The oft-rumored, highly anticipated, remarkably elusive “ultra-high-end” Samsung Galaxy S5 flavor may have just broken cover at last, packing as expected a Quad HD display and upgraded Snapdragon 805 processor.
Galaxy S5 Prime? Galaxy F? Galaxy S5… Plus? Nah, Samsung ultimately chose a much more mundane moniker for the “premium” flagship spin-off that sparked so many rampant rumors these past few months – Galaxy S5 LTE-A.
But is this really the Prime that was supposed to give LG’s G3 a run for its money and assuage the thirst for cutting-edge technology of power users/Samsung devotees? The improved 225 Mbps connectivity speeds, mind-blowing 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution screen and explosive quad-core S805 chip certainly support the theory.
S5 LTE-A’s outer shell however doesn’t, looking exactly the same as the standard S5’s frame. So no, there’s no trace of metal in the smartphone’s construction, let alone an all-aluminum chassis. The run-of-the-mill polycarbonate isn’t made to resemble an alloy either, being just… run-of-the-mill, perforated and so on.
Bottom line, either a bunch of tipsters, including some very reliable, supplied us with shiny BS, or the Galaxy F and S5 LTE-A are different things with different target audiences and different ETAs. What’s strange is the timeline of the Galaxy S5 LTE-Advanced remains a mystery too, as Samsung Korea discharged a press release, then changed its mind and deleted it.
Technically therefore, you could say the Asian-bound handheld ain’t really official. Whenever it goes on sale (by the end of the month, according to insiders), it shall rock 3 GB RAM (yet another paramount performance bump), a 16 megapixel rear camera, 2,800 mAh battery and pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat.
The on-board Snapdragon 805 SoC features four Krait 405 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz, which, combined with the extra RAM and advanced display resolution, leads to slight autonomy concerns. After all, the 2,800 mAh cell always sounded a bit scanty. Let’s hope for the best though, and keep our fingers crossed vis-à-vis the existence of a separate metal-made Galaxy F, headed for markets outside Sammy’s homeland.