When I say “sort of” I mean that they have announced another variant of the Galaxy S5 and it comes with vastly upgraded specs, meaning this is more than likely the fabled “Prime” version of the Galaxy S5 that people have been banging on about for a while now. What they have actually called it is the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which really plays down on what’s inside.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A spec wise is a bit of a beast packing a SnapDragon 805 Processor, a WQHD (2156×1440) display and 3GB of RAM. The S5 LTE-A also is dust and water resistant, has the same camera as the normal model and for me it almost sounds like the sort of spec bump I was expecting for the Galaxy Note 4. Although one thing is obvious and that is that there isn’t any metal backplates to be seen, maybe they are being saved for the rumoured Galaxy F.
Basically if you have bought a Galaxy S5 recently you have reason to be angry with Samsung shelving it so soon, but there is one piece of news that might be of interest and that is that the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is a Korea exclusive device at the moment so it’s unlikely to ever make it to these shores.
Samsung Launches World’s First Broadband LTE-A Smartphone
The breakthrough Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A triples network speeds with LTE capabilities and best-in-class WQHD Super AMOLED display
SEOUL, Korea–June 18, 2014–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A, a new smartphone featuring an advanced multimedia experience and the fastest download, web browsing, multimedia streaming and application loading speeds. As the world’s first, commercially available Broadband LTE-A (Cat.6) smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A combines the technological innovations of the flagship Galaxy S5 with new, advanced features and triple the network speeds to produce an unparalleled multimedia experience.
Samsung continuously proves its leadership in the industry by adopting the most advanced LTE capabilities. In 2012, Samsung launched the Galaxy SII, the world’s first LTE smartphone, followed by the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, the world’s first LTE-A smartphone in 2013. Now the launch of the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A, the world’s first LTE Cat.6 smartphone, further extends this market leadership.
“With the introduction of the world’s first Broadband LTE-A smartphone, Samsung continues to redefine its leadership in global mobile market,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A provides users with stronger and faster connectivity united with our notable flagship experience to further demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of our consumers on a global scale.”
World’s First Broadband LTE-A Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A is the first commercially available LTE Cat.6 network service smartphone in world. Equipped with a 2.5GHz Quad Core processor and 3GB RAM, Samsung’s newest device allows users to experience the powerful performance that has come to represent Samsung’s flagship devices. Additionally, the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A enables users to experience triple the connectivity speeds (225mbps) when downloading files, running apps and browsing the internet. With this innovative technology, users can enjoy uninterrupted high-resolution streaming of their favorite shows, as well as stronger and faster speeds when playing games or downloading a 10MB music video, taking as little as 0.4 seconds.
WQHD Super AMOLED Display
With its WQHD Super AMOLED display(2,156 x 1,440), the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A offers an amazing viewing experience with more colors and detail than even that of an HD display. Lastly, the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A comes equipped with the same innovative features of the Galaxy S5, such as a 16 megapixel camera with HDR, Auto Focus and Selective Focus as well as an IP67 rating as well as S-Health and a Heart Rate Monitor.
The Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A will be offered in Korea beginning this summer in charcoal Black, shimmer White, electric Blue, copper Gold, sweet Pink, and glam Red (Only for SKT).
Note to Editors:
Samsung GALAXY S4 LTE-A Product Specifications
|4G (LTE Cat 6 225/50Mbps) : 700 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
|2.5GHz Quad Core Processor
|5.1” WQHD Super AMOLED (577ppi, 2,560 x 1,440)
|Android 4.4 (KitKat)
|16MP (rear), 2.0 MP (front)
|HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot&More
|Audio Codec : MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC
Audio Format: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
IP67 Dust and water ResistantUltra Power Saving ModeDownload BoosterS Health 3.0Quick ConnectPrivate ModeKids Mode
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac HT80, MIMO(2×2)
Bluetooth®: 4.0 BLE / ANT+
USB: USB 3.0
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture(IR), Finger Scanner, Heart rate sensor
Internal Memory: 32GB
microSD slot upto 128GB
142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm, 145g