Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A now official with the world's sharpest, 5.1'' Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805, and 3GB RAM
0. phoneArena 18 Jun 2014, 02:00 posted on
Enter, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the world's most hardware-packed device currently available on the market (though it's unlikely it'll get out of South Korea, where it was announced). Like the standard Galaxy S5, the S5 LTE-A makes use of a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, but this time around Samsung has nudged the whopping 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) in it. This makes it the industry's sharpest display, at 576 pixels per inch (the G3, for example, sits at 538 ppi). But that's not all...
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4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5230; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
That's why I suggest against Samsung devices because of this.
12. Bootutu (Posts: 190; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
And any Android device right? we should only buy Apple products yeah?...iSh33p Commander in chief!...technology advances quite rapidly, in Android world you get to buy the latest as they emerge, not wait till it becomes obsolete. So are we finally getting a HD(960p) screen on the iPhone?
20. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 406; Member since: 24 May 2011)
In India prices of the S5 dropped from 53k to 37k in matter of months, so yeah, im also against buying Samsung flagships at the moment.
25. joey_sfb (Posts: 3725; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
This is the new trend. Smart phone getting improvement in a matters of 3 months much like pc components. However, only the most tech savvy could read those labels and know which cpu can overclock better.
I view it as a positive trend as we don't have to wait for a full year to get the latest improvement.
Samsung has it every time I want to buy a phone.
33. Gulliver (Posts: 21; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)
You can keep complaining about it Or maybe you should find to be happy about it!!! Instead of paying big $$$ first day, wait couple of months to buy your phone. I don't think someone force you to buy it at release date!!!
New but cheap; old but with still high price; light, durable and with good grip but metal and glass. You can't have everything in your live at a time, sometimes you need to make a choice. Set your priorities!!!
57. rd_nest (Posts: 1027; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
If you don't know that prices are highest during launch time, and reduce a lot with time, you must be an idiot. This is not the first time it happened, this is not the last time it will happen. And this is not specific to Samsung. Every smartphone price drops with time.
It doesn't take a PhD to know this.
70. gamblor77 (Posts: 92; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
You're not buying an investment that appreciates in value, you're buying a smart phone. If you're an early adopter you go in with the understanding that you are paying a premium for buying early. If you want a phone that doesn't lose value you can wait 6 months until it's $0 on contract and borderline old in technology standards.
21. Astoni (Posts: 607; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
This is the worst argument... seriously.
It dosen't mean that your previous phone stops working or starts to slow down for any reason..
28. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
So you want to promote sub-par screen and walled OS phones eh iSalesman. Nice try but NO!!
66. iushnt (Posts: 868; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)
There was s4 advanced version with SD processor for S.Korea last year. Its just for a single market. Other parts of world even won't know about it!!
8. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
It's Korea only, at least for now. I wouldn't call out S5 customers, but rather G3 customers who just bought a QHD phone with an old chip. Why LG didn't wait a few weeks for the 805 chips is beyond me.
17. darkskoliro (Posts: 1032; Member since: 07 May 2012)
Probably because most people dont even know the difference between 801 and 805. Design/UI/Camera/Screen would most likely come before the SoC for the majority of buyers.
27. kalo88 (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 May 2014)
Why did Samsung not just wait a few months and pop the 805 in all their S5 phones? Instead they release 2 versions of the same phone, one vastly superior to the one everyone already bought.
59. rd_nest (Posts: 1027; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Why? Would you have paid for that 10-20 million S5 sales?
Isn't it obvious they don't have enough materials (SOC/display) to satisfy the demand of million every month?
How come people here lack such basic commonsense?
37. mmmanuuu (Posts: 270; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
You are laughing because samsung updates their hardware whenever there is an update available in the market??? Seriously bro??? Samsung is trying to be the leader in the market by updating their phones. You cant back off hoping samsung or any other company will stop producing flagships just because millions of people already have their previous. If you can keep up the pace get on to it. Or else simply keep your mouth shut. No oneis forcing you to buy any phone. Its just your choice whether to buy a flagship phone or to wait till they release another one. But then again they will release another one. If you don't want to purchase a phone every 3 months and still if you want a flagship phone, you can purchase PORSCHE DESIGN or TAGHEUR phone or something like that.
55. drunkenjay (Posts: 313; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
i really don't get your argument. whats so poor about the galaxy s5 customers. the sony xperia z3 is coming out in no time soon when the z2 came to the us a few days ago. the htc prime (although rumored) might come this year as well.
your argument is stating that all of us are poor customers because we may or may not get the latest model.
grow up kid
56. rd_nest (Posts: 1027; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
I say the same for HTC/Sony customers. Who knows the company might not exist tomorrow!
BTW, the S5's people bought will continue to run absolutely fine.
And this is a Korea-specific model. Rest 261 countries in the world won;t have it.
64. ydl08 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
Poor what? this won't be sold in the US anyway
We don't have LTE-A here
75. blingblingthing (Posts: 470; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
No phone stays top notch because the company that makes it didn't make something better. Everyone on the planet earth is almost guaranteed to have a phone not as beefy as the S5 LTE-A.
It's simple as that.
Matter of fact, if it's top notch specs you want, you'd probably have a Samsung.
2. phantom_six_man (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)
this gs5 is too late,they're making costumers confused,sooner or later z3 myt features this s805 too or much better s810
3. fzacek (Posts: 2351; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Wow, I wasn't expecting this. It just came out of nowhere. This phone definitely beats the G3, but let's hope its display does not suffer from the same disadvantages as the G3's. Hopefully it will become available in the US, because this thing is a beast...
63. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
The smaller the pixels, the dimmer they get.
5. james.blunt.1973 (Posts: 38; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
'just' 225 Mbps
this JUST is far beyond my dreams...
6. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
Great phone but still no big announcement. This is not like Samsung. Maybe, we will see a big announcement in new york for the Galaxy F
9. tango_charlie (Posts: 109; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I doubt that there will be a big announcement, since it's "just" an upgraded S5 for korean market and Sammy don't want to confuse people interested in buying the actual S5.
7. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Cant wait till sony (or Nokia i mean Microsoft) makes something with these specs!!!
10. tango_charlie (Posts: 109; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
This was actually going to be the standard S5 (international version), but display and SoC were too late to the party. So now you have a S5 with 2013 specs and one with 2014 specs.
11. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Lol here in Ethiopia the cellular network is about 11kbps at its best and the nearest wifi hotspot to where i live gets up to 300kbps which is unimaginably poor to any one who lives outside of africa but to me its mind blowingly fast. Yeah.
13. BUFFQREWBBQ (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 May 2014)
Actually, that sounds on par with Sprints LTE, if not better. I've been with sprint since 2010 and 1st world is not all it's cracked up to be. Can't wait to leave this farce of a network.
Our broadband is a laughably bad oligarchy as well. Sigh.
15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I think Sprint LTE uses eight 1 kilobit radios, so under ideal conditions, they max out at 8kbps.
Pretty amazing technology according to the Alcatel employees that love to brag about these advanced radios.
65. true1984 (Posts: 632; Member since: 23 May 2012)
wow, where do you live that has such terrible service? i havent gotten less that 8Mbps where i live.
78. BUFFQREWBBQ (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 May 2014)
Orlando, Florida. I would shank somebody for 8mbps.
I'm switching to the big evil verizon soon and losing my 19% employee discount pretty much since verizon only applies discounts to data now :( I'm not happy about it, but I'm even less thrilled about the $500 I've paid in 4g/LTE fees over the last 4 years and 2 months while barely ever actually being able to use it.
My unlimited data has magically never gone much if any over 1 gigabyte a month cause I can't access the network to begin with. Sprint Spark sounds cool though, but I'll have to settle for verizons overpriced xlte. Woe is me.
14. mr.techdude (Posts: 565; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I really feel for your country that's why I keep saying "if I was a trillionair no one would be poor on my watch" sadly America spends trillions and trillions of dollars on war with out even helping the poor first. Capatilaism is the biggest terrorist.
16. supersume (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
That is not true for the whole of Africa my friend. Here in Tanzania, the 3 biggest cellular networks average 5Mbps. You get 3Mbps on a very bad day and can get up to 16Mbps on an exceptionally good day. And thats all on 3G (HSPA and HSPA+). There is a new network called Smile that offers only 4G LTE, they average 15Mbps on a bad day and up to 70Mbps on an exceptionally good day. But they are 'expensive' compared to the 3G carriers
34. willard12 (Posts: 984; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
"Tanzania is one of the most aid-dependent countries in Africa, receiving more per capita aid and a higher percentage of GDP due to foreign aid than other neighboring countries. Currently, 33% of government spending is financed by foreign aid. The largest contributors to Tanzania’s foreign aid are the World Bank, IMF, U.S., U.K., and EU. "
79. supersume (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
A word of advice willard12, don't judge places by what you read on Wikipedia. Travel to see for yourself. I have lived in Tanzania all my life. Am not an expat but a native. It is a developing country, but not a jungle, savannah or an entire country filled with slums like the way you are shown in the West. There is 3G, 4G LTE (visit smile(dot)co(dot)tz), Full HD TV channels, 3D cinemas, Subway, McDonald's, KFC, malls, and most of the things enjoyed in the West. I am writing this right now from my LG G2 on LTE. Only difference is that the number of people who can actually afford the 'modern' lifestyle are a lot less than over there. Also infrastructure isn't as developed. There are people who buy the latest cars but drive them in murram roads. I am an Android n Windows Phone dev and I do my work comfortably from here, moreover not in the biggest city. Many African countries are doing so bad, but a few like Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola have all the good things in life.... If u can afford them
18. galanoth (Posts: 355; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
This phone is for people who have the I9506 Galaxy S4 LTE-A.
Since that phone is gonna be a year old soon.
This is not targeted at GS 5 customers.
As other people said, this is also targeted at G3 people since they might still be in the return window.
19. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3454; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
This can't be the F. I'm sure they will release it separately.
22. TruPatriot (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2013)
So is this a the Prime, the F or the regular S5 but updated? I can't tell wtf is going on with Samsung's models these days.
23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I told you, this is gonna be named as S5 lte A. My instinct never fails.
29. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Good call. So do you think that the rest of the world will have to wait for the Note 4, or perhaps the "Prime" if Samsung decides to make it, for similar hardware?
41. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I dont think there's gonna be another Prime, That would be a messed up lineup.
67. true1984 (Posts: 632; Member since: 23 May 2012)
not surprising considering the did the same exact thing last year. now we have to wait for the gs5 black edition
24. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Stellar specs, the one I was expecting from the already beautiful G3. But, I just can't swallow their design and the 'no matter what' laggy touch wiz UI..
Waiting for the ungraded G3..!
30. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The Wiz should have more Whiz with an 805 driving things.
68. R-vjn (Posts: 165; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)
Not really my friend. No matter how powerful the internals are, poor software can always make a device lag or hinder the performance. Like for example, we have been expecting the chipsets like S800 & S801 to make things better but as a matter of fact it didn't..
32. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The 805 chip is supposed to have 20% better energy usage vs. the 801. I don't know how much more energy the QHD screen uses, but maybe these two effectively cancel out.
44. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
There's no way to keep the same battery life at double resolution with software optimization, they need a bigger battery.
47. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3037; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Then how do you explain the fact that the G3 has the same size battery as the G2, a larger screen, & more pixels, but has better battery life? Your comment is a fail.
50. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Better battery life?
http://blog.gsmarena.com/lg-g3-battery-life-test/ gsmarena claims 9hr web browsing on Moto G, but in reality it hardly gives me 4hrs(on 3g, mixed use), G3 acc. to gsmarena has 6hrs, figure it out in real life with 4G, I still think QHD is useless.
53. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3037; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
What does the Moto G have to do with anything? I said the G3 has better battery life than the G2. That has been already been documented. Clearly, it's a possibility that the S5 LTE-A can achieve the same over the S5 with the same size battery. The 805 is more efficient than the 801, as is the 801 over the 800. That's why I said your comment is a fail.
54. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Peace bro, I didnt kill your dog. :(
62. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3037; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
What's makes you think I'm even remotely irate, dude? You read me wrong.
31. superfans (Posts: 153; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Exactly the same move from S4 last year and another rush product to compete with LG G3.
36. shuaibhere (Posts: 1743; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
This is not a rushed product...this planned one...since lte A is widely used in korea...they want to give something special..
LG G3 is more like a rushed products QHD with s801???
And not to how bad the screen is...
42. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3649; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Rushed product? Did you describe the G3 here. And samsung doesnt need to compete Lg or play catchup.... Thats LG's role.
35. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 236; Member since: 13 May 2014)
NOTE 3 is my last Samsung device. Today Samsung proved to me that it's a joke of a company releasing new models once every 3 months. I really don't know what device I will buy next but definitely won't be Samsung.