Samsung launches a variant of the Galaxy S5 with a Quad-HD screen, LTE-A and a Snapdragon 805 Processor, but only in Korea

When the Galaxy S5 launched, there was widespread disappointment about the lack of innovation, as the rumors preceding the S5 predicted that the S5 will have a Quad-HD screen. While the jury is still out on whether a Quad-HD screen actually provides a visually perceptible difference over a Full-HD screen at small sizes, nevertheless people wanted something new.

High End Specs

It seems that Samsung is acknowledging that a spec-bump was needed and so it has announced a version of the S5 that has got a higher pixel-density 5.1 inch Quad-HD screen (Which even has a higher ppi than the G3, at 576 ppi vs the G3’s 538ppi, not that it matters much) , a Snapdragon 805 Quad Core Processor which is coupled with 3GB of RAM. All in all, pretty powerful specifications, but it is only available in Korea, Samsung’s home-ground. The original S5 contained “Only” a Snapdragon 801 processor (Which didn’t offer very significant performance improvements), a Full-HD screen and 2 gigs of RAM. It has also got support for LTE-A (LTE Advanced, a faster LTE which can provide speeds upto 225 mb/s).

Is this the S5 Prime?

All these specifications are pretty identical to the rumored S5 Prime, which was reported to be a premium-version of the Galaxy S5. The design remains the same, though, unlike what the rumors predicted.

The Home-Ground Advantage

Samsung has a bit of history releasing certain phones in Korea before it releases them to the world. Take the G Flex, for example: Samsung wanted to see what the response will be to a curved phone and so only released it in Korea and only then in other parts of the world. It will only be available in South Korea, with no word on release in other countries. However, we think that Samsung will roll it out in other countries soon.


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