Samsung Sees Underwhelming Sales of the Galaxy S5 in India Drops Price to Rs. 50,500

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Samsung Sees Underwhelming Sales of the Galaxy S5 in India Drops Price to Rs. 50,500

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Update : The Price appears to have further dropped to Rs. 49,000 as of April 14th 2014, just 3 days post launch.

Yesterday Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 into the Indian market on retail sale for a price of Rs. 51500. After seeing more than disappointing sales, the execs at the Korean company’s India office have authorized distributers and dealers to offer discounts and deals to users. 

One of the south Delhi distributors said that Samsung issued notices last night to their chain ; asking them to be a lot more aggressive in selling the Galaxy S5. 

Samsung has usually seen excellent response from the Indian market for their smartphones, however this time around the company may have hit up on its worst nightmare. 

According to people, the biggest reason for the general disappointment with the flagship device, is that Samsung has launched the Galaxy S5 with the Exynos chipset and not the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 in India. 

Samsung has been following this policy in the Indian market since the time of the Galaxy S2, after initial sales of the dual core Galaxy S2 a special India edition was launched which actually had a single core processor vs the Dual Core offered in the Global variant at the time. The performance of the Galaxy S5 handsets on these separate chipsets differ in many ways. The Exynos based version also lacks several features including LTE but now includes 4k Video capture, which was missing from the Indian version of the Galaxy Note 3. 

While the price has been fluctuating since last night, the Galaxy S5 is available from a price bracket of Rs. 50,000 – 51,000 depending on the mood of the seller. If you were considering buying this phone, we expect huge drops in price in the coming weeks so holding out may actually not be such a bad idea. 

Do you think that Samsung should further reduce the price of the Galaxy S5? Or feel that they should launch the Snapdragon 801 variant ? Let us know below or tweet us @iGyaan and include @SamsungMobileIn ! We will ensure that Samsung gets the message.

Our review of the Galaxy S5 will be up shorty ! Stay Tuned.


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  • popup1234
    April 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Just don’t buy samsung products.

    If I were you, I will buy Micromax products for future of India.

    Samsung has been ruled by Mr. Lee Keun Hee and his family for several decades, and the substantial amount of profits out of samsung business has gone to Mr. Lee Keun Hee’s family illegally. The amount is known to be more than 20 billion dollars so far.

    Such disgusting story was revealed by Mr. Lee Keun Hee’s elderly brother, who sued Lee Keun Hee for collecting a huge amount of secret fund from samsung’s profits.
    Even though government officials knows that Mr. Lee Keun Hee’s family have collected slush funds out of samsung profits, they are currently closing their eyes intentionally, because many of government officials have received bribery from samsung.

    In Korea, Mr. LEE Keun Hee, the current CEO of samsung, and Mr. Lee Jae Yong, the CEO’s son, are considered as the king and prince of south korea.
    People ridicules the president of korea as button man of LEE Keun Hee.
    Now, Mr. Lee Keun Hee is illegally handing down samsung to his son even though they don’t hold enough stocks to take the position.

    Another serious problem is that samsung does whatever it takes to manipulate public opinions with their black money.

    It is widely known that samsung has a huge number of employees whose main jobs are to surf around internet, and leave negative comments on competitiors’ products, while flattering their own products.

    They never hesistate to offer black money to medias and bloggers if needed.

    Some of them were actually caught in England and Taiwan by honest bloggers.

    Some bloggers in England and Taiwan who originally left critical remarks on samsung’s products on their own blogs were offered some black money from samsung under the condition of closing down their blogs. Yes, they refused to take the black offer.

    That is just the tip of an iceberg.
    In China, samsung is known to spend substantial amount of money bribing local polititians for the unlimited access to market and resources.

    Some intellectuals in Korea say that Korean society exists only for Mr. Lee Keun Hee and his family.

    There are tons of disgusting stories on samsung.

    Some years ago, two young workers in samsung facilities died with leukemia due to constant exposure to harmful chemicals. However, samsung disposed such chemicals right after incidents and prentended that they did nothing wrong while governments close their eyes. The names of two victims are Hwang Yoomi and Lee Sookyoung. Their families have fought againt samsung for a long time, but couldn’t win the battle because courts and polices were on the samsung’s side.
    If you browse Korean media, you will realize that the problem is more serious than you think. Most of korean medias, which have been bribed for a long time by samsung, endlessly publish negative articles on European and American companies, while samsung is depicted as a total virtue.
    Google, Apple, Qualcomm, etc are main targets of criticism in Korea these days..

    More seriously, samsung has a largest number of corporate spies in the world.
    You may know that most of Japanes core technolgies such as LCD and Memory had been stolen by samsung spies and bribery. Many Japanes people publicly blame samsung as a giant thief. The current difficulties faced by Japanes IT companies are mostly associated with samsung’s unethical act of theft.

    Samsung’s current crime target is known to be Apple and Qualcomm. The current vice president of mobile division in samsung is Mr. Kang In Yeop, a former Qualcomm employee as a Korean American. He is known to visit Sandiego, where Qualcomm main research labs are located, once every two weeks to discuss how to copy and steal Qualcomm’s technolgoy. Do you think I make up the story? Then, check out the records of Mr. Kang from immigration bureau.

    Mr. LEE and his son believe that they can dominate the world with their black money as the same way they did in Korea.

  • vsg12777
    April 23, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    The white version of the Galaxy S5 seems to have low demand, and hence the price drop to about 46.5k on Flipkart. The black version is still at 50.5k. Anyhow, as someone else wrote, the HTC One M8 is a superb piece of equipment. No double standards. Same hardware specs worldwide. Except maybe for the camera on the M8 which isn’t as good as the Samsung, the rest of the phone seems to be way better than the S5.

    It is being launched at a lower price than the S5 as well.

    And yes, the Note 3 now seems to be a better device than the S5 in most aspects including price! So if people are ok with the larger phablet size, the Note 3 makes far more sense and superb value for money compared to the heavily overpriced S5.

  • vsg12777
    April 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I sort of expected this actually. 2k to 2.5k is nothing for such an overpriced phone from Samsung. I own and use a Galaxy Note 2 since last April, and I am very happy with it. Note 3 is also way overpriced in my opinion.

    And, with brands like HTC and LG offering the latest 4G Snapdragon 800 and 801 chipsets with Adreno 330 GPU, I fail to understand why a brand like Samsung would offer the Exynos version of the same phones here in India.

    They seem to be taking Indian customers for a ride. I seriously hope this message gets to them in some form. The same Galaxy S5 costs about INR 40k in the USA, for an unlocked 16GB version. Then why 51.5k here?

    At least, for that price, the phone should have had a minimum of 32GB internal storage. But no! A 16GB smartphone, in this day and age for half a lakh of rupees? Is Samsung nuts?

    I can get an LG G2 32GB version for less than 40k today.
    I can also get a Google Nexus 5 32GB version for 32k today.

    Looking at the above 2 offerings, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is terribly overpriced.

    It is really silly, but the Note 3 from Samsung has a bigger 5.7 inch full HD screen, S-Pen, 32GB internal storage and 3GB of RAM for less than 47k.
    I can get this phablet from Flipkart today for 43k brand new.

    Now which is a better deal folks?

    Samsung, please pull your socks up and start offering your flagships at realistic prices. And please, give us the latest chipsets that you offer in the other parts of the world.

  • Emacs232
    April 18, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I wonder you indians still buying this samsung crap despite the clear disrespect this sh1tty company shows to you.

  • Tanmaxx
    April 18, 2014 at 4:23 am

    Hey! Exynos version has a better GPU atleast on paper/specs sheet. In the Snapdragon version, the adreno gpu is clocked @500 MHz(approx.) and the Exynos version,Mali GPU has around 1 GHz (more than 920MHz) . But the lack of LTE could be neglected if the CPU was atleast better than Note 3 on paper!

  • callvipin
    April 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    The price of the new S5 in the US is $650 (plus tax) (faster 4G
    version), which equates to Rs. 39,000 approx. But Samsung sells is for
    Rs. 51,500 (slower 3G version). That’s 30% more.
    Motog cost $179 (11100) in us and selling here at 12400( here
    providing some extra accessories even if it is of not of good quality).
    moto X cost $399 in us (24500Rs) and selling here for 24K.
    So what samsung is thinking? ‘Indians are fools’. So we should know
    the fact and should teach a lesson to this plastic junky manufacturer.
    So we should start a campaign ourself to end this fooling by this
    this phone according to me with this features and considering the brand value worth only for 37K. also in indian version they could have added the FM radio inbuilt.

    the most irritating thing to me is the attitude of samsung, when other manufacturers like motorola and google is giving more important to indian market which they know and respect, samsung is fooling indian people by giving third class version of their flagship here at mountain rate, some way they will suffer from it soon.

    As an indian I would say  ‘ Boycott Samsung Handsets & Teach them our pride as an Indian and the importance of Indian market. ‘

  • DhirendraSinghKhanka
    April 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Samsung should ditch plastic and go with strong aluminium build. I would prefer to carry charger instead of spare battery. If i own a premium phone i expect to handle it with care..making premium phones water proof seems to be ridiculous to some is a medium of communication and not some tool which you carry around on beaches or adventurous activities.
    And that heart rate sensor…what nonsense. carrying such a big phone when doing some serious cardio activity, who does that ? it will only appeal to heart patients. 

    Samsung is facing tough times ahead if Apple comes up with a 4.7″.

  • Kumarjit Kumar
    April 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    ys we all sud kick this low quality exenos junk…..yaak

  • Prakash van Klaasen
    April 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    no takers for s5

  • sandeeprattan
    April 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

    No I firmly believe with a moderate upgrade, the phone should have been launched at Rs. 40K level.  This high cost would wipe out the competitive price for HTC M8, Sony Z2 or even iPhone 5s and these guys might launch their phones for even higher premium.  So be ready to shell out more for other phones too.

  • sandeeprattan
    April 13, 2014 at 9:27 am

    SenthilKumar4 Samsung in its bid to capture market of India keeps pushing down worthless models down the throat of Indians.  They play tricky while designing phones, you will soon find clonies of S5 allover the country costing quarter of the amount and underwhelming features.  That would make everyone happy that yes they have something similar to S5, lesser informed feel they really hold latest and top end of the Sammy’s innovation.
    So many models, Samsung must have lost count of it and that leads to reduced life cycle of these phones or pretty delayed updates.

  • vineet296
    April 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Reasons for the fail:
    1) Stupid exynos instead of snapdragon which consumes more power and delivers less.
    2) Not too updated from s4 which is now available for 27k
    3) 50k for that cheap piece of plastic is too much to ask for.
    4) lastly but most importantly India is not a stupid market which Samsung likes to think it is.

  • Saptarshii
    April 13, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I believe that S5 was a rushed device as it does not enhance a lot feature wise above S4 and Samsung is inept at  their pricing strategy as they tend to slash prices sooner for every device as they could not retain their original retail price ever. A device without LTE demanding 50000/- is foolish.
    I played with it for a while and my impressions are that it is functionally fine but aesthetically horrid with ugly bezels and especially why all the Galaxy mobiles are equipped with atrocious looking ear piece ?  I find the design aspect baffling, cheers !

  • nishuagg99
    April 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    i hope less than that ;-)

  • NavdeepSingh1
    April 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    the main reason is its cost it is too high

  • SenthilKumar4
    April 12, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    sandeeprattan  they think we are so ignorant aren’t they? rightly said they don’t match international standards here and yet call for the premium price!

  • SenthilKumar4
    April 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    should give further cold shoulder to this product, which is already outdated in terms of connectivity ! 50 K for just a 3G enabled phone?  bhaag Samsung bhaag

  • ajju022
    April 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    they should have launch it with the QUALCOMM processor and now when 4G will be available in India soon. Its a big disappointment and such a huge price for this 3G enabled phone.

  • vikhyath
    April 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I dont understand the thing with samsung. They are in this market for decade now still they price their phones like anything. Samsung is on top today because they used to price their phones well. People would rather buy an apple phone at 50K rather than this plastic. One more mistake from Samsung and it will lose its traction.

  • Anuraj J Pillai
    April 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    One year old s4is 27k now from launch price of 50k??..or so…so what’s de real worth of this phone….at least as someone pointed out this should be global version with 4g support ,,this wil come to 40k within 3months for sure

  • Aritra Sarkar
    April 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Bhaio samsung is increasing the price of their devices day by day..we should teach them a lesson by not buying their flagship this time..just hold on and wait untill they release note 4 with reasonable price tag..or buy phones like sony z2..or wait for nexus 6..

  • GauravTiwari
    April 12, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    While Samsung touchwiz is very much laggy, on the other hand HTC’s sense UI is a blaster….
    Serms like it it very well engineered for making d phone’s performance smooth and buttery….
    Even after heavy customization we can see a huge difference b/w sense UI and Touchwiz….
    Overall HTC M8 may be the biggest nightmare coming true for Samsung..

  • GauravTiwari
    April 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Why not go for all aluminium Unibody designed All new HTC One M8…..
    Even it outperformed iPhone 5s and S5 in various benchmark scores……
    Cheers HTC…..

  • Mohit Manav Srivastava
    April 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Y get s5 when u can most s5 features on note 2 itself

  • Abiram Reddy
    April 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Still not worth it

  • Atif Jameel
    April 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    cheapyyyy plasticyyyy….

  • Atif Jameel
    April 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    a big LoL…Hahahahaha….yahi hoga samsung ke sath…jago grahak jago. bahut sell ho gaye Samsung ke cheap mobiles ..all models are same from 5k to 50k..

  • Ramzi Rmz
    April 12, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Samsung till now not no.1 and not so good only one thing that appreciate me is that samsung give us video calling facility but htc,lg and sony don’t give.

  • ???? ??????
    April 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Wastage of money in this phone, indian version lack international standards

  • Krupal Patel
    April 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Bhumik Kewlani

  • Karan Das
    April 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    yeah cutting 1k out of the mrp seems really sensible :P

  • sandeeprattan
    April 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    So Samsung thinks that it can take Indians for a ride, half a lakh rupee for their experimental processor with not LTE and they  are happy to call it innovation?  Crazy they are.  Buy it and you will be happy that there is not development for the phone.  A totally neglect piece of crap and Samsung wouldn’t even bother to address your concerns. Time for me to say Samsung good bye!

  • Gabriel Pegu
    April 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    My next smartphone will definitely be a 4G compatible one coz 4G networks will be available in India soon. And 50k for a smartphone? Really? I suggest max 40-43k in a country like India. Be careful with you steps Samsung or else you’ll go down like Nokia.

  • Jaspreet Singh
    April 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm


  • Sachin Damolekar
    April 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Next month it will be under 45k

  • Subhajyoti Go Lui
    April 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

    50K for Samesung GS 5 ? how about NO..

  • Amar Jadhav
    April 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Mandi hai bhai… #NokiaLumia1320

  • Diptej Lolienkar
    April 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Faltu phone

  • Dwayne Rooney Fernandes
    April 12, 2014 at 11:21 am

    The S4 cos 26-27k now. Atleast price it apprpriately,say 45k

  • Pratyush Shrivastava
    April 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

    50k worth of plastic :D

  • Pratyush Shrivastava
    April 12, 2014 at 11:15 am

    lol.. noob sammy

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