Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A debuts with 5.1-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 – Is this the Galaxy F?

By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 18, 2014 08:48 AM EDT

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Samsung has officially unveiled a Galaxy S5 LTE-A model, boasting many of the specs rumored for the purported Galaxy F, or Galaxy S5 Prime.

Numerous rumors lately have been hinting at a Galaxy S5 Prime version, later referred to as the Galaxy F, which would sport higher-end features such as a QHD display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and finally boast a metal design.

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The purported Samsung Galaxy F has yet to make its debut, but the company has just introduced a new smartphone called the Galaxy S5 LTE-A. The new model sports many of the specifications rumored for the Galaxy F, save for the metal design, and it remains unclear for now whether the Galaxy F is still on track or this is it.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be exclusive to Samsung's home country of South Korea at least at first, carrying a price tag of 940,000 KRW, which would translate to roughly $920. Samsung made no mention so far regarding when or if this new model would eventually reach other regions other than its home country.

In terms of specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A really seems to be the much-rumored Galaxy S5 Prime, aka Galaxy F, which was expected to rock a QHD display. The newly-unveiled model boasts a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels at 577 pixels per inch (ppi), which is a higher pixel density than the LG G3.

Under the hood, the handset packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM, just as it was rumored for the Galaxy F. The smartphone further features 32GB of internal storage capacity, complete with a microSD card slot for additional memory of up to 128GB. Connectivity-wise, the new Galaxy S5 model supports Korea's LTE-A band, with download speeds of up to 225Mbps.

The rest of the specifications remain identical to the original Galaxy S5, which means that it has the same 16-megapixel rear camera (without the rumored optical image stabilization), a 2-megapixel front shooter, a 2,800 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung's own UI on top. Other features include fingerprint and heart rate sensors, USB 3.0, NFC, IR blaster, water- and dust-resistance with IP67 certifications, and all of the pre-loaded goodies such as the Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, Private Mode, and S Health.

While the Galaxy S5 LTE-A seems to have many of the specs rumored for the Galaxy F variant, one notable absence is the metal design. The new Galaxy S5 model comes with the same plastic, textured shell as the original flagship, with no sign of a more premium material in sight.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be available in six color options - Charcoal Black, Copper Gold, Electric Blue, Glamour Red, Shimmering white, and Sweet Pink, but it remains unclear when it will hit retail. Samsung posted a press release announcing the new handset, but for some reason it has apparently taken it down in the meantime.



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