Samsung Electronics has launched a new variant of the Galaxy S5 with an upgraded screen and faster processor, but for now it is only available in South Korea.The launch of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone back in February was preceded by an landslide of rumors and assumption about the device’s expected specification, including a Quad HD (QHD) screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 LTE-A on Wednesday concluding all the rumours true.The upgraded smartphone features faster connectivity, higher resolution display and faster processor. QHD screen is based on the company’s Super AMOLED technology and measures 5.1 inches, for a density of 577 pixels per inch. In comparison, the original version of the Galaxy S5 that went on sale in April has the same screen size but with a resolution of only 1920 by 1080 pixels,equivalent to 432 pixels per inch.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A sports a QHD Super AMOLED display (2560×1440), 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB RAM, 16MP camera, 2,800mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” It is waterproof, dustproof (IP67) and supports LTE speeds up to 225Mbps. That’s still three times faster than current LTE speeds of 75Mbps in most regions around the world.The new version still has the same dimpled back made of plastic.
Currently, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is available exclusively in South Korea, likely won’t come to the U.S and Europe. It will be initially available on SK Telecom for 940,500 South Korean Won ($919) and eventually on KT and LGU+. The phone will be available in Charcoal Black, Shimmering White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, along with a special Glam Red version for SKT.
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4, which is rumored to launch later this fall, will likely include the same specs as the S5 LTE-A in a larger package.