Samsung has no plans to launch the Quad HD Galaxy S5 LTE-A in the US (or in any other market except Korea)

Samsung this morning announced its very first Quad HD smartphone: the Galaxy S5 LTE-A. As we already told you, the handset was unveiled in South Korea (Samsung’s home country), where it’ll go on sale starting the end of June. Will the handset also be available in other markets, like the US? Well, the answer is "no".

According to Android Central, a Samsung spokesperson declared that “at the moment, there is no specific plan to provide” the Galaxy S5 LTE-A “to the global market.”

Just like the regular Galaxy S5, the S5 LTE-A is dust- and water-resistant, and sports a 5.1-inch display. However, the Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560 pixels) resolution makes the display the sharpest ever, offering an insane 576 ppi density - higher than the 538 ppi density measured on the 5.5-inch screen of LG’s G3.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A also has a more powerful processor compared to the original S5: a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.5GHz.

Later this year, Samsung may introduce yet another Quad HD handset - which might end up being called Galaxy S5 Prime, or Galaxy F, or Galaxy Alpha. This one should be available internationally, though nothing’s confirmed at this point.

source: Android Central

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Galaxy S5 LTE-A
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh



1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah, like, there is really a difference, at all? It's all about who can piss the farthest these days

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Not really, it's evolution. This is how technology moves. When the tech is available, then it will be sold. No one ever says, let me save new tech for a rainy day. They will mass produce it & feed it to the wild as soon as it's available... It is what it is, & that is a GOOD thing!

17. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So it's a good news for Galaxy S5 owners in the other regions, the resale value would retain better.

2. rooster1651

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

This should have been the phone that they released from the start.!

8. hanzawhtet7

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 01, 2012


10. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Qualcomm hasn't started mass production of this chip. No way can you expect a beta in something as widely used as an S5. And also remember this product has to be tested in the wild to finalize specifications.

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1695; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

um...NO...the snap dragon 805 was not available at the time AND the quad hd does ruin the battery life of the phone and it was not available. just wait til next year or wait for the flex. probably the g flex phone will have the 805 and the quad hd.

3. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Coincidentally, at the moment I have no plans to get a Samsung phone. This is what the S5 should have been in the US. See you in 2015, Samsung.......maybe.

11. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You think Samsung had time, heck even the ability to test a SD 805 in an S5 before specifications were finalized?

18. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

I didn't tell them to jump the gun and rush something to market. Its just like last year with their anemic SD 600 offering in the S4. So glad I held out and picked up the G2. Now you have LG playing the same early-to-market game with compromised features in the G3, namely driving a QHD screen with the adreno 330. Maybe the S6 or G4 will grab my attention next Spring.

4. wilsong17 unregistered

american are cheap thats why see in europe is full price while in the usa is different

9. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Eh? No. Are phone plans are different because we have a different model (subsidy).

15. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

For an European, you have a lot of nerves; yeah the US needs to provides less help, that you are right about.

19. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

If our country was the size of Rhode Island, we would have better wireless competition like European countries and the non-subsidy model might work. Wireless was more competitive 15 years ago, but back then you were restricted to your region which usually amounted to a metro area, coincidentally, on the order of the area coverage of a small US state (or European country).

22. willard12 unregistered

Americans live on subsidies from cell phone carriers while Europeans live on subsidies from the government. What's the cost of college tuition and healthcare in Europe compared to the cost in the US? Now who's cheap?

5. wilsong17 unregistered

good news is that since this have the 805 im pretty sure the note will be hdq 3gb of ram and 805 wohoo Galaxy S5 LTE-A vs Galaxy S5: what’s different? First, let’s look at the features that became the object of jealousy of Galaxy S5 users, starting with the screen. The S5 LTE-A features a Quad HD (2560×1440) AMOLED panel, which puts it on par with the LG G3 and the Oppo Find 7. The S5 offers probably the best smartphone display of any phone today, and if the Quad HD LTE-A uses the same tech, it should be even nicer. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is the first device to run on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 processor, which combines four 32-bit Krait 450 CPU cores clocked at up to 2.65GHz, with an Adreno 420 GPU clocked at 600MHz and supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.2, and Direct3D 11.2. If you need a translation, that means you get a slightly better CPU than with the Snapdragon 801/800, but a vastly better GPU, bringing new features and an estimated 40 percent performance jump. There’s also 3GB of RAM, one gig more than on the Galaxy S5.

20. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Yeah it sounds like a beast that I wish my S5 was. Still can't wait to see what the next set of phones performance boost provides.

6. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think because they wont be able to produce qhd display according to demand i guess bcoz of note 4

13. blingblingthing

Posts: 974; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Another great point. QHD amoled and SD 805 processor mass produced? Very expensive

14. hellobib

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

How disrespectful

16. bnick25

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2013

same garbage they pulled last year with the s4 saw it coming a mile away.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

And the whining haters of yesterday, facepalm.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Pretty obvious since the 720p Galaxy S2 didn't come out anywhere outside of Korea except Bell Canada and the S800 Galaxy S4 stayed in Korea as well.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

QHD in a 5.1 inch screen is impressive though.

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