretty quickly and heat the phone up and this Exynos processor is nowhere near the raw performance of Snapdragon 801. What’s worse is that, it doesn’t even offer support for 2300 LTE TDD band which is used for the deployment of 4G in India and within a year or two, 4G will be there in India. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung go down in India.

    • Rama March 28, 2014 1:59 pm

      *I agree with most of your points bro,Samsung Galaxy S5 sucks big time and even the exynos processor is not good;many people have said so using the last year’s S4.

      *But one thing I cannot agree with is the downfall of Samsung.I have been tracking market stats on an international as well as Indian basis and Samsung is gaining market share at very high rate.Over here in India they are on the verge of gaining 40% market share and even on an international basis Samsung has a 30% market share.

      *I agree that Samsung does not make good smartphones but as I have said making a good smartphone is one thing and selling a smartphone in good quantity is another thing.Although Samsung has not been able to make exceptional smartphones they have been able to sell smartphones really well.

      *I smell a LG like stratergy over here.Samsung is well known to release several iterations of a paticular smartphone.last year the S4 had somewhere around 8-12 iterations like S4 zoom,mini,lte advanced,international,asian,american etc.So I wouldnt really be suprised if after a year or so Samsung released a LTE specific S5 model in India.

      *Apart from that as far as I have read even Rjio has been in negotiations with Samsung for launching budget LTE devices.

      *If Rjio really ends up releasing budget LTE devices made by Samsung then Samsung would be at the forefront of LTE and not at back of it.

  • hrishi March 28, 2014 11:43 am

    People would rather buy iPhone 5S at this price point.

  • manni March 28, 2014 10:33 am

    When idea launch 3G in Punjab ???

  • Sidhu Singh March 28, 2014 9:55 am

    Price should be around 35k
    Apple is premium device not Samsung.

  • shuvi March 28, 2014 9:26 am

    no 4g band lol….. hahaha….
    samsung users are
    xpecting 1000 gb ram 100 ghz
    processorz and inva tubular battry
    with one month backup..

  • sukhdeep March 28, 2014 8:56 am

    Dont worry. Prices will be reduced. History is the proof.

  • Sayantan March 28, 2014 8:51 am

    Samsung r strange kind of company they cut the price of deir flagship device after few months.
    I dont understand if dey can cut price after few months later wy cant dey release d phones on d same price only.

  • Rama March 28, 2014 8:43 am

    *I personally think that its not about price but whats being provided for the price.

    *The Samsung Galaxy S5 might have been launched at 51k but I am pretty sure that within a few weeks Samsung may offcially drop the price to 45k but even at 45k the smartphone is not worth buying and here is why.

    *First of all no LTE support-Smartphones like Iphone 5S come with LTE support for the Indian band guaranteed.Even the HTC One 2014 has hardware support for LTE.Both NDTV Gadgets and BGR India have confirmed that HTC One 2014 will have LTE support hardware wise for India.However a software update will be rolled out later for HTC One 2014 in order to use LTE.The Samsung Galaxy S5 in question over here does not have hardware support for LTE.After spending 45-50k on a smartphone the user definitely wants it to be future proof in temrs of connectivity.

    *Build Quality-
    In this department the HTC One 2014 is definitely the best smartphone.The HTC 2014 has looks to die for and in public some people will definitely take note of it.The iphone 5S is also a beauty and can represent looks in a compact form.

    What does the Samsung Galaxy S5 has to offer

    *Heart rate monitor-Now most high end smartphones come with excellent camera and flash.I dont know about Android but in case of ios there is a app called instant heart rate monitor which uses the camera and flash of iphone and delivers accurate results.Even in case of android also there may be such apps.

    *Finger print scanner.Nothing New!.The iphone 5S had an excellent finger print scanner from the very beginning.Infact some of the people who reviewed the 5S had said that the finger print scanner worked without a glitch even when they were using their toe.The Samsung’s finger print scanner is O.K but does not stack up against the 5S.There are certain issues with the finger print scanner on S5.First of all the the hands must some kind of adequate moisture level for it to work properly.Apart from that the finger must be slided slowly for the scanner to work,

    *long battery time-
    Same has been achieved on HTC One 2014 also.

    *16 MP isocell camera-
    As far as details and clarity is concerned the Iphone 5S is no slow coach and the 5S definitely has one of the best cameras.Apart from that if new technology is concerned then the All New HTC One is also a phone to consider.

    *All in all their is nothing unique or a must buy factor about the S5.

    *The iphone 5S atleast has LTE and the unique as well as premium ios experience

    *The HTC One on the other hand has a superb and the best design.Apart from the camera all the other aspects of HTC One 2014 are near perfection.

    *Despite all this the S5 will sell more than One because of Samsungs heavy marketing budget and well as distibution.

    • Abhay March 28, 2014 11:16 am

      Dont forget to Add Oppo Find 7, which can take pics at 50MP resolution ( takes 10 pics and make a 50 MP pic….) with highest PPI ~534 !!!4K video recording and much more!!
      Cynogen mod always provides faster software update..Downside, comes with 4.3 out of box…

      • Rama March 28, 2014 1:00 pm

        *Lol!,bro;if Samsung has not been able to compete with these branded manufacturers like Apple and HTC then how will Samsung compete with first class chinese companies like Xiaomi and Oppo.

        *I know to some people first class and Chinese might sound strange but Xiaomi and Oppo have been making some world class products for quiet some time now.

        *Xiaomi especially has won world-wide appreciation.Big techies such as Steve Wozniak(co-founder of Apple);Huggo Barra(VP at Google but currently at Xiaomi) and even several U.S/U.K tech authors have appreciated Xiaomi and Oppo.

        *Its just that Xiaomi and Oppo serve their mother land i.e China more than other countries and dont have or dont invest in the kind of marketing budget to create a fake brand image like Samsung does..

        *The Oppo Find 7 is one heck of a smartphone.I have already mentioned about that on TT and had also asked someone to make a post on it but no one seemed to care.

        • Abhay March 28, 2014 1:43 pm

          =1….. Oppo find 7 launch invitation was more innovative than WHOLE SGS5


        • Isaac April 11, 2014 12:50 pm

          “Samsung has not been able to compete with these branded manufacturers like Apple and HTC then how will Samsung compete with first class chinese companies like Xiaomi and Oppo.”

          Lol…Joke of the year!
          Samsung is selling bucketloads of phones compared to HTC, which is almost bankrupt. HTC did not even sell as many HTC One M7′s as the Galaxy S4 last year.

          Samsung is the only Android manufacturer which is giving tough competition to Apple. Sony, LG and HTC are nowhere close!

          Xiaomi and Oppo are relatively unknown in other parts of the world except China and they cannot give competition to Samsung in terms of sales at all.

  • Tomas March 28, 2014 7:09 am

    Samsung will learn its own lesson very soon.why would people buy plastic with 50k.when there are lot of money involved then it should be called an asset not s5.every asset must hold value for money not plastic