Samsung Galaxy S5 price may come in lower than previous Galaxies

Samsung Galaxy S5 price may come in lower than previous Galaxies

You certainly can't fault Samsung for trying to throw everything but the kitchen sink into last year's flagship smartphone, but this year's model may try to compete on price as well as specs.

Bloomberg reported that Samsung may be feeling pressure to lower pricing on its next flagship Android smartphone, which an unnamed source credits to "encouragement" from one or more of its wireless carriers.

The current-generation Samsung Galaxy S4 can be found for as little as $0 down plus 24 equal monthly payments of $26 on T-Mobile US ($624 in total) and is also available SIM-free in the UK for £629 (AU$899).

After last year's so-called "life companion" fell short of analysts' expectations, it may take lower prices to satisfy analysts, who appear to be as underwhelmed by the sheer quantity of questionably useful features introduced with the Galaxy S4 as consumers were.

Specs unpacked

The report also notes Samsung is planning a larger, sharper 5.2-inch display for the Galaxy S5, which is expected to be unveiled early next week at the company's "Unpacked 5" event during MWC 2014.

According to the usual "person with direct knowledge of the matter," Samsung plans to improve the camera and battery life on the handset as well, which will reportedly be introduced alongside a refreshed Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Samsung has been widely rumored to introduce technology to unlock the Galaxy S5 using a fingerprint or even retinal scanner, particularly after sales of the Galaxy S4 reportedly suffered a noticeable setback in the wake of Apple's latest iPhone 5S last September.

We'll all know soon enough, as Samsung has scheduled its main event for next Monday.

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