Five Five reasons why Samsung Galaxy S5 is experiencing poor sales in India

by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik

Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February [2014] – a device which will most probably stay as its flagship smartphone for the rest of the year. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was made available for purchase last month [April] in India and other important markets. But the sales of the Galaxy S5 haven’t been as good as Samsung had predicted it them to be. To avoid poor sales of Galaxy S5 in India. Here are the Top Five reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is experiencing poor sales in India.

  1. The biggest reason why Indian consumers are not interested in buying the Galaxy S5 is its design and build materials. Samsung is still stuck to plastic materials whilst other brands – Apple, HTC and Sony, have moved on to premium materials such as metal and glass for their flagship smartphones.
  2. The second reason is the lack of any innovative feature in the Galaxy S5 which would make consumers get attracted to. Although it includes a finger print scanner, it doesn’t work even half as good as it is supposed to.
  3. The third reason is the lack of 4G LTE in the international variant of the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 SM-G900H completely lacks 4G compatibility while the arch rivals iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have worldwide 4G LTE compatibility built in.
  4. The fourth reason is its steep pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S5 (see for pricing) was initially launched a price of INR 51,500 (circa £507) in India which people reacted sharply as being overpriced.
  5. The health related apps which ship with the Galaxy S5 don’t work accurately. If someone is serious about their health and activity statistics, they would rather buy a dedicated fitness tracker such as Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband or Fitbit Force rather than using the not-so-accurate sensors used in the Galaxy S5.

Although all is not lost for Samsung. According to latest rumours, Samsung is working on Galaxy S5 Prime which is supposed to be a metal clad premium version of Galaxy S5 with 2K screen and Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.

Would that help Samsung in gaining back its status as a smartphone brand to look forward to? Only time will tell.

About Asif Shaik

Asif Iqbal Shaik is a consumer electronics expert and computer science graduate turned technology Blogger. Asif is obsessed with gadgets, games, internet and technology brands. He is known as ‘gadget guru’ amongst his friends. He works for the Indian mobile phone price comparison web site,
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3 Responses to Five Five reasons why Samsung Galaxy S5 is experiencing poor sales in India

  1. Kapil Semwal says:

    I kept my eyes on Samsung Galaxy S5 from the 1st rumour. I waited all year to buy the best from Samsung. But, as usual, Samsung being partial to India. I know around 20+ people in my contacts, who wanted to buy S5 but, Samsung didn’t launch Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz LTE model in India, same thing had happened with S4. If Samsung have some loyal customers in India, then, is Samsung Loyal to the buyers in India? I also had told my friends & announced on Fb that the price will crash soon & within a week, it came down from INR 51,500 to INR 47,500.
    Samsung will lose more business soon in India & already many of Samsung loyal customers moved to HTC or Apple.
    Somewhere I feel, Samsung may be good but, it has no standard product. In the MWC 2014, it proudly announced/unveiled Samsung S5 & screamed for Snapdragon 801 processor & many were ready to pick their piece but, when they announced the lower model in India, people changed their mind & Brand too!
    If this is the case, I bet, Samsung will lose a BIG business in India by 2015.
    Samsung S5 is a BIG Flop in India (at least). I would never buy a company that carries double standard (1 for USA, UK etc & 1 for India) where, India gives approximately 10% of business to Android market.

    Sorry Samsung, you lost it again, 2nd time consecutively. Too bad for future…

    Kapil Semwal India/Malaysia

  2. jame says:

    I have the Samsung Galaxy s5 phone, and I absolutely love it! No complaints here, it’s everything it says it would be. In my opinion.

  3. Nur Alomgir says:

    When samsung launch snapdragon lte version galaxy devices in then I’ll buy the galaxy device and if not then I would’nt buy any galaxy devices. Samsung is lossing in indian customers.

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