Samsung Galaxy S5 with 2,560×1,440 screen, Snapdragon 805 CPU listed, may be exclusive to Korea
Before Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 in February, many leaks and rumors said it would come with a 2,560×1,440 touchscreen. However, that didn’t happen, as the panel on that handset is ‘just’ a 1080p Full HD one. So immediately after the big unveiling, rumors started coming in about the Korean company working on a ‘premium’ version of its flagship smartphone, one that would sport that insane screen resolution and perhaps even a metal body.
This has been referred to in the blogosphere as the Galaxy S5 Prime, although that name is far from confirmed. The model number for this handset seemed to be SM-G906, and when you keep in mind that the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5 is SM-G900 that obviously makes some sense. And now someone found a listing on a Hong Kong-based price directory for a Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, model number SM-G906S.
Want to guess what its specs are? Yep, there’s a 5.1-inch touchscreen with 2,560×1,440 (QHD) resolution in there, along with a beastly Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor – though its clock speed is a mystery. The rest of the specs seem identical to those of the Galaxy S5.
According to SammyToday, the SM-G906 is going to be exclusively sold in Samsung’s native South Korea, with three versions prepped: the SM-G906S for SK Telecom, the SM-G906K for KT, and the SM-G906L for LG Uplus. Those are all three carriers in the country, by the way.
Even if this phone launches in South Korea first, it might still come to other markets, specifically some European countries. We say this based on what happened last year. The Samsung Galaxy S4 (model number GT-I9505) launched with a Snapdragon 600 chipset, because that was the highest-end CPU that Qualcomm had available at that point. Later in the year, though, the chip maker launched the Snapdragon 800, which far outperformed the 600.
So in early fall a new Samsung Galaxy S4, with the model number GT-I9506, started showing up in Europe under different names – one of them being Galaxy S4 LTE-A. That made a bit of sense then since the Snapdragon 800 chipset supports 150 Mbps LTE, compared to ‘only’ 100 Mbps in the case of the Snapdragon 600.
And the one difference between this new Galaxy S4 and the old model was the CPU used. So Samsung may be doing the same thing this year, this time also changing up the display resolution. If past mumblings were right and the reason for the ‘normal’ Galaxy S5 not getting a QHD touchscreen have to do with yield issues in producing the panels, perhaps Samsung has fixed those and is getting ready to intro an upgraded S5 model that will be able to battle it out with LG’s upcoming G3.