Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, a step up from the original and what most likely is the Galaxy S5 Prime or Galaxy F we have heard rumored. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A brings the same design aesthetic as the original, but comes with a 2K display and more impressive internals.
We are surprised Samsung has decided to bring higher specifications to the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, this basically drops the original Galaxy S5 down a notch when compared to the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, potentially forcing Samsung to drop the price for the high-end smartphone.
The similarities with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A are the design stays the same, still has the dimpled back and IP67 certification for water resistance, the 16MP rear camera and 2MP front camera are both still here and the 5.1-inch screen is still the same size as before.
Differences include the display being 2560 x 1440 resolution, stepping into the 2K display battle the LG G3, Oppo Find 7 and Vivo Xplay 3S are already in. This comes alongside new internal upgrades, including a Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU.
The Snapdragon 805 processor is needed for LTE-Advanced to work, the new version of LTE being rolled out in South Korea and a few other countries. This increases LTE speeds from 150mbps cap to 300mbps, but the rollout is currently only being pushed in South Korea, Samsung’s hometown.
Samsung will have the phone available on SK Telecom, priced around $900, it will be coming to other South Korean carriers in the near future. No word on if this will replace the original Galaxy S5 or simply be an upgradable version for big fans of specs, we hope the former so users can get the best experience, instead of choosing between the original and the LTE-A option.