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'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 SamMobilepresented us with a juicy leak which firmly suggests that a "premium"version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone is in an advanceddevelopment stage. It is arguably the most detailed look at theunannounced, and previously denied device to date.

The leak begins by reinforcing therumors that the Galaxy S5 shipped with a 1080p display due toproduction problems with the QHD-equipped version. Originally, the S5was being prototyped with a 2K display, but this version wasabandoned in its third revision, which is pretty early in the phone'sdevelopment cycle. It took ten revisions until the S5 was given the"okay", and seven of these had the 1080p display. Thisserves to explain why the phone's last year leaks pointed towards aQHD screen, but as the announcement date neared, a 1080p display wasto be found in all rumors.

We know that Samsung's strategy is todevelop and release a multitude of smartphones and tablets each yearin an effort to cover all available and emerging market niches insight. Given that, pressure from LG's upcoming G3, and how close thecompany actually got to a 2K smartphone before it settled for lessriskier technology, it is entirely predictable that Samsung will findthe time and place to release the Galaxy S5 as it may have originallyintended - with a QHD display. The latest leak hints towards that,and lots more.

For starters, the addition of apreviously unfamiliar Exynos chip is suggested in some models. Thisis the Exynos 5430, which has four Cortex-A15 cores running on 2.1GHzand four Cortex-A7 cores running on 1.5GHz, an ARM Mali GPU clockedat 600MHz, and a display controller trained to handle the 2Kdisplay's many additional pixels. The Exynos 5430 also has a HEVC(high-efficiency video coding) controller that already supports up to8K UHD video (8192x4320) playback. It also boasts a dedicated audioencoding, decoding and processing processor that Samsung named"Seiren".

Additionally, the international versionof the smartphone will rely on an Intel XMM7620 LTE modem forconnectivity. It will support speeds of up to 300Mbit/s downlink and150Mbit/s uplink. This is a big win for Intel, as it marks the firsttime its technology is chosen over Qualcomm's in a high-profilesmartphone. The Korean version, meanwhile, will operate with aproprietary Samsung LTE modem, codenamed Shannon 300 (SS300).

Now, you might be asking whether all ofthis goodness will reach markets outside Samsung's homeland. It'smore likely that Sammy will offer the Exynos-equipped versionexclusively to South Korea's telecoms and perhaps a handful of Asianmarkets, while the rest of the world will get a Snapdragon 805-basedversion. Fair enough, considering the capabilities of Qualcomm'ssilicon.

The leak also contains a clue about ahigh-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 adviceabout taking this information with a healthy dose of NaCl. Althoughthere are pretty solid clues that the upcoming smartphone is indeed apremium Galaxy S5 - such as the fact that the prototype carries thedesignation "Project KQ", and the Galaxy S5 we all know wasreferred to as "Project K", it could end up being a whollydifferent Galaxy smartphone. What we have zero doubt with is thatSamsung is preparing to greet the LG G3's announcement by introducinga more powerful device soon after. The LG G3 is confirmed to featurea QHD display and top-shelf components which will make the Galaxy S5seem so "yesterday" barely a quarter after its release. Andso will the so-called “premium” Galaxy S5 phone, by the way, butthis doesn't matter as long as it's making Samsung money.

source: SamMobile



1. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Bring it! I want to see it not read it!

35. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 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 need: 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: 26; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

i am one of those noobs looking for best mobile performance :D

57. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 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: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Right.! 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: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 60; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Bring it on Sammy, we need choice....many alternatives to choose the best from...

3. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Poor S5 owners..

11. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 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. Oh dear.

14. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

21. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

I can see the light :p

26. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

umm.. sony does do this. they have a six month update cycle.

41. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

58. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

You mean, like Z, Z1 and Z2?

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Samsung should think first that announce all varieties of S5 together so customers can choose it and buy it.

20. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 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: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

but one of those samsung execs confirmed that there will be no "Premium" version of s5.

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

that what Samsung s5 should have been in first place......

59. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 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.


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I think sony'll skip H2 of this year and announce z3 in CES 2015...

23. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Didn't Sony say they are using a 6 month schedule to stick in the game?

28. drazwy

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yeah. They seem to be able to announce every 6 months but they can't deliver on it yet.

32. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But but...still z2 is not available on many markets??? Then what's the use releasing it's successor in november????

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Everything but the design is perfect!

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 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....

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