The dual-SIM Galaxy S5 has officially been launched in China. Samsung went through with the launch rather quietly, without much fanfare. Bearing model number G9009D, there’s nothing really different about this particular variant, apart from the aforementioned fact that its capable of running two SIMs simultaneously. The dual-SIM Galaxy S5 will go on sale in China on April 11th, alongside the standard variant.
One SIM slot in this variant supports CDMA 200 and the other supports GSM. Samsung has confirmed that this variant is exclusive to China Mobile, which also happens to be the world’s largest mobile carrier, touting over 750 million subscribers. It is unclear if the company has any plans to launch a similar variant in other markets. Dual-SIM smartphones are particularly sought-after in emerging markets, and Samsung has catered to this need in the past as well. It may make no sense to most customers in the West, but a lot of people in this world prefer having the ability to run two SIMs side by side.
Everything else remains just the same. The 2.5Ghz quadcore Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, 16 megapixel ISOCELL camera, 5.1-inch full HD display and 2,800mAh battery are all there. The dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S5 will retail for $850 or CNY5,200.