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Galaxy S5 'Prime' revealed: is this the LG G3 killer? [Update]

Galaxy S5 'Prime' revealed: is this the LG G3 killer? [Update]

We put our money on the existence of the Galaxy S5 Prime long ago and our friends at Sam Mobile just leaked the official existence of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime with full specs sheet, even if it's just being called the Galaxy S5 LTE-A. The article including the information was promptly pulled but not before we got our hands on all the juicy information you want to know. The question is: is it enough to beat the LG G3, and what are current Galaxy S5 owners going to have to say about it? [Update: the Sam Mobile article has been reposted, minus the specs table]

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We've got a full specs sheet for you below – but at this stage don't assume anything is absolutely final, as Sam Mobile must have pulled the article for a reason – but it seems safe to say these will be the final specs. A 5.1-inch QHD display with a G3-beating 577 pixels per inch, quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU at 2.5 GHz with Cat 6 LTE downloads speeds of up to 225 Mbps and Adreno 420 GPU. That's a bunch of firsts for you right there. Oh, and 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal with microSD expansion up to 128 GB. Woah.

AndroidPIT Galaxy S5 LTE A 2
© Takor/Samsung
System Android 4.4.2, TouchWiz
Display 5.1-inch, Super-AMOLED, WQHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 577 ppi)
Processor Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 2.5 GHz
Internal Memory 32 GB plus microSD up to 128 GB
Battery 2,800 mAh
Camera 16 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
Connectivity IR, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, LTE-A
Dimensions 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight 145 g

Other specs stay the same as the existing Galaxy S5 (Samsung have to keep something for the Galaxy Note 4, right?), so you'll get the same 16 MP camera – but no mention of OIS – water-resistance and dustproof IP67 certification and the heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner. The device will apparently be exclusive to South Korea at launch, which is supposed to be June 19th on the SK Telecom network.

[Update: 11:20 AM Berlin time 18.06.2014]

The original source of the specs listed above, Sam Mobile (link below), have now reposted their article, but removed the specs table with no explanation. Again, we urge you to exercise caution when accepting these specs as fact until Samsung confirms them officially.

What do you think of the Galaxy S5 Prime specs? Thoughts on Samsung's marketing strategy?

Source: Sam Mobile

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  • Samsung’s first smartphone with a Quad HD display, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, is now getting updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow today in South Korea.

  • Samsung hasn't even committed to a N.American release.If they are it better be soon.Before everyone gets locked in on a contract on the LG G3.With that amoled screen,805 snapdragon and 32gb of storage it could hurt lg's sales.But if the rumor of LG changing course and is going to use the 805 snapdragon.I would go with the LG G3 DUE to my LG G2 being such a great phone.And I like the larger screen of the G3.As far as screen resolution they will both be outstanding.I'm just concerned that the snapdragon 801 won't be enough to run that screen properly.

    • Samsung's strategy is obviously to damage the G3's sales in their home market of Korea, but the G3 is already doing quite well, so the S5 LTE-A needs to come out asap (and appeal to those that haven't already invested in the ''normal'' S5). But the lack of support for LTE-A outside Korea makes an international release a different question.

  • Why didn't they release this phone to begin with.Now people locked into a contract just got screwed.Seems like lately Samsung is just crapping out phones and tablets,as if they have a warehouse full of old parts lying around.

    • Lately? That's always been Samsung's approach. I once had a Samsung rep tell me they didn't really care how a device went, if they had one to release they'd release it and move on. A lot of the tech in the LTE-A variant wasn't ready earlier in the year (like the 805) but it would be nice to have a non-penalized upgrade option for the early adopters (usually the biggest Samsung fans).

  • At the present with no waterproofing(no person in right mind would dunk their phone in water, I certainly wouldn't), then probably battery will be removable, as it should be.

  • I'll stay with my Nexus 4!

  • Wonder what the price tag is going to be?

  • wow.what a beast

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