Jun 18th, 2014

samsung galaxy s5 lte-a

Rumors that Samsung would be introducing an upgraded version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 have been running rampant for quite some time. Those rumors are rumors no more, though, as the device — which early rumors opted to name the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime — seems to have been officially unveiled (as early week rumors suggested it would be).

It’s the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, and alongside those upgraded LTE radios (which would make it the fastest smartphone in the world with the ability to download data at up to 225 megabits per second) there are a few other powerful bits under the hood. The Snapdragon 805 chipset (2.5GHz quad-core Krait SoC with Adreno 420 GPU) and 3GB of RAM inside are a vast improvement over the Galaxy S5’s Snapdragon 801 and 2GB of RAM. And let’s not forget the 5.1-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED HD display.

Rounding out the specs are 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot that can hold cards up to 128GB. Beyond all that, though, this is the same device you can buy from nearly every carrier and store in existence right now.

It houses the same 16 megapixel ISOCELL camera as the original, as well as a fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, IP67 water-resistant and dust-proof certification, NFC, USB 3.0 and more. Software brings us Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Samsung’s fitness-focused TouchWiz user experience on top.

Unfortunately Samsung claims to have no plans to sell the device outside of Korea right now, which is somewhat expected if judging by past history. Can’t be mad at them coming out with this improved version of the smartphone if you can’t even buy or use one, eh? But on the off-chance that Samsung does introduce it in more markets let us know if you’d be willing to ditch your original Galaxy S5 for this substantial upgrade in the comments below!

[Samsung Tomorrow Flickr via SamMobile]