Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos Dual SIM Dual Standby Version, Now Available in the Philippines

The supposedly China-only Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos or the Dual SIM variant of the Korean Giant's 2014 flagship smartphone is now out for purchase in the Philippines via Kimstore, my trusted online store.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Dual SIM

"A lot of my loyal buyers are requesting for the SGS5 Dual SIM version so we did our best to bring the device here. At Kimstore, we go to great lengths to cater to what our consumers want," my friend Kim Lato - who will be featured in the August 2014 issue of UNO Magazine as one of Pinas' new breed of young and successful female entrepreneurs - told me in one of our conversations over the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Dual SIM

For those who are wondering, Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos has the exact same design identity, features, and technical specifications of the regular Samsung Galaxy S5. You get the same bedimpled back cover, 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, 16 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and ISOCELL sensor, Heart Rate monitor, Finger Scanner, 2,800 mAh battery pack, and Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset, among other SGS5 specs previously covered on TechPinas.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Dual SIM

But what makes SGS5 Duos special is that it has two microSIM slots allowing you to stay connected on two networks at the same time -- so you won't have to carry a secondary phone to receive calls and text messages on your other number. Although the second SIM slot doesn't support 3G and 4G LTE mobile connectivity and both slots aren't hot swappable as you'd have to remove the battery before you can change SIM cards, this feature - along with the TouchWiz SIM Management interface - should still be very attractive to a lot of Pinoy consumers as many of us actually keep multiple phone numbers.

Priced at Php 27,300 at Kimstore as of today, Samsung Galaxy S5 Duos could very well be the most expensive Dual SIM handset in the country currently. But really, considering that it's the same 2014 best-selling flagship smartphone by the Korean electronics company with that additional functionality, I think it's still very sulit.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy S5 Dual SIM, SGS5 Duos
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby
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
Network SIM 1: 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE
SIM 2: 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
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 Global: June 2014
Availability Kimstore: July 2014
Price Kimstore as of August 3, 2014: Php 27,300