Samsung Galaxy S5 to be cheaper than its predecessors?

By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 19, 2014 09:07 AM EST

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Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors abound ahead of its expected unveiling next week, and a new report now claims it will be cheaper than the Galaxy S4.

With less than a week before the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 kicks off in Barcelona, Spain, anticipation is piling up and various reports try to paint a picture of what to expect. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the most highly-anticipated devices of this year, and it is expected to make its official debut at Samsung's Unpacked 5 event on Feb. 24, the first day of the MWC.

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Amid lots of rumors regarding the smartphone's potential screen size, specifications, features, and more, a new report now comes with some intriguing information regarding the smartphone's pricing.

Top-end flagship devices usually boast high-end specs and features, but also come with a price to match. According to a new report from Bloomberg, however, Samsung is currently in talks with carriers over pricing for the upcoming Galaxy S5. The company has reportedly delayed releasing pricing details to its various partners worldwide because it is still mulling over what the handset's price should be. Some partners apparently believe that the new model should come at a lower price point than its predecessors, and this would certainly be great news for consumers.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone proved to be very successful, selling more than 60 million units, but the Galaxy S3 was more popular. Samsung reckoned recently that the Galaxy S4 wasn't as successful as it had hoped for because it was too similar to the Galaxy S3, and some customers felt it wasn't worth the upgrade.

Offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 at a lower price point that previous iterations would not only give customers a solid reason to upgrade, but it would also help Samsung better compete against Apple and its iPhone 5S flagship.

It remains unclear just how Samsung would manage to offer a new flagship with notable improvements over its predecessor, yet at a lower price point. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is also expected to come with a fingerprint scanner embedded in the smartphone's Home button, much like the iPhone 5S' Touch ID fingerprint reader. Reports also indicated that it would come in two variants, one "Prime" and one "Standard."

For the time being, however, nothing is confirmed, so take this news with a grain of salt. Samsung's Unpacked 5 event is less than a week away, and we should hear all about the Samsung Galaxy S5 soon enough, straight from the source. Stay tuned for more information as soon as it becomes available.



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