The rumors of an impending Galaxy S5 refresh version have never really died down. Now, according to an industry source, Samsung may launch a more expensive model of the flagship phone with LTE-A that will cost about Rs 55,000, or about 45% more than the Samsung Galaxy S5 that is currently available in the Indian market.
In addition, Samsung is also likely to launch an LTE-enabled version of the current S5 which will be priced at Rs 43,500-44,000, or about Rs 7,000 more than the 3G-only version.
According to the source, the more expensive version of the S5 will come with a more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor compared to the 801/Exynos that lies under the hood of the existing model.
The current model available in India does not come with LTE, and costs Rs 37,000. There are also reports that the refreshed model, which may ultimately not be launched in India at all, will also have a QHD display with 1440×2560 pixels compared to the 1080×1920 pixels found on the current model.
A model with similar configurations has been launched in the Korean market, and it could be that the company is planning to launch it in other markets as well.
The phone, known under different names such as the S5 Prime, will support 225 Mbps LTE speeds. It may be noted that operators like Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance are expected to launch LTE services within six months in India.