Samsung's “Project KQ” leaked – premium Galaxy S5 with a QHD display and Exynos 5430/Snapdragon 805 CPU to brawl with the LG G3?
Samsung overwatch website SamMobile presented us with a juicy leak which firmly suggests that a "premium" version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone is in an advanced development stage. It is arguably the most detailed look at the unannounced, and previously denied device to date.
The leak begins by reinforcing the rumors that the Galaxy S5 shipped with a 1080p display due to production problems with the QHD-equipped version. Originally, the S5 was being prototyped with a 2K display, but this version was abandoned in its third revision, which is pretty early in the phone's development cycle. It took ten revisions until the S5 was given the "okay", and seven of these had the 1080p display. This serves to explain why the phone's last year leaks pointed towards a QHD screen, but as the announcement date neared, a 1080p display was to be found in all rumors.
We know that Samsung's strategy is to develop and release a multitude of smartphones and tablets each year in an effort to cover all available and emerging market niches in sight. Given that, pressure from LG's upcoming G3, and how close the company actually got to a 2K smartphone before it settled for less riskier technology, it is entirely predictable that Samsung will find the time and place to release the Galaxy S5 as it may have originally intended - with a QHD display. The latest leak hints towards that, and lots more.
For starters, the addition of a previously unfamiliar Exynos chip is suggested in some models. This is the Exynos 5430, which has four Cortex-A15 cores running on 2.1GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores running on 1.5GHz, an ARM Mali GPU clocked at 600MHz, and a display controller trained to handle the 2K display's many additional pixels. The Exynos 5430 also has a HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) controller that already supports up to 8K UHD video (8192x4320) playback. It also boasts a dedicated audio encoding, decoding and processing processor that Samsung named "Seiren".
Additionally, the international version of the smartphone will rely on an Intel XMM7620 LTE modem for connectivity. It will support speeds of up to 300Mbit/s downlink and 150Mbit/s uplink. This is a big win for Intel, as it marks the first time its technology is chosen over Qualcomm's in a high-profile smartphone. The Korean version, meanwhile, will operate with a proprietary Samsung LTE modem, codenamed Shannon 300 (SS300).
Now, you might be asking whether all of this goodness will reach markets outside Samsung's homeland. It's more likely that Sammy will offer the Exynos-equipped version exclusively to South Korea's telecoms and perhaps a handful of Asian markets, while the rest of the world will get a Snapdragon 805-based version. Fair enough, considering the capabilities of Qualcomm's silicon.
The leak also contains a clue about a high-end tablet based on the same platform as the "premium" Galaxy S5. It will be offered in Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE variants.
Now, we'll give you the usual advice about taking this information with a healthy dose of NaCl. Although there are pretty solid clues that the upcoming smartphone is indeed a premium Galaxy S5 - such as the fact that the prototype carries the designation "Project KQ", and the Galaxy S5 we all know was referred to as "Project K", it could end up being a wholly different Galaxy smartphone. What we have zero doubt with is that Samsung is preparing to greet the LG G3's announcement by introducing a more powerful device soon after. The LG G3 is confirmed to feature a QHD display and top-shelf components which will make the Galaxy S5 seem so "yesterday" barely a quarter after its release. And so will the so-called “premium” Galaxy S5 phone, by the way, but this doesn't matter as long as it's making Samsung money.
1. nothingmuch (Posts: 157; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Bring it! I want to see it not read it!
35. sar44 (Posts: 164; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)
2k, 3gigs, snap 805 is marketing for noobs
2k it is only negative
Metal for fetishists, besides it is bad for the connection and breaks the display when falling
Aspherical lens in the lens (i dont know whether they are now in S5)
Remove visible modulation at medium and low brightness, as it did in the Fly IQ444 Diamond 2 Quattro, Motorola Razr HD (XT925) and LG G Flex.
(although I did not notice)
Remove all profiles except the movie mode, as at testers gray is blue, red is orange, as they specially put other profiles that have very cold tone
Anyway all image are designed for SRGB standard, and enhanced range is color distortion
It was then has turned to the ideal, competitors (sony, lg, apple, htc) 2 more years will not put isocell and OLED
38. anas_12345 (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)
i am one of those noobs looking for best mobile performance :D
57. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
OPTIONS, guy. People love options. Including options for super vividness. Just because you and I prefer movie mode doesnt mean the majority of the populace doesnt prefer "Dynamic" presets on their TVs.
61. TheGenius (Posts: 297; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)
I love the dynamic mode on my gn2 (although I don't use it on tv). it just makes the display look amazing.!
36. Ashoaib (Posts: 1411; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
May be samsung is just testing its hardware and the display tech like they had done before when gs5 rumors started apearing... media just start reporting what they presume/percieve based on their own assumptions... will be cleared when samsung will announce something theirself
2. BCMWorld (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)
Bring it on Sammy, we need
choice....many alternatives to choose the
11. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
Yeah, you don't hear much of them these days...If Sony or HTC would have done this to their early flagship buyers all hell would break lose.
14. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 770; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
True, i remeber all the hate HTC got for the Sensation XE and the HTC One X+ and Sony for the T and the Z1.
26. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)
umm.. sony does do this. they have a six month update cycle.
41. Finalflash (Posts: 1581; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea but assuming this is called anything other than Galaxy S something, they just shafted their "high end" users hard, like seriously shafted, like Apple level shafted. They uniformly made all previous Galaxy S models lose their appeal and high end status. At least all the Sony phones are still in the Z line, they still have the status of high end.
15. akki20892 (Posts: 3304; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Samsung should think first that announce all varieties of S5 together so customers can choose it and buy it.
20. AstronautJones (Posts: 249; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)
I don't feel sorry for them. It was widely rumored even before the official launch. Just sell the S5 and get the new one if you want.
There are always new, more powerful phones coming.
29. mrblah (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
That's how you take this abuse? Yes, their is, but not a few months later by the same company you just bought a pos from! Don't be so accepting of bs, bro.
42. amats69 (Posts: 1017; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
but one of those samsung execs confirmed that there will be no "Premium" version of s5.
39. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6233; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Another reason why NEVER RUSH to buy out a new SAMSUNG always wait till it gets better. may wait for this model to come out or hopefully their CURVE NOTE IV later this year.
4. Anshulonweb (Posts: 300; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
that what Samsung s5 should have been in first place......
59. HansP (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)
My guess is, the technology simply wasn't there. Combine that with Apple leaving themselves vulnerable with the 5s and 5c phones, Samsung probably just decided that the best way to make a huge dent in Apple sales was to get the GS5 out fast and then release this one just ahead of any iPhone 6, which is expected to have a 1080p display.
5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Alright then I won't buy xperia Z2. Even if this phone never comes out, the Z3 will be out in November :-)
12. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I think sony'll skip H2 of this year and announce z3 in CES 2015...
23. wargreymon (Posts: 141; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)
Didn't Sony say they are using a 6 month schedule to stick in the game?
28. drazwy (Posts: 120; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)
Yeah. They seem to be able to announce every 6 months but they can't deliver on it yet.
32. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
But but...still z2 is not available on many markets???
Then what's the use releasing it's successor in november????
40. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6233; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
na think the z3 will launch next year. Z ULTRA II will be out later this year. so hopefully SAMSUNG will launch their YOUM DEVICE sometimes later this year.
6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
S5 is already perfect....
What I would like to see is all this in smaller footprint....
QHD will make no effect in 5.2 inch display....
18. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 146; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
Everything but the design is perfect!
7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
S5 is already perfect....
What I would like to see is all this in smaller footprint....
QHD will make no difference in 5.2 inch display....
8. papss (unregistered)
This version seems pretty sweet!! I'd get one for sure, hope they change the design language for the front of the device as that was the weak point imo..
9. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Bring it on Sammy! This is great news! Now we have at least 3 phones to choose with 2K displays. Let's wait and see what happens.
48. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
e5430 is more than enough.
but e6 64bit would be blowing
16. Amir1 (Posts: 257; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
brawl WITH G3 AND Z3. you seem to forget sony is releasing a new flagship every half a year. phonearena, try to be more precise next time...
17. AfterShock (Posts: 2596; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Trying not to ruffle Samsung fan feathers, but HTC should do the same thing.
Release a M88 with S805 an better camera as a premium line.
Then it'd be a true game on.
19. UglyFrank (Posts: 366; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
HTC can not upgrade their camera that would be the biggest slap in the face to all the customers who already bought the One and pretended not to care about the camera. HTC are doing a takedown model anyway (in plastic)
60. HansP (Posts: 20; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)
They have to do something, because as it is now, it is a pretty big slap in the face of all their buyers. :)
25. LGisgood (Posts: 432; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
LG G3 ftw! BEAUTIFUL DESIGN
s5 Premium? lol expect CHEAP DESIGN from Samsung.
34. shuaibhere (Posts: 1297; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
I have never seen a hardcore, blind fan boy like you...
53. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
wew LG fanboy?? get outta here! ung G3 sucks and absolutely no match with these S5 premium!
27. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)
and now i'm having flashbacks of last year and early this year with 3 models of the s4...
31. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Like I predicted months ago, the premium Galaxy will be an entirely new line-up with a metal body (goodbye IP certification, wireless charging, maybe removable battery), and since Sammy logically opted to sit out until the fitting SD805 and E5430 is ready to push all those pixels comfortably, the S5 launch was moved ahead to February, so there's a big gap until the Note 3 to introduce this new line-up, probably in limited numbers at a higher asking price.
The reason it will beat the G3 silly is because LG opted to stay on the SD800 platform, which has a generation older GPU which will perform nowhere as good as the Adreno 420.
33. eldyagustius (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
I see that samsung tried to be on top for every smartphone lines, such as S4 zoom to beat the nokia lumia 1020 and S4 active to beat the waterproof xperia lines. They want to keep up their reputation with develop a new smartphone again in a very short period life cycle. But they don't think about the customers who had bought the S5 :(
37. Suo.Eno (Posts: 154; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
Like I've said before in another article's comment section; if you're already on a Snapdragon 600/800 inside any of all available flagships now, you're safe from anything that's not yet on Cortex A53/57 generational change. End of...
2k display and 8K UHD video playback are non-core user functions that shouldn't make or break a future flagship model's debut.
43. jpkelly05 (Posts: 42; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
lots of useless comments. This rumor will change as time goes on. SALT grain's are minuscule! And no, I don't think my S4 is outdated or even non-luxury. Especially when it has the wireless charging Unu battery cover that gives me 2 days worth of a charge with full use (came with a battery that double's the capacity) and is a slim case. I don't give a dam about the S5. But Moto X.1 may be interesting. Look at phones for your own use and stop bashing other manufacturers, it just gets old!
47. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2594; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The timing of this leak makes me think Samsung doesn't want to lose any sales to the LG G3.
Whatever "premium" or "prime" phone Samsung decides to make, I just hope it includes high quality audio output. Other than HTC, I don't think any Android phone offers good quality headphone output, i.e. good voltage, current, sound, not just meaningless S/N ratio specs.
49. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
which i always look for a phone which has these, but no, only a dream concept phone can fulfill our desires
50. a_tumiwa (Posts: 245; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
use something more expensive than aluminium for body material pls, like titanium and sapphire screen
51. engineer-1701d (Posts: 616; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
it makes sense we all said the gs5 was only a gs4 but a better camera they put out this gs5 early so they could push this out between the note and the galaxy line, or this could just be the new note 4 look.
i am waiting for 3 hours to see the oneplus one the leaked pics look great and stereo speakers granted at the bottom like the apple but still not on the back
52. Imaxxacre (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)
Haha They are already making a powered up S5? While I do think this sounds pretty awesome, isn't the Android market getting just a bit oversaturated?
54. jose_beltran (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
Is it really coming out? I'm planning to buy a GS5 but I don't want to buy such an expensive phone and then get a newer version for the same Price, that'll be senseless. Are all these rumors probably truth?
56. Ahsan (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Who told you price will be the same? Didn't you read the word 'Premium'?
55. Ahsan (Posts: 28; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Price would be much higher than iPhone 5S. Of course its a premium version of S5 so you will have to pay much more than usual.