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Metal-clad Galaxy S5 with better specs said to arrive in May as part of a 'luxury' F line by Samsung

Metal-clad Galaxy S5 with better specs said to arrive in May as part of a 'luxury' F line by Samsung
Rumors that the Galaxy S5, which Samsung just announced, won't be the last flagship from the company this season, are circulating like bees around honey today. The eventual metal-clad S5 Premium version is speculated to arrive in two months, after the HTC One 2 gets announced, and be part of a new high-end line of Samsung.

If your head is already spinning here, so is ours, so let's put the rumors in perspective. We've been hearing about Samsung's eventual "luxury" flagship series for a while now, as far back as last summer. This was the source of many tips that Samsung will have two versions of the S5, and even of the Note 4 later this year. For the Galaxy S5, there were even separate specs sheets, and benchmarks backing them, leaked - one was the version with 1080p display and Snapdragon 801 that was just announced, and the other handset was sporting a new Exynos chipset, and a larger, 1440p Quad HD screen.

Today the Korean media is abuzz with reports, allegedly from Samsung execs during closed-door MWC meetings, that the Koreans are going to spice it up with a premium portfolio of flagships, dubbed Project F indeed, and the souped-up S5 will be its first member. The chassis of this one is said to be with premium metallic materials, the Quad HD screen and Exynos processor are bandied about, and even the camera is said to sport optical image stabilization, unlike the one on the "regular" S5. The issue has been procuring those rare parts for the tens of millions of units each Samsung flagship moves, so the company apparently decided to slap them together into a pricier, more exclusive version, that won't sell as many pieces.

Couple these reports with the renowned tipsters Eldar Murtazin and Ricciolo, who both tweet that the "Prime" or "Luxury" S5 is still in play, and we might start thinking that where there's smoke, there's fire. Provided that Samsung decides to go ahead with those alleged plans in any way, that is. Ricciolo even says that Samsung will wait for the announcement of the HTC One 2 flagship next month, and will have the last word for the season with a metallic S5, stuffed with top-shelf components. 

Metal-clad Galaxy S5 with better specs said to arrive in May as part of a 'luxury' F line by Samsung
Metal-clad Galaxy S5 with better specs said to arrive in May as part of a 'luxury' F line by Samsung

Two months from now peg the announcement for the April - May timeframe, and today's reports that the current Galaxy S5 might be launched at a cheaper price than the competition, or than the S4 at launch, only pour more water in that mysterious "luxury" F series rumor mill. It's just that Samsung is unlikely to indeed call it "F" series, as LG already has one, but rather only uses that as a codename, just like the S5 was known as "Project K". Who knows, "F" might indeed stand for fashion, so we can't wait for the actual leaks to pour in, and especially the eventual price.

source: ETNews, @Ricciolo (Twitter) & EldarMurtazin (Twitter) via GalaxyS5.nl

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posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:19 10

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2374; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Pass on the S5 for now. Keeping my S4 for a few...

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:07 6

24. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Me too, there's something fishy about this S5...
I mean, it's a step backwards in both memory and storage from Note 3 ffs.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:18

51. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)

can anyone tell me why the S5 has this code: Samsung SM-G900I instead of I9605???

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:41

61. skyline88 (Posts: 458; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

if you haven't notice it yet, lots of new Samsung phones/tablets are having the the similar model code.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:45 10

33. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

This is ridiculous so let me get this straight Samsung are going to charge flagship prices for this cheap ugly toy called S5 then 2 months later they are going to release a metal version that will cost EVEN MORE?!! WTF??!!

This is utter greed from Samsung!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:56

52. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)

You need to remember Samsung copy Apple. So if Apple charge more then so can Samsung. Plus they need to cause when it comes out Apple will take there asses to court and sue the hell out of them!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 15:34 1

54. igorb81 (Posts: 77; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Smart move by Samsung. You can't blame them from business standpoint. This way they will get the full spectrum of consumers out there. My only gripe with S5 was the lack of OIS but that's really it. I don't care for the materials since my phone is always in a slim case.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 16:25 3

55. newbey123 (Posts: 573; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

They know drones will buy their crap phones. So they don't care what they put out. I will never waste my money on a Crapsung. Will stick with HTC and Sony.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:43

62. skyline88 (Posts: 458; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

until the day you find out the Ultra Pixel is complete BS, and Sony's built quality has a very big question mark at the end.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 23:01

70. ChocolatePants (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Idk 'bout you but they still rocked sales compared to both of them.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 16:35 1

56. gamblor77 (Posts: 106; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

They aren't Apple and it has already been confirmed that the S5 will be sold cheaper than the S4 was. So they acknowledge it's not the best phone they're putting out and not charging high-end prices. Not sure what those prices are but I'm sure we'll find out soon here.

That being said, it still seriously pisses me off that they're making people wait 2-3 more months before putting out a proper flagship with all the bells and whistles. They BETTER put out another one and it BETTER be way better than the S5 released the other day. Otherwise they're gonna be in a world of hurt this year and their stock price will tank so hard.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 12:00 1

72. Joshua9007 (Posts: 90; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

First, cheaper could mean it is back at $199.99 w/ contract, as the S4 was kept at $249.99 (before sales, promotions, etc) and the new 'premium' version will have very few tweaks and probably get a $50-$100 increase in price. The exynos processor is basically just 2 different quad cores that are on the same chip, and while it can decide what processor is best for each task and performance is improved, will it be as efficient on the battery... probably not. Also, do not forget that a 2K or 4K screen will use more power as well, although I do not know how much more. Speaking of the battery, almost every 'premium metal' phone has no removable battery (even if you have access to sim and memory expansion) so they would be wise to increase the size of the battery significantly just to maintain current usage measurements, and should increase capacity even more if they are charging much more for the phone. The OIS for the camera I was surprised not to see on the S5, but is probably because they want to use it as a benefit to the premium phone.

All-in-all, the S5 announcement reminded me of an apple announcement... meaning that they did not want to screw up a winning formula that sold 40 million phones last year. They knew their customers wanted a few key things: Great camera, removable memory, replaceable battery, and a good looking screen. Look at the difference between the GS3 & GS4: they added a IR blaster & pedometer, bigger/better screen, faster processor, better camera, and a lot of software goodies (some of which was useless). But why are people upset now? The made the screen bigger, faster processor, better camera, added a heart rate sensor and made it water resistant! They even toned down the addition of useless features (although current ones are still there) and cleaned up the touch wiz skin.

The real reason they are introducing the premium line of phones is to compete with HTC and others head to head. They see customers of the GS3-4 to want a new version of the same thing, but they see the launch of the premium version as a way to steal more customers from other brands. They will effectively have a phones in every category, size range, and style. On the higher end: They will have the phone for the masses (GS5) one for the spec nuts that have to have their cake and eat it too (premium S5) one for those who need a tablet and phone at once (Note 3). They then are going to have a mid range phablet (note neo), and huge screen (galaxy mega) mid range phones (galaxy grand, s4mini, etc.) and of course a host of low end prepaid phones and ones for other countries.

Samsung is just covering all their bases, and throwing the spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. I personally would like to see a more unified approach to the shear number of phones they make... but this is one way they do not take after apple.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:47 1

63. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Um they said the gs5 is going to cost less than the GS4 so I have no idea how you formulate things but you need to do it better. You may not like Samsung but they are one of the only companies that are willing to spend money on the consumers unless you think finger print scanners, .3 auto focus cameras, and heart rate monitors are cheap.

Then I don't know what to say. You are just a hater. If anything, metal unibodies are dirt cheap because lenovo and huawei are making their cheap mediatek tablets with metal bodies.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:57 6

40. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

Pass...super satisfied with my Note 3.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:53 3

49. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)

the two oldest romur that never became real and never will be and every year we hear them are metal Galaxy phone and bigger screen (4.5 inch) iphone. Cant you guys get bored of saying this again and again

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:21 24

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Samsung, now you are just drunk. Go home

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:23 15

3. Arsen (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)

This will confuse a lot of consumer who are not really into technology/gadgets.


Samsung has more galaxies than the universe! OMG.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:19 1

37. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

Shoot!! This is even confusing us phone nerds.. if that's true it's nice at first but Sammy can't be doing this to their customers..it's deceiving

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:29 20

4. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 332; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Well, this is gonna kill the S5 sales even further..

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:30 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

See here's the thing - it's a RUMOR.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:37 5

12. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

how will it kill sales if it offers more choices? as long people like papasmurf exists, samsung will do just fine.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:47 9

15. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Too bad Samsung is the only OEM besides Apple I'll ever consider getting a smartphones with.

HTC One - weak camera
Z1S - hit or miss camera; uncomfortable to hold
G2 - Unappealing UI

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:21 1

44. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

I do agree with you once again Smurf, except G2. IMO g2's UI is very similar to Samsungs xD

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 00:16 3

67. zachattack (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)

LOL "G2-Unappealing UI" and it's the same thing only less ugly than samsungs, that was pretty smart of you to say. You only bounce between apple and samsung, that's a sad life. All phone cameras suck because they are small cameras in phones. Anything released 2012 + has the same camera with very few differentials. You can't tell the difference betweens random picture examples. Much like you can't tell a retarded Quad HD screen from a 1080p.

Just thought i'd mention how funny your comment sounds and how stupid it is. HTC excels in every other category compared to Samsung or Apple. Camera like i said is either like or hate it really doesn't matter. I'm glad you let everyone know where you stand as if anyone cares XP

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:30 4

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I'll just switch my S5 if this does indeed come true.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:51 2

21. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

If its around may i can switch my Z1 :D

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:17 5

28. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Do not.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 14:02 4

50. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Why? Give me 3 reasons to either keep the z1 or switch to a diffrent phone?. I'm okay with what the z1 has given but it failed to live up to its expectaitons :p

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 07:38

69. DONUT (Posts: 424; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

and just yesterday you were bashing Sony for updating the Z1 too fast smh

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:30 8

7. newbey123 (Posts: 573; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

Huge Fail.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:31 2

8. Tuxedo (Posts: 346; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

Demoting the Galaxy S brand would be a bad move.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:32 4

9. cleat-glitch (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:34 7

10. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

Samsung have to replace the S-series with the F-series in order to be competitive with HTC and Apple! Unlocked S5 will be $600+ and what about the F-series!?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:50 2

19. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

you think 600 is expensive?.. maybe you should check around the the world. We pay around 800-900 for something you pay 600 for....

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:08 3

25. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

Man I'm from Europe and I know how expensive is. And I think that $600+ doesn't worth it, for that money I can buy a decent notebook (and I have one). :)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:31

48. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Did you ever consider where i'm from? My country belongs to europe also ^^

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:35 6

11. technomichael (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

So basically wait for the higher end model?

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:39 1

13. Diego! (Posts: 573; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

What the Samsung F??? Samsung please don't do this. Focus on one or two (Galaxy S + Galaxy Note) mainstream cellphones/phablets and their smaller siblings (S5 mini & Note 4 neo) and stop releasing 500 models of the same phone every single month.

If these rumors happened to be true, nobody will even care about S5 then!

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:22 1

38. willard12 (Posts: 1677; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

Samsung is a pretty large corporation. I'd imagine they they can walk and chew gum at the same time, just as they can sell washers, dryers, TVs, and refrigerators at the same time. The can release a thousand phones and I'm not forced to buy any of them. They are updating every device to 4.4 that carriers will allow. So, why does it matter if Samsung doesn't use the "one size fits all idiots" policy that other OEMs use? Looking at who leads in smartphone market share worldwide, it's likely they'll just stick with the model that has gotten them to where they are. Buy what you want, don't buy what you don't want. Seems pretty simple.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:04 1

43. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

Samsung's policy made sense a few years ago when it released devices that were priced properly and just made sense. Now we have Note 3's that cost less than newer Note 3 Neo's despite the former being higher quality with better internals. Samsung is becoming greedy and their quality and innovation are suffering. At this moment I actually think Samsung is douchier than Apple, and I hate Apple. You want some real innovation, go look at LG or Oppo.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 18:51

64. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Blame Apple. That 1 billion you Americans made them cough up to Apple has to go somewhere.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:40 4

14. toink (unregistered)

Pfffft..probably just another disappointment from Samsung. Prove us wrong please.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:48 8

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Note 3 is laughing at your statement.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:54 4

34. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

Note 3 neo is laughing at your statement lol

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:48 3

16. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

fail pt. 2

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:48 6

17. Biglurr54 (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I would be very upset if i was an uninformed consumer and bought an s5 thinking i was getting Samsungs best offering just to find out they have the f5 and im stuck with the s5.

Say what you want about sony and their 6 month refresh ... At least they arent hiding it and trying to pull one over on the consumer.

My money is going to the company that listened to consumers and put exactly what everyone asked for into a phone. Not a company that is playing shadow games and selling us on their junk first then giving us a high end phone so you feel "exclusive". How may people will buy the s5 then bite the bullet and buy the f5 a few months later because its that much better. Its sad.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:51

20. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

hm.. good, then i can switch my z1 :D

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:57 1

22. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Makes it kind of hard to determine when to buy a new phone. If you happen to be one of those wanting to buy the S5, that is.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 09:59

23. Jobayer (Posts: 167; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

As if the letter "S" wasn't good enough and they had to use "F" XD
(I need to grow up)

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:14 3

26. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

See...that's the problem with Samsung. They release a new phone almost weekly and that sometimes make people "feel" that their brand new S4 or S5 is outdated

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:15

27. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)

Just like iphone 5C to iphone 5S sales strategy? Maybe.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:29 1

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

'F'@ck series. Quad HD phones with beautiful designs(vivo xplay, gionee elife) will be cheaper than this 'premium' F line.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:38 2

30. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Genius , the plastic s5 is Samsung version of the iPhone 5c ,while the metal s5 is Samsung version of the iPhone 5s, I must admit I only buy Nexus Android, but smart move flood the market from all different kinds of angles ,

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:40

31. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

this is nothing new they always release a better version of their phone a few months after

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:44

32. Loubielou (Posts: 508; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Samsung must have given themselves more time before releasing the Galaxy S5,but people could see that they have the Apple iPhone 6 on there mind,They have know got to make the Galaxy S5 cheaper than the Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy S5 will never be able to Meet there Sales Target,We get the iPhone 6 about June time,So Samsung have got Time on there side to Produce a Metal Bodied Premium Smartphone,Samsung seem to have disappointed alot of people with the Galaxy S5 an it could backfire on them,with alot Switching to another Smartphone instead

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 10:58 4

35. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Isnt it strange guys, most 'professional' tech sites did not complain even the slightest about plastic and ugliness. While they will bash sony and htc flagships for the smallest flaws. Imagine plastic on an xperia, it will become cheap plastic feel in review.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 13:30 2

47. Federated (Posts: 261; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)

Well said.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 03:05

68. Odiin (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Completely agree with you.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 11:08 1

36. koko1 (Posts: 103; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)

they make a bad design = u hate
they want to fix that = u hate
wtf is wrong with u people ?? i just want a galaxy s5 but with better design and 3 GB ram with 3000 mah battry, thats what im looking for !!
the s5 offers amazing camera and ui and some features like the battery saver !
let them work and give us some good products, stick with ur old fashioned apple products who dosent give a damn about ur opinion

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 17:32

58. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

yeah right, but realse one phone with all these features not every week a new phone.. I think what HTC did is good to realse only one flagship a year unlike samsug 1241923094823094 flagship in 2013 !!
If I were an original s4 owner I would be very angry to see a better version is released after few weeks !!

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