Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is certified by the RRA, South Korea's version of the FCC
Chief amongst the questions that people had once the Galaxy S5 was unveiled was, what happened to the 1440 x 2560 resolution screen that was supposed to be employed on the device? And of course, there was the usual sniping about the plastic build quality. Almost immediately, rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime started leaking in earnest. This device was said to feature the QHD display and the metal chassis that everyone had thought would be included with the original model.
On Tuesday, South Korea's version of the FCC, the RRA (Radio Research Agency) "signed off" on the device. Three different variants of the phone, one for each major carrier in the country, has been given the thumbs up by the Agency. The SM-G906S is heading to SK Telecom, the SM-G906K will be offered by KT, and the SM-G906L is on the way to LG U+.
With the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime already receiving its Bluetooth Certification, it would appear that we could see a June unveiling of the device. Other manufacturers are taking note of this new "Prime" category. The HTC One Plus and Advance models are rumored to be coming, adding features that some had hoped would have been on the HTC One (M8), such as a waterproof build, a QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, and a larger battery.
If this becomes standard procedure, it could be bad news for smartphone manufacturers; they could end up training consumers to pass up buying the new flagship model, and teach them to wait for the "Prime" version with all of the goodies missing from the first release. And what will Samsung do to placate the millions of Samsung Galaxy S5 buyers? If the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is released, as it seemingly will be, these customers spent their hard earned money buying what they thought was Sammy's flagship smartphone, only to discover that something better was around the corner if only they had waited a few more weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is certified by the RRA in South Korea
1. Certification for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime heading to KT
2. Certification for the model going to SKT
3. Certification for the LG U+ variant
Thanks for the tip!
source: RRA (1), (2), (3) via GforGames
2. redmd (Posts: 880; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Come on Sammy. Release it already. The G3 is already enjoying strong sales.
3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 311; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
galaxy s5 owners are going to feel betrayed..
5. Jason2k13 (Posts: 641; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
the nerds will be, but not the average joe
6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 893; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I think you underestimate the buying public. Yes, there will be a lot of nerds who will be angry, and a lot of normal consumers who won't be. However, among the people who don't follow tech news closely, there is still a portion of the "normal Joe" population that still wants what is newest and best. These folks are image conscious, and they exist among iPhone users and Android users. They will be a bit outraged, just as the iPhone folks would be if an iPhone 6S came out two months after an iPhone 6.
11. Jason2k13 (Posts: 641; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
if what your saying was true, companies like samsung, htc and sony wouldnt be doing these short 4- 6 months releases of phones. Go out in public and please tell me the ratio of people owning old phones compared to new phones, and i assure you there will be 'alot more' of people owning the older gen phones.
24. Astoni (Posts: 489; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Depends on where you are in the world, this "normal joe" in sweden,denmark and norway atleast likes the newest.. from age 12-30 its rare to see someone with an old phone if its not a for work phone.
10. phljcnth (Posts: 263; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Still I won't fall for the alleged existence of this "Prime" version. Or if this was true at all, I don't think this will be globally available as the production of QHD Super AMOLED will likely be scarce. Until today we haven't heard from Samsung about their homemade 2K res baked in a smartphone display. Normally we would see a technology event launch before seeing it employed to a proper device as was the case of the YOUM to the Galaxy Round. Betrayal is not a Samsung vocabulary.
12. NexusX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2013)
Haha idiot just keep telling yourself that when the galaxy s5 hits 300 dollar on eBay once the prime is out, Samsung is notorious for releasing flagship after flagship to milk their customers
25. phljcnth (Posts: 263; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
From what I know the S series have one year cycle. And if you're going to consider the Note line well they cater a different market. How many years should a company take to be not notorious? 2 years? 5? At least Samsung is not like Sony and LG which release flagships even before you know its predecessors exist!
14. AstronautJones (Posts: 260; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
They don't have a tech display every time they increase the resolution. Youm is a new technology. They confirmed they were working on a 2k screen months ago.
4. hipnotika (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)
normal version is still pretty than prime ahahah :D
13. NexusX (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 May 2013)
that thick bezel and glossy finish has made the galaxy s5 the ugliest flagship of the yea, i can't see how the galaxy s5 can get any worse，
18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Where do you see the glossy finish in s5....s5 has soft touch plastic..
19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Where do you see the glossy finish in s5???
s5 has soft touch plastic..
7. gigaraga (Posts: 865; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
I hope they market this correctly. Because some people may not even know what a 'Prime' version is. But that part where Samsung seems to release a flagship and then see what mistakes they made seems a bit like betrayal, but not to everyone at least.
8. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
Poor Galaxy S5 Owners :p i really feel bad for them
9. Bozzor (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Well, Sony has been honest and stated that they will update their flagships every ~6 months or so...but doesn't seem to be hurting their sales. And the Prime may actually be called Prime for a pricing reason more than anything else. Sure, there is always something better tomorrow, but where do you draw the line? Is it 3, 6 or 12 months that phone makers 'must' wait for a major hardware update lest their customers be peeved?
15. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
I'm debating between the S5 Prime and the LG G3.
16. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4281; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Plastic is classed as cheap lowerclass.
Metal and aluminium is classed as prime.
Hate cheap junk dustbin bendable plastic.
Premium prime is prestige
17. CheckThisOut2k (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)
To me, it doesn't matter if it's plastic or metal. I just hope it'll have a removable battery.
20. shuaibhere (Posts: 1365; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
May be plastic classed as cheap by you....
But not by me and many others out there....
We consider plastic as more practical material for smartphone...
I don't by a smartphone to stare at it but to use it....
23. Jinto (Posts: 389; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
We hate your comments. We'd all down vote them if we could.
You are the most stupid fanboy on this site, can't you acknowledge that other things exist?
21. jimbo1mcm (Posts: 23; Member since: 07 May 2014)
Looks like the S5 townfolk are gathering pitchforks and lanterns and heading for the main gate at Samsung HQ!!
22. JMartin22 (Posts: 862; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
I hope this "Prime" version is just here to make up for Samsung's inability to put a 2.5k resolution screen on their display earlier in the year and they don't go the route of intentionally watering down their main flagship as a point of contention for this stuff. Other than that, I don't mind the Prime version right now because of its current circumstances