Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale In South Korea Ahead Of Schedule
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has just gone on sale in South Korea via local carriers ahead of the April 11 launch date. Carriers in the region are restricted from selling any devices after April, so this early launch was the only solution to avoid loss of sales.
Reuters suggests that the Galaxy S5 is available through SK Telecom in the region for 866,800 Korean Won or $808, which is substantially more than the prices quoted by American carriers. The carrier has been restricted from selling any smartphones from April 5 until the 19th of May. Other carriers like LG U+ and KT are also selling the Galaxy S5 to customers with a similar price tag.
It seems like Samsung was kept in the dark about the early release of its premier flagship, so it had very little knowledge of this happening. The early launch will certainly help the carriers leverage the demand for the smartphone and translated that into sales.
The rest of the world markets are expected to get the smartphone by April 11 as originally scheduled.