Samsung one-ups itself with Galaxy S5 LTE-A, let the buyer’s remorse begin (in Korea)


Brace yourself — prepare to be annoyed. Or not.

So, you bought the Galaxy S5 the day it came out. You couldn’t wait to get your hot little hands on the “next big thing.”

Well, unfortunately for you, Samsung has a new “next big thing,” just two months after it released the last one. Disappointed? Confused? Furious? Don’t be, because fortunately for you, the device will be exclusive to South Korea.

The Galaxy S5 LTE-A, (which some rumors have wrongly called the Galaxy S5 Prime), comes complete with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display. Because the screen is still 5.1-inches, the pixel density is a crazy 577ppi.

The processor, a Snapdragon 805, will have four 2.5GHz Kriat 450 CPU cores and the Adreno 420 GPU. It features download speeds up to 225 Mbps, faster than any smartphone out there right now.

RAM is boosted all the way to 3GB, and ships standard with 32GB of internal storage. The microSD slot, of course, can hold up to a 128GB card for expandable storage.

Everything else stays the same, though — a 16MP rear shooter, a 2MP front camera, fingerprint/heart rate sensors, NFC, USB 3.0, IR sensor, 2,800mAh battery (which will now be worn out faster because of the resolution + Internet speeds). It’s water and dust resistant, with IP67 certification, and it still runs Android 4.4 KitKat including Samsung’s Download Booster, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Kids Mode, S Health and Private Mode.

Release date is expected to be June 19 through SK Telecom for 945,500 won ($919 USD) and will come in Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink and Glam Red. KT and LG U+ will be the compatible carriers in Korea for the phone.



About the Author: Harrison Kaminsky

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  • spaul40

    With this product coming out in Korea, we can only assume that some time in the future (probably when the new iphone debuts) this enhanced product will be offered in the USA and other countries. This means that anyone who wants a new Galaxy 5S will wait until after the new iphone comes out which means your sales of the current Galaxy 5S will be negatively impacted. I can name 2 people who will be waiting (myself and spouse). Probably lots more.