Australian onlne retailer Kogan has released its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. They’ll set you back $799 and $829 respectively (plus shipping), and ship in 1-2 weeks according to the item pages.
As with many of Kogan’s products, the stock is imported from overseas suppliers so you might need to be careful before you hit the Buy button.
Galaxy S5 – $799
Kogan’s Galaxy S5 models appear to be overseas models (SM-G900I), powered by Samsung’s Octa-core Exynos CPUs.
In 2014 these phones seemed to pack a little more bang for buck in terms of performance, at the price of Australian 4G LTE coverage. This seems to be the case again this year, with the product pages only advising of 2G and 3G bands. If you’re in the market for a Galaxy S5 and don’t care for 4G LTE on your carrier, this might be a good choice for you.
While this is a hefty discount from Samsung’s RRP of $929, remember that the models aren’t actually the same so it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. It’s worth remembering that Millennius is also offering the Galaxy S5, but the SM-G900 model compatible with Australian 4G LTE for $798 shipped.
HTC One M8 – $829
In contrast to the Galaxy S5, Kogan’s stock of the HTC One M8 is compatible with our 4G bands and thus might represent a good alternative if you’re not interested in the grey model offered in Australia at the moment.
Kogan’s HTC One M8 stock lists Australian 4G LTE frequencies, and is available in grey, gold and silver colours. We’re yet to see the last two on sale here.
While HTC’s RRP for the One M8 is $899, remember that Telstra currently charges $840 for the phone outright. When you add shipping, Kogan’s One M8 will tip that scale a little bit. It seems that’s the price you pay for exclusive colours.
As Kogan’s selling imported units, they provide their own warranty on the products. You should check the conditions of their warranty before you buy, and get in touch with them if you’re not sure what’s covered by it.
Are you tempted to purchase an imported Galaxy S5 or One M8? What’s your preference? Let us know in the comments!