Samsung Galaxy F (S5 Prime) rumor round-up: specs, images, price and release date

Samsung seems to be preparing to break new ground: that of ‘premium’ metal smartphones, and the first device in that new family is expected to be the Galaxy F (also referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime).

The Galaxy F is often said to be Samsung’s antidote for Apple’s iPhone, the industry’s poster child in terms of looks and style. While earlier Galaxy smartphones have always packed cutting-edge silicon, their plasticky build put them at a disadvantageous position when it comes to style. The Galaxy F (where the F, many speculate, stands for ‘Fashion’) aims to change that image. It won’t be just about looks, of course - with anticipated launch in the fall, the Galaxy F could benefit from the latest silicon like the Snapdragon 805, and go on an equal footing with Apple’s iPhone almighty.

Samsung’s long road to a premium phone: metal back and slim bezel

But first, let’s talk about design. Visually, the Galaxy F is actually not a huge departure from the current Galaxy S5 - the buttons, the Samsung logo, even the finger scanner, slight camera hump, and heart monitor - everything is in the shape and place where we’re used to seeing it in the S5.

The most notable difference is, of course, the metal back. Gone is the ‘perforated’ soft-touch back - the Galaxy F is expected to deliver full-on brushed aluminum, a material with more premium feel and better heat dissipation properties than plastic. The second highlight of the F is the much slimmer bezel and the much improved screen-to-body ratio. We cannot be sure about the actual size of the Galaxy F, but it sure looks very compact for its size.

Finally, an AMOLED display with accurate colors?

Reports so far all agree that the Galaxy F will come with a super high-res Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) display. Rumors fly around that Samsung will also up the screen size slightly to 5.24 inches, but given the most recent announcement of the Korea-only S5 LTE-A with a 5.1” Quad HD panel, it seems that the Galaxy F might also sport a 5.1” screen. We've already seen the first wave of Quad HD phones like the LG G3, and the improvement in sharpness is barely even noticeable. We should also note that recently rumors have also sprouted about an iPhone-sized premium device by Samsung with a 4.7" device. We don't know whether that has anything to do with this rumored Galaxy F, but it's something to keep in mind.

What’s much more important, though, is Samsung’s recent strides in brightness and color in its AMOLED displays. After years of having to put up with dim and inaccurate (often greenish) AMOLED screens, we've seen Samsung finally hit nearly perfect colors in its latest Tab S tablets, and we're hopeful to see the same kind of color accuracy in the Galaxy F.

Top of the line specs: Snapdragon 805 makes a debut

With an expected fall release date, Samsung will have the option to ship the Galaxy F with the latest and most powerful Qualcomm chip - the Snapdragon 805, the crown jewel for its Krait processor family and a huge step forward for mobile graphics with the new Adreno 420. It’s a quad-core chip with the Krait 400 boosted to up to 2.7GHz, and the GPU running at 600MHz peak. 

Qualcomm is moving to a new architecture with 805, with no modem on-die, and with hugely increased memory bandwidth. 

The end result is an improvement of 20% in power efficiency and up to 40% boost in performance over the 800, according to Qualcomm.

Samsung’s foray into camera sensors: the 16-megapixel ISOCELL wonder

Samsung made its big debut in mobile camera sensors with the Galaxy S5: after years of relying on Sony (and others’) sensors for its smartphones, the company has finally developed its own ISOCELL technology in a larger-than-average 16-megapixel sensor.

We have no reason to doubt that the Galaxy F will use the same sensor, but probably with some further improvements, and with the faster ISP and improved bandwidth, we can see the higher-compute rates bring us cool new effects and even faster image capture. We also expect Samsung to polish its algorithms even further in the Galaxy F, and solidify its positions at the top of the camera race.

Only by Samsung: Fingerprint scanner, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Heart-rate monitor

The Galaxy F is also clearly featuring all stand-out Samsung value-added features. After the improved finger reader in the latest Galaxy Tab S tablets, we expect the F to also have a better finger scanner, and while it would still be hard to match the fast and accurate one on the iPhone, we’d rather have a finger scanner than have none at all.

The Ultra Power Savings Mode (UPSM) has proven tremendously effective as it works on a deep system level - not only capping your system’s resources and connectivity, but also making full use of AMOLED’s power efficiency. If you’re willing to sacrifice performance, UPSM gives you a sense of freedom from chargers, as even with just 5% juice left, you can enable it and get over 12 hours of battery life.

Finally, the heart rate monitor, the least useful of the features in the S5, is here in the Galaxy F. Samsung is committed to its S Health, and we’re hopeful that it finds a better way to use the data from this sensor.

Samsung Galaxy F (S5 Prime): price, release date and carrier availability

All in all, the Galaxy F looks like what the Galaxy S5 should have been in the first place - not only powerful, but also good looking. Samsung will likely charge a bit extra for those good looks, though.

So far, we can only guess the price, but given the aggressive price policy of Samsung, we would not be surprised if the ‘premium’ Galaxy F is actually sold at around the same price as the next iPhone.

The Galaxy F release date is rumored to be in September, a time previously reserved only for Samsung’s Note phablet series. With Apple’s rumored plans to bring both a regular-sized iPhone and a 5.5-inch phablet, Samsung might have changed its plans as well, though. And as for availability, we’re, of course, expecting the Galaxy F to be sold on all four major U.S. carriers.

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Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

that's my Dream ... It is the best smartphone

2. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah... For the few days or so...


Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

So ... That's enough for me .... LOL

35. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

At least when we buy it, it incorporate the best technology.... unlike other company product, that could still sell 1 years old technology (or even older) as their flagship device.

64. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Haven't seen samsung related article for a while. Almost apple story very hour.

28. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

F means FCK U iPhone.

45. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

again same galaxy design... where are old samsung wave series, omnia series designers?

52. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Saying its the best smartphone is subjective. In my opinion there are all around better smartphones available. I think the best smartphone of this year will be the " McLaren".

66. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

You did hear that it is highly likely to be cancelled, right? Some WP sites are stating it as a fact. Sucks because I was anticipating it also

67. shahulvm

Posts: 124; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Me as well

54. itsrajib

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

could have been my dream too if it came with Sense like UI not Touchwiz BS!

3. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

iPhone 6 will kick this junk out of the competition. Yeah, I'm serious!

4. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Name several if any reasons why....

7. Lampriya

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Best design ever, greatest quality, world's most advanced os and 1 flagship only yearly. need more?

8. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Good quality I can expect. apple puts everything they have into the iPhone, but most advanced os is a no. iOS has its awesome qualities but by no means is it as you claim it to be "world's most advanced os" and as far as design goes it's all about what people want so that's all up to personal preference.

10. gynorm

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

you mean iOS copying android the past 4 years most advance OS ?

14. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I have to agree with you but I feel everyone takes a little from each other. It's a give and take (though I feel like with apple lately it's been more take)

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

1 flagship yearly doesn't change the goodness of the device........

17. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

So is the 5.5 inch the flagship, or is it the 4.7 inch?

19. Zack20

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 10, 2013

I agree about the 1 flagship yearly thing. It is good for all tech savvy people out there, who want the latest smartphones in their hands, and feel cheated when a better one comes out every few months. The rest ALL of your points are personal opinions dude. Not everybody thinks iphone has the best design (it's good, but not best, acc to me)

44. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Hahaha...with 60% components from Samsung I suppose.

65. willard12 unregistered

3 x opinions, 1 x facts If 1 flagship per year somehow makes a phone better, why not 1 phone every 3 years? Palm must be great, they haven't released a phone in about 3.5 years.


Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

How you can be so interesting >?..

36. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

iphone... mediocre screen resolution for years.... same screen size / resolution for years.... same limitation for years.... yeah, i don't think so...

69. Ukim93

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

Lol. I bet iPhone 6 will have a worse hardware than Galaxy s4 not to mention s5.

5. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

another ugly phone from samsung .......

24. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Agree The S2 was thier best design.

6. Darnelll

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I want these specs in a phone that is the size of the iPhone 5. Why must phones continue to get so large?! I hate it!

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Z1 Compact

30. Darnelll

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

The Z1 Compact is better than all the over minis, but its not top end specs anymore. The Z3 Compact isn't rumored to have snapdragon 805 either. I'm talking about top end specs (maybe not screen res, no point having Quad HD on 4 inches, but 1080 would be nice) with premium processor, camera, and memory. I was actually gonna switch to the iphone 6 until I learned it was going to get bigger.

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