Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A now official with the world's sharpest, 5.1'' Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805, and 3GB RAM


After months of Galaxy S5 Prime-related leaks (now known as the Galaxy F), Samsung today finally went ahead and released a device that pretty much hits the nail on the head in terms of what we were expecting.

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.

Powering the monstrous IP67-rated (dust- and water-resistant) S5 LTE-A is the very latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm -- the 2.5GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 805 with an Adreno 420 GPU (40% bump over its predecessor) -- along with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. That particular chip, according to Qualcomm, is specially-crafted for the ultra high-def era, and should provide killer performance, despite the millions more pixels it has to work. 

The rest of Samsung's most advanced smartphone yet overlaps completely with what the now outclassed Galaxy S5 has to offer -- a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera, a fingerprint sensor, a heartbeat monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. As the name suggests, the device also supports LTE-Advanced network speeds of up to (theoretically) 300 Mbps, though the network in South Korea, where the S5 LTE-A will be available (exclusively, probably), supports 'just' 225 Mbps.

Wrapping this up, there's one important part that's missing: the S5 LTE-A's body is not made out of metal, as we were expecting from the Galaxy F (a.k.a Galaxy S5 Prime) -- just the usual polycarbonate. Whether this means that a possible Galaxy F is still in the works, or the rumor mill had it wrong this time around, remains to be seen.


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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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80 Comments

1. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

poor Galaxy S5 Customers :D :X hahaha

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's why I suggest against Samsung devices because of this.

12. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 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: 408; Member since: May 24, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 49; Member since: Sep 18, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 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: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So you want to promote sub-par screen and walled OS phones eh iSalesman. Nice try but NO!!

66. iushnt

Posts: 3108; Member since: Feb 06, 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: Apr 16, 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: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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: May 21, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 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: 1678; Member since: Feb 11, 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: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 54; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Poor what? this won't be sold in the US anyway We don't have LTE-A here

75. blingblingthing

Posts: 972; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Feb 12, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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...

58. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Unless you live in South Korea..

63. jsdechavez

Posts: 803; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

The smaller the pixels, the dimmer they get.

5. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

'just' 225 Mbps this JUST is far beyond my dreams...

6. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 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: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Cant wait till sony (or Nokia i mean Microsoft) makes something with these specs!!!

10. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

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