It has been a successful journey for Samsung - South Korea's most talked about handset market. The company, which sells smartphones at nearly every price points, currently rules the worldwide mobile phone market.
From high end to low, the Samsung-made smartphones are quite popular not only in only in India, but across the globe. Its latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, has taken the world by storm. Believe it or not, as many as 7 different variants of the Galaxy S5 are now available on sale.
What's more, Samsung is expected to launch a premium version of the Galaxy S5 shortly. The upcoming handset might be called the Galaxy Alpha.
All existing variants of the Galaxy S5 cater to a different set of audience. The Galaxy K Zoom, for instance, is primarily targeted at consumers with special interest in photography. Similarly, the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE will appeal to those who are ready to a premium to access high-speed internet on the go.
In order to complete this feature, we've made a list of top 7 variants of the Galaxy S5 available in the market today. Take a look into sliders below.
India is one among the few countries, where Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 with an Octa-Core processor. Galaxy S5 comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display offering a Full HD resolution and churns out the pixel density of 432 ppi. It is powered by Octa Core Processor Adonis Prime2 (Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz) + XMM6360 coupled with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with the layer of the upgraded version of the TouchWiz UI including a new notification bar. The device uses (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) 2x2 MIMO, USB3.0, BT 4.0(LE) connectivity options. The IP67 certified handset, as you are already aware, comes powered by a 2,800mAh battery. The device offers 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 128GB).
Asking price - Rs. 35,000
The 3G variant of the Galaxy S5 was launched way back in April. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is available at a price of Rs. 35,000, and comes with an Octa-Core Exynos 5422 SoC and 2GB of RAM. The LTE (SM-G900I) variant of the Galaxy S5 is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and similar set of specifications and features to be precise. The 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy S5 sports a 5.1-inch FHD display, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, 16MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing shooter and more. The handset is powered by Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, and has a large 2800mAh battery inside.
Asking price - Rs. 52,500
The newly launched Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A, which went on sale in South Korea, packs a 5.1-inch QHD display and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 805 SOC under the hood. In comparison, the original Galaxy S5 has a 1080p screen, coupled with a Snapdragon 801 SoC.
The premium phone features a large 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. On the imaging front, there's a 16MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash and a 2.1MP front-facing camera. The handset runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. Like the original Galaxy S5, the new device has IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance and a built-in heart rate scanner. The new device offers download speed of up to 225 Mbps, thanks to LTE-A support.
Asking price - TBA
Originally announced in June, the mini variant of the Galaxy S5 is available on sale in the UK. Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini features a 4.5-inch 720p (1280×720) Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, and a 2,100 mAh battery. Like the Galaxy S5, the mini S5 also features a fingerprint and heart rate scanner, and is IP67-certified for water and dust-resistance. The handset runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat .
Asking price - TBA
Do you like to own a camera-centric Android smartphone? If yes, then check out the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom - a special variant of the Galaxy S5. This monster camera phone sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera module with BSI CMOS sensor. It integrates 4.4-44mm lens with 10x optical zoom, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Xenon Flash.
Priced at Rs. 29,990, the device comes with a 4.8-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a Hexa-Core processor (1.7 GHz Dual Core Cortex A15+ 1.3 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7) with Mali-T624 GPU and 2GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UX. It also has AF/AE Separation (Auto Focus/ Auto Exposure Separation), Pro Suggest with 5 optimized filter settings, Selfie Alarm to take timed selfies, object tracing and more. Other specs include: 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB with microSD, 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, aGPS + GLONASS and NFC, and 2,430mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 29,990
Just like the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5, this special variant is rugged in nature, and has IP67 certified. The ruggedized version of the Galaxy S5 is water, dust and shock-proof. The device also has a "convenience" key on the side that can launch apps related to outdoor activities. It also comes with a heart rate monitor underneath the camera. The phone also comes with a barometer.
The Galaxy S5 Active shares the spec sheet with the original Galaxy S5. Spec-wise, it features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED FHD display, a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card support, and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. The device runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile OS. Other connectivity options include: Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, among other features.
Asking price - TBA
Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport, a special variant of the Galaxy S5, sports rugged feel, like the Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T. The Galaxy S5 Sport is exclusive to Sprint, a popular network provider in the U.S. With a few exceptions, the Galaxy S5 Sport is identical to the Galaxy S5 Active for AT&T. It doesn't feature a physical camera button, and the Activity Zone app, already present on the Galaxy S5 Active.
Talking about the specifications, the phone has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED FHD display, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card support, and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera. The rugged phone is running on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat mobile OS.
Asking price - TBA