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

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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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:02 18

1. AndroidStuff (Posts: 47; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

poor Galaxy S5 Customers :D :X hahaha

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:08 20

4. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:24 22

12. Bootutu (Posts: 228; 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?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:01 8

20. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:17 8

25. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:55 4

33. Gulliver (Posts: 49; 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!!!

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:15 2

57. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:12 1

70. gamblor77 (Posts: 116; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:06 13

21. Astoni (Posts: 649; 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..

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:25 7

28. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 08:25

66. iushnt (Posts: 2259; 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!!

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:15 15

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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:48

17. darkskoliro (Posts: 1090; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 03:21 1

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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:19 2

59. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; 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?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 04:20 3

37. mmmanuuu (Posts: 403; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:54 3

55. drunkenjay (Posts: 1075; 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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:13 2

56. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:45

64. ydl08 (Posts: 47; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 14:43

75. blingblingthing (Posts: 578; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:05 4

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:05 11

3. fzacek (Posts: 2486; 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...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:16

58. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Unless you live in South Korea..

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:37

63. jsdechavez (Posts: 758; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

The smaller the pixels, the dimmer they get.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:08 3

5. james.blunt.1973 (Posts: 40; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:09 2

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:18

9. tango_charlie (Posts: 341; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:14 3

7. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

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

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:21

10. tango_charlie (Posts: 341; 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.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 02:22 7

11. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; 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.

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