Bloomberg: Samsung Galaxy S5 may be priced cheaper than previous versions

February 18, 2014

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung is considering lowering its pricing structure for the latest member of the Galaxy S family. 

MWC is less than a week away now, and that means the Galaxy S5 is about to be unveiled to the world in short order. We already believe we know quite a bit about the Galaxy S5, including its possible specs, build materials and more. What about pricing? It would be easy to speculate that the U.S. Pricing for the Galaxy S5 will fall somewhere around the $550-$600 mark for outright costs, and a contract price of $199.99 with two-year agreement. After all, that’s pretty much what we’ve seen from both the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, however, an insider source has revealed that Samsung is considering selling the latest member of the S series at a lower price than previous models. Reportedly Samsung has been approached by at least one wireless carrier that feels the device’s pricing should be more aggressive this time around.

Unfortunately, that’s about as specific as the report gets. Looking at the rumors that suggest we could be seeing both a ‘base’ and premium version of the Galaxy S5, the idea of cheaper pricing for the Galaxy S5 does make sense though — at least for the base version.

Although this is just speculation on our part, it is possible that Samsung will follow Apple’s pricing structure with the iPhone 5C and 5S by offering the base model GS5 for $99.99 (with contract) and the premium for $199.99 (with contract). Obviously it’s still too early to say one way or another just how much the Galaxy S5 will set consumers back, but a price reduction over past models would certainly be a welcome change for those of us looking to save a few bucks.

What do you think, how much would you be willing to pay for the base or premium version of the Galaxy S5 (outright or contract price)? Does it make sense for Samsung to be more aggressive with its pricing?

Comments

  • João Grácio

    If they want to make a cheaper S5 they don´t need to call it that way…Samsung Galaxy S5 cheap…Galaxy neo mega S5 …Galaxy mini S5 cheap

    • MasterMuffin

      more versions, that’s Samsung’s answer for everything!

  • George Av

    Oh no. That isn’t good. I’m sorry but cheaper means skipping quality materials and sticking to the worlds shittiest plastic

    • Jesus

      But Lumias don’t feel like shit.

      • http://myanimelist.net/profile/Kiratron Mega#24Dupont/PepsiChevroletSS

        Just the OS does.

      • Alisan_C

        actually the screen feels like shit (compared to other screens)

        it feels too much plastic whereas others are more glass feeling.

        That said their back plastic feels not bad.

      • Daemeon Holmes

        Neither do Nexus Devices.

    • anon

      No it doesn’t. It just means less pure profit for the companies fat controllers

  • seeingwhite

    Step by step, we are moving closer to the elimination of subsidized phones.

  • hoggleboggle

    Can you please stop quoting any price “with contract” it is a completely meaningless valuation as it says more about how far the carrier is planning to subsidise the phone and less about the cost of the phone itself. Either quote the unlocked retail price or don’t bother.

    • Jason Yuen

      I agree. I’m currently locked into an amazing monthly plan and thus am not eligible for contract upgrades. I have to buy my phones outright.

  • Gerard

    So it’ll only be ludicrously overpriced now ?

  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    Nice! Watch it only be $25 cheaper with mail in rebate

  • Ansh

    If premium version is 100$ costlier then it is shut up and take my money.. Else a big nooo

  • Daemeon Holmes

    In as much as I’m never buying another “on contract device”, as long as they price these phones at more than the cost of a comparable Nexus Device, I’ll continue to buy nexus phones. Love my Nexus 5, and see no reason to pay more for a bunch of features, I’m not likely to use very often.