Special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A to come with a fancy new rear shell

Last week, Samsung made the Galaxy S5 LTE-A official -- an even more powerful version of the standard S5 with a Quad HD display and Snapdragon 805 processor. As it turns out, alongside the S5 LTE-A, South Korean carrier KT will be releasing an exclusive, special edition of the model, with an altogether different rear shell.

As you can see, the shell is swapping out the controversial, dotted look of the S5 for one that features a diamond-shaped texture. At the risk of sounding shallow and cliché, we've gotta say we're digging this alternative look more. Unfortunately, if we were you, we wouldn't expect to get our hands on one such version of the S5, especially if you live outside of South Korea, which will be the only country to enjoy the high-powered Galaxy S5 LTE-A. 

In related news, perhaps there isn't a whole lot to be sorry about -- in our experience, a Quad HD resolution on a 5.1-inch display is a complete overkill, not to mention that the SD805 chip on-board mostly fails to deliver any major performance gains, which is likely the result of that very same, extraordinarily pixel-dense, screen. We expect that battery life has also suffered a blow. Oh well, gotta keep that perception of superiority or, at the very least, parity, for sales to keep rolling we suppose.

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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. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Looks like what I use to grate my cheese.

8. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

oh boy! if it's spots, it's a band-aid if it's checkered, it's a cheese grater if it's going to be a metal, it'll prolly look like your kitchen sink right? I am not saying you are one, but of late, I've realized Samsung haters do exist just as much if not more than apple haters. I was under the impression that the Sammy fans were just being unnecessarily defensive! When someone does well, I guess that effect is bound to create polarized views. Nature of the world I suppose! Back to the topic on hand, agree with Chris! Quad HD on a 5.1 is an overkill. However, Sammy is just being "business smart" always staying ahead of the competition. It's not like it's got a choice! :)

14. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Erm I did mention that I like the metal version. Please do not kill me with all your fanboysim for I am not the hater you are after thanks:)

17. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

How does that make him a "hater"? Did you read his comment? You blindly used that word and its ridiculous. There was no fanboyism. It is a fact that Samsung has recieved excessive hate.

19. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Agreed. He isn't necessarily one! The statement just reminded me of how much I've seen similar comments made (lot of them with an intent to hate). No insult to the OP! I guess I just used his statement as an example! My apologies to the Duke!

20. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Sorry! I was trying to make a point. just threw your statement as an example! Meant no disrespect!

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7214; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The author should get has facts correct before posting anything. "the SD805 chip on-board mostly fails to deliver any major performance gains" When comparing the SD 805 to the 800 and 801. The 805 is using a new adreno 420 GPU. The 800 and 801 use the adreno 330 GPU.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip) Not to mention the 805 can support memory bandwidth speeds of up to 25.6gb vs the 800/801 up to 14.9gb. And the internal krait cores are different.

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

gos to show america is lacking big time in the phone market,

2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Still ugly like hell..

5. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

they have to change the whole design not rear shell or something

18. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012


3. AtheK

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

seriously PA you like this??? Are you also being different, for the sake of being different?? Hideous design..

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

its a slow morning coming off very slow weekend, why bother showing us this phone if its only in south korea. just put in header optional back covers for the gs5 maybe available soon

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...why bother showing us this phone if its only in south korea." Why you don't say the same when PhoneArena shows something what is only for U.S. ?

4. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The dotted back was already bad enough for me,and yet they make it look worse this time.

6. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012



Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

No thanks one M8 for me

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my opinion it doesn't look good.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The design is ok for me except 5.1 inch screen is too small for me. 5.7 inch is the minimum screen size moving forward.

16. Zapp_B

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

This pattern looks good on the flat portion of the back cover, but it looks really strange near the camera bump and the edges.

21. Metropolis75

Posts: 196; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

If you work in a Sammy factory, job security shouldn't be an issue......for now lol.

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