SAMSUNGSamsung has launched the Galaxy S5 in India, announcing a 11 April 2014 release date. The company has unfortunately not revealed the pricing of its new flagship smartphone.

NDTV Gadgets has learned however, that the Galaxy S5 will be priced between Rs. 51,000 and Rs. 53,000. The smartphone will also be made available for pre-orders soon.

Notably, the company has launched Exynos-powered octa-core version of the Galaxy S5 in India, revealing the variant for the first time. Samsung had showcased only a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801-powered version at MWC 2014, amidst much fanfare. Details of the Exynos chipset used in the India-variant Galaxy S5 have not been revealed yet, apart from a ‘Tru Octa-Core’ claim.

The biggest new features being touted on the Galaxy S5 by Samsung include a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera, and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant.

The smartphone also features a new design in terms of the back panel now being perforated, and available with four colours (Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold) at launch, along with optional designer back panels. Furthermore, the handset will be compatible with Samsung Gear Fit, which is the firm’s first curved, Super AMOLED health-focused wristband.

For those unaware, the Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixel full-HD resolution. It comes with 2GB of RAM and will be available in 16GB and 32GB inbuilt storage models, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB.

The Galaxy S5 sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with HDR (for video as well), and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera can record UHD video @30 fps along with HDR and video stabilization functionality.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO functionality, ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0, NFC, and Infrared remote functionality. It features a 2800mAh battery, rated to deliver 21 hours of talktime, and 390 hours of standby time. The smartphone weighs in at 145 grams (slightly heavier than the Galaxy S4), and has dimensions of 142×72.5×8.1mm (slightly thicker than the S4’s 7.9mm).

Some of the pre-loaded Google service available in the handset are Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search and YouTube.


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