by our Indian correspondent, Asif Shaik
Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February  – 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The fourth reason is its steep pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S5 (see MySmartPrice.com for pricing) was initially launched a price of INR 51,500 (circa £507) in India which people reacted sharply as being overpriced.
- 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.