The Samsung Galaxy S5 is arguably one of the most anticipated phone releases this year, announced on this week with a release date of the 11th of April, we quickly saw the 4 largest carriers in Australia quickly confirm they would be offering the phone on their network, now you can get an idea of outright pricing with exporters in Europe and the UK and Mobicity here in Australia opening up pre-orders for Samsungs latest super-phone.
Despite rumours circulating prior to the release of the Galaxy S5 that Samsung was going to attempt to price the Galaxy S5 at a cheaper price point than the Galaxy S4, it seems that isn’t the case, at least if pre-order pricing is any indicator.
Mobicity is offering the Galaxy S5 for $899.95 + Delivery for the 16GB model, which you can pre-order in ‘Charcoal Black’, ‘Shimmery White’ or ‘Electric Blue’ but not ‘Copper Gold’ which they say they can’t guarantee availability for. Much like the iPhone 5s the Gold could be ‘The’ colour to get when it finally hits the streets. Mobicity expects to be able to begin shipping the phone on the 11th of April.
The other option is to import your phone, although after the kerfuffle that beset the Galaxy Note 3 on release with the phone having region locking built-in, it’s undetermined as to whether the Galaxy S5 will suffer the same fate. But still, there are options out there if you want to import the phone, although it’s always prudent to remember the $1000 GST Free threshold when ordering anything from outside of Australia.
Over in Europe the 16GB model of the Galaxy S5 is up for pre-order on Amazon Germany for €699 in Black, White and Blue, while their Spanish cousins are offering the phone in Gold as well for €729 – both will of course require a delivery fee on top.
In the Uk Exporters Clove and Handtec have the 16GB Galaxy S5 up for pre-order, remember when ordering from the UK you won’t pay any VAT so the ex VAT price is what you will pay. Clove is offering the phone in Black or White for £458.33 + Delivery, while Handtec has the Black, White and Blue model for £454.99 + Delivery, but they’re asking £479.99 + Delivery for the Gold version.
If you’re looking to purchase the Galaxy S5 outright, the only question now is whether you pre-order from one of these vendors or wait to see what outright pricing will be like on a local scale.
Will you be importing a Galaxy S5? From where?