Samsung Galaxy S5 Price in the Philippines Upon Launch is Php 34,990, It's Official! Full Demo of SGS5 by Mr. Coco Domingo!

Last Thursday - April 3, 2014 - Samsung Galaxy S5, the much-talked-about 2014 flagship Android smartphone of the Korean electronics giant, was officially released in the Philippines via an exclusive event held at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura Premiere at the Fort in Taguig City.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Samsung Galaxy S5 represents the latest and the best innovations that the company has to offer in this product category. Not only does it come with an updated design language and a powerful processor but it also features a slew of imaging innovations, a finger scanner, a heart rate sensor, fast network connectivity support, and a unique battery saving feature.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines
Below the device's brilliant 5.1-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED display, right on the home button, you can access the finger scanner to unlock the smartphone without having to type in your password or swipe a security pattern.

At the back, we'll find the 16 MegaPixel camera with ISOCELL sensor - for enhanced low-light capability - and LED flash and the UltraHD 30fps module. Located just below that is the new heart rate sensor, which works with the phone's S Health application.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Samsung Galaxy S5 has the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and features High Dynamic Range (HDR), which reproduces natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. The new Selective Focus capability allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the backgroung. With this feature, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) or Bokeh effect.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Looks-wise, the 2014 flagship's form factor is largely the same as that of its predecessor. However, it now has a ridged faux metal side frame and soft-textured back cover with dot matrix impressions. Also, unlike the regular SGS4, SGS5 is IP67 certified to be dust and water resistant.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Samsung Galaxy S5 supports the LTE bands of both Smart Communications and Globe Telecom. And thanks to its removable 2,800 mAh Li-Ion pack and battery saving features, you can enjoy ultra-fast connection speeds for an extended period on the phone.

On top of that, the phone comes with an innovative Ultra Power Saving Mode - which you can turn on simply by going to the Battery Settings - that turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption even more!

Inside the shell, Samsung Galaxy S5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system skinned by the company's TouchWiz user interface with its Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset. It handles multitasking with 2 GB of RAM and has 16 GB of ROM that can be beefed up using the phone's microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB. The combination of these innards give this handset an Antutu Benchmark Score in the range of 35,000 to 36,000.

SGS5 will be available at all Samsung Concept Stores and authorized retail partners nationwide as well as via its network carriers starting on April 11, 2014. The official suggested retail price of the 16GB variant is Php 34,990 and you can get in four colors, namely, Electric Blue, Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, and Shimmery White.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

I graced Samsung Philippines' event invitation and I had a blast at the launch because I was able to see and have a chat with old friends like Ms. Nikka Abes and my fellow tech bloggers.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

At the event, we also saw several accessories for Samsung Galaxy S5, including the Gear Fit, the S View Covers, and this, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Equipped with a 1.63-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1 GHz Dual Core processor running a Tizen-based wearable platform OS, 512 MB of RAM, heart rate sensor, pedometer, and a 2 MegaPixel camera, Samsung Gear 2 a sleek and sharp smart companion to the 2014 flagship smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Wearing this smartwatch, Samsung fans can express their mood or coordinate with their outfit with modern and elegant strap color options including Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange for Gear2 (or Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange for the more affordable Gear 2 Neo). The home screen background, clock face and font are also customizable to reflect the user's personal taste and preference.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

According to Samsung, "Samsung continues to lead innovation in the wearable market by creating devices that are completely integrated into the lives of consumers through extended connectivity features, stylish customization options and a robust application ecosystem. With the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, we have enhanced everything consumers love about the Gear to offer unparalleled smart freedom in their everyday life."

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 will don an official suggested retail price of Php 15,000 when it becomes later this month. Gear 2 Neo, on the other hand, will sell for around Php 9,000.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines Launch, Samsung Galaxy S5 Philippines

At the party following Samsung Galaxy S5's announcement, I got the chance to have a conversation with Mr. Coco Domingo, the Product Marketing Head of Samsung Philippine's Mobile and IT Business. He gave me an exclusive full demo and quick specs rundown of the SGS5 and the very svelte head-turner Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit! I got the whole thing on video and I hope you can check it out, TP Friends.

You can get Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit with its swappable strap for only Php 9,000, which I think is already a steal considering that the device represents a number of industry leading innovations by the Korean Giant, most notable of which is the curved display.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy S5
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight 145 grams
Available Colors Electric Blue, Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, and Copper Gold
Operating System Android OS 4.4.2 KitKat skinned by TouchWiz
Display 5.1 inches (~432 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD Super AMOLED, Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor, GPU, Chipset Quad Core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 SoC
Internal Storage Philippines: 16 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 128 GB
Camera 16 MegaPixels, 5312 x 2988 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash, Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD Video and Image Recording, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face and Smile Detection, Image Stabilization, HDR (Rich Tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More, Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture 4K UHD 2160p 30 frames per second (non-LTE model), Full HD 1080p 60 frames per second, video stabilization, dual video recording, Front: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8,
HEVC, Full HD (1080p), UHD (depends on variant) Audio: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*), WAV(*)
(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
Ports microUSB v3.0, TV-out (via MHL A/V link), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity, Sharing 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80), WiFi Hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth v 4.0 (LE) IR LED (Remote Control), S Beam, Samsung AllShare Play and Control, Samsung AllShare Cast (WiFi Display), Mirroring and Extention, Samsung AllShare Framework
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Hall, RGB Ambient Light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart Rate Sensor
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2,800 mAh
Uptime Standby Time of 390 hours and Talk Time of 21 hours
Value-Added Features Flagship Release, IP67 Dust and Water Resistant, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, S Health 3.0, Quick Connect
Announcement Philippines: April 3, 2014
Availability Philippines: April 11, 2014
Price Official SRP in the Philippines: Php 34,990

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