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Samsung Boss Denies “Premium” Galaxy S5 is in the Works

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What’s that? You were still ignoring next month’s Galaxy S5 because months of rumors claimed there would be an ultra-premium model on the way with a QHD display and metal body?  Samsung Mobile boss JK Shin told Korean media that there is no such device and that reports of its existence are “wrong.” That’s disappointing, but are you surprised at his denial? No. 

I’m not saying that I fully believe that premium version of the Galaxy S5 is on the way (also known as the Galaxy F, according to rumors), but there is no way Shin is going to admit to this phone being a reality when he’s trying to sell millions upon millions of Galaxy S5 phones in a matter of weeks. Can you think of a better way to kill sales of your new phone than by admitting you have a better phone coming shortly after it? I can’t.

Shin did mention that we should expect a new Galaxy Note model in the fall, which is exactly when the last Note was released. Galaxy Note 4 hypebeast, go?

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  • K F

    that’s a shame, i was looking forward to that S5 premium model. I hope JK reconsiders his decision.

  • Ari Ermawan

    If JK Shin telling the truth then we can conclude that Galaxy S5 is the maximum that Samsung can offer in the near future.
    Therefore, he should be worried by now, as Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to overtake Samsung in a big way.
    The spec differences are obvious.

    Sony Xperia Z2 has the Built-in FM Radio Hardware (no need to use streaming which eats data & battery), 3GB RAM, 3200 mAh Battery, Noise Cancelling headphones, Level 8 Waterproofing, 20.7 MPixel Camera, Premium Finish Product.
    Also the Speakers are 2-channels (Stereo) and both are placed in front, facing the user.

    These are impressive specs that makes people suddenly talk about Sony mobile devices.

    • Tim242

      You are delusional. Consumers don’t care about Sony, or those specs.

  • Jee

    Sigh. Imagine a world where OEMs focused solely on the hardware and firmware only, and let Google deal with Android. Also, imagine if all carriers do is verify that the new phone can cannot to their network. But nope, everyone has to dip their hands in everything and mess it up.

  • Adam B

    I would actually consider getting a Galaxy phone if it looked like the one in the pic.

    • EffAnEx

      Says the guy who will just put a case on it anyways :P

      • Adam B

        My N5 doesn’t have a case on it. I don’t see the point in covering up good industrial design with a cheap piece of plastic. If ElementCase made a good case for my N5, i would possibly reconsider.

        • Tim242

          The Nexus 5 is plastic…

          • Adam B

            Looks better than a pimply backed S5

          • Tim242

            You would like to believe that. The S5 back looks like the back of the N7 2012. The dimples aren’t as big in person. I have held it. You…just a typical fanboy that thinks his plastic is superior. *eye roll.

          • Adam B

            I see what you’re doing here, good sir. I would not say that I’m a fanboy as I do not pledge allegiance to a specific OEM or line. Nor do I think plastic is superior to the metal back of the pic in the article. You have a good day, sir.

          • Tim242

            Metal is terrible for a phone, especially the cheap aluminum they use in phones. It is weak. It gets hot easily, and it gets super cold easily. It is heavy, and does cause signal issues in some phones. It is truly pointless.

          • Guest

            I said good day, sir.

          • Tim242

            Of course you did. You got hit with facts you couldn’t dispute : )

          • needa

            lol. you care about signal and you prefer samsung? rofl. now that is funny.

          • Tim242

            I have never had an issue with signal. With side by side tests, same db as Moto. Inflated bars does not equal better signal.

          • needa

            of course you havent and of course they were.

          • Tim242

            They sell more phones than all others combined. Use common sense. People wouldn’t continue to buy them if signal was an issue.

          • Mark Mann

            I have iPhone to prove you wrong… Sales mean great marketing, nothing more

          • Tim242

            Are you saying you caved to marketing?

          • Mark Mann

            Not at all, my daily driver is the xperia z, but I can see where you could misinterpret what I said, I’m saying that that is why the iPhone and the galaxy series sell so well… It sure isn’t build quality(gs) or software(iPhone)

          • Tim242

            You are missing the point. If people didn’t like the build quality, they wouldn’t keep buying them. I don’t want a metal or all glass phone. Not once has a customer ever said a bad thing about Samsung or iPhone build materials. They don’t care. Only OCD blog whores b!tch about such things

          • Mark Mann

            People are too easily swayed by the marketing, samsungs build quality is crap but people keep buying them because OMG smart video! And OMG look at that guy, he’s cool! I want what phone he has!

          • Tim242

            A plastic battery cover does not equal bad build quality. Bad build quality is a glass backed phone. You have to use a PLASTIC case to cover that Z1. People buy Samsung phones in our store for two main reasons: 1. Display 2. Camera. The marketing stuff that you like to “blame” never comes up.

          • Adam B

            Wow, you’re still at it. With 17,000 comments I do believe you are the “OCD blog whore” that you are referencing, just with a different set of preferences. If I were a praying man, I’d pray for you.

          • Tim242

            17000 in 5 years, most of which were shaming fanboys : )

          • Adam B

            Look in the mirror good sir, you are a Samsung fanboy. It’s okay, we’re all android fans here – that we have in common. You’re amongst friends. Why seek out people to shame rather than constructively support each other’s interests. I enjoyed my GNex. See what I did there? I found a common ground. Supporting our shared interests and not attempting to shame you. I’m going to spend time with my family now, I suggest, perhaps you try the same.

          • Tim242

            I find common ground with people that come here for conversation, or questions. I have no patience for the people that come here claiming that the plastic on the back of their phone of choice is better than that on another device. I have no patience for OCD people that nit-pick about small details, while ignoring what really matters.

          • Zachary Wood

            I have a droid RAZR Maxx that is crapping out fast and was a little disappointed about the s5 but I’m not impressed with the htcone new or the g3. Is the s5 a good upgrade?(and i stillstill am able to keep Verizon unlimited data)

          • Swifty

            How can you say you’re not impressed with the G3 when LG hasn’t even released any information about it yet? That’s like me saying I’m disappointed in Windows 9 even though none of us have seen anything about it. That being said, speculations of the G3 put it ahead of the S5 in almost every single way, so how can you be more interesting in upgrading to the S5 than the G3? I’m just tying to understand your logic right now…

          • Tim242

            It’s LG. Besides, how do you figure it will be ahead of the S5? It may possibly have the 805, which will have no noticeable difference from the 801. But having the 805 isn’t even guaranteed. It will have the same amount of RAM. The S5 camera will spank the G3 camera. The G3 will not be dust/water resistant. It will not have the best in class Amoled display. It will still have LG’s crappy UI that is far worse than TW. It will still have the stupid buttons on the back and knock on that won’t work half the time. Need I go on? You questioned his judging something before release, then did the same thing yourself. Typical fanboy response.

          • Swifty

            “It’s LG” is a horrible reason. The G2 was the best and most powerful overall phone on the market, and owners of it only ever sing praise of our. I do indeed figure it will be ahead this time again. Let’s look at what almost everyone is certain will be in the LG G3. It WILL likely have the 805 since LG put the latest processor in the G2 when it first came out. It will likely have 3 gb of RAM as opposed to 2. It’s almost certainly going to be water and dust resistant. On top of that, the fact that it will have a 1440p QHD screen instead of a 1080p screen like the S5 meaning it would have 1.6 MILLION more pixels at twice the ppi. Where are you getting your information from? Because I’ve been getting money from dozens of tech websites. By the way, I hope they keep the buttons on the back. With Knock On (which does work, and will only work better with the 4.4 update), you rarely use the buttons. Because of this, the sizes of the phone are perfectly smooth from top to bottom. Like I already said, the S5 has everything about it confirmed. THAT’S why I can judge it. Nothing has been officially confirmed for the G3, THAT is why you cannot. All we have are leaks for the G3 right now, but all of those leaks point to a phone that will be once again the best on the market.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, you are getting your information from the same websites that said the S5 would have 3GB of RAM and 1440p. 1440p over 1080p in a 5″ phone would do nothing but waste battery. BTW, that is not 1.6 million pixels, or twice the PPI. You are making sh!t up You have no idea when the 805 will be ready. They just said 2nd half of this year. That could be December. You say almost certain water and dust resistant. Why? Because LG copies Samsung so much? You have no other basis for that claim. As far as RAM, you have no idea what it will have. Knock on sucks. Every reviewer said it rarely works on the first try. Sit down now.

          • Swifty

            Aww, I made a really good response to your post twice explaining the mathematics behind my statistics. But Disqus failed to post it both times. I’m too lazy to type it again for a third time, so just trust that my statistics are correct, except for the ppi one. That was off of memory and I was accidentally using an earlier calculation for the iPhone. But the difference between the S5 and the G3 is still around 150 ppi. So yeah.

          • Tim242

            You have to know that PPI gets to be overkill after a point. PPI over 300 is detectable by very few human eyes. PPI over 400 is just a p!ssing contest.

          • Swifty

            Power is power, and if anything the QHD screen will simply force LG to upgrade everything else in their phone. A SnapDragon 805 to deal with all the pixels, 3gbs of RAM to make sure the phone doesn’t lag from having to deal with all of the pixels, and an updated GPU to make prettier pictures for the display. The fact that the G3 has a QHD also means they will put pressure on OTHER companies to make better products to compete with such innovation. In the end, we all win as consumers. Regardless, cell phones would have to upgrade to 2K and 4K eventually. They can’t just stay 1080p forever. So why not start the future today?

          • Guest

            If the S5 had the 805 you would sing its praises up and down. I admit im an LG fanboy but i recognize other devices out there atleast and give them credit. And your right it will not have the best AMOLED display because LG does not use it LOL. And finally I can argue so many issues about the Note 3 and S4. There are issues nothing is perfect. Its technology get over it.

          • Tim242

            No, I would not be singing praises of the 805. Just the same as I am not going to say that all phones with the 800 are slow. I am not a big processor whore. All modern processors get the job done.

          • droidftw

            The G2 is the best phone I have ever owned. The battery life is incredible, the button placement is great, the screen is amazing, the camera is damn near perfect, the LG UI isn’t half bad, the speed of the phone is insane. I really can’t think of a single thing to do to the phone that would make it any better other than adding a dedicated multitasking key to the soft keys.

            The G2 is the first Android device I have owned without complaint. I’ve owned a D1, D2, D3, Xoom, Original Samsung Galaxy Tab (before Honeycomb), Motorola Xoom, and the G2.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, you have only owned sh!tty moto devices and the very first Android tablet. Of course you had complaints. It’s hard to take you seriously when you praise the G2’s button placement and say the UI isn’t half bad. Those are literally the two main complaints customers have.

          • droidftw

            Everyone I’ve talked to with a G2 has liked the button placement. The UI isn’t half bad. You are able to disable most of the features and you rarely see the LG UI other than the notification bar colors and quick controls. I use Aviate as my homescreen replacement but the LG home is best of the skinned Android launchers (allows themeing and other customization).

          • Tim242

            Even with a lot of stuff disabled, that notification shade is a mess. LG’s UI is a bad attempt of copying Touchwiz. The button placement is the main reason for the return of the device at my store. Knock on rarely works on the first try, and customers don’t really care for it. The G2 had worse sales than the One, that should tell you something. I’m glad you like it, but don’t pretend that it is a great device in all aspects. BTW, if you use the cord that came with it, wash your hands thouroughly after you touch it. It is loaded with poisonous lead.

          • droidftw

            http://puu.sh/7yr0z/932e46e374.jpg

            I’m not seeing the mess.

          • Zachary Wood

            If the buttons are set up like the g2, its a no for me. Can’t do the buttons. Its not for me.

          • Swifty

            Fair enough

          • Tim242

            I have the S4. I’m going to upgrade at full price to keep unlimited. The camera is what I look forward to the most. The S4 camera is great, but that S5 camera is even better. I played with it for a few minutes before my coworker snatched it haha I love the feel of the back. I like my phones naked, and it felt good in the hand : ) Coming from the RAZR Maxx, you will get a huge upgrade in display quality. I think it would make you happy. But, you may have different needs and tastes. After you play with it, let me know what you think.

          • Zachary Wood

            Well mine is camera and battery. My Maxx is soooo buggy and slow and the battery is terrible after 2 years. So I like the camera speed and quad core and screen.

          • Stone Cold

            Well said.

  • MichaelFranz

    It would of made S5 adopters very upset and maybe cause them to lose future business. Although with it being confirmed as a not in the works thing now people who were anticipating it might jump on the S5 instead of waiting.

  • Intellectua1

    Glad that rumor is dead.

  • Cesar

    Fine by me. I’m more interested in what Motorola’s cooking up anyway.

    • Nexoduss

      Calm down. I think its hard to get excited about a phone that will be a year and a half behind its competitors. Whether specs truly matter or not, there is a point when the just become too terrible to ignore.

      • imlip

        it’s even harder to understand if you haven’t used the phone.

        • Nexoduss

          I had the phone. Sold it because the camera sucked as did the battery life. The phone was and is average at best.

          • Cesar

            Yet I see nothing but praise everywhere from Moto X owners. I own one myself and it is easily the best phone I’ve ever owned. The battery life is better than any Galaxy S model I’ve experienced, and many of my friends who own a Galaxy S3 or S4 are reaching for chargers when my Moto X is still going strong. I admit that the camera isn’t the best, but it’s not nearly as bad as people want to make it out to be. The specs may be “mid range,” but I find my phone running just as snappily as any “high end” phone. All that plus Moto’s software enhancements (Active Display and Moto Assist are my favorite things about this phone) come together to make a fantastic phone that doesn’t need to have high end specs and cost an arm and a leg.

          • Nexoduss

            Okay if youre happy with it thats great. Im not. The g2 is an overall better phone and its not much more money. I think you get more for your money with the g2. The battery life and the camera are amazing. And rooted you can make it look stock while keeping lgs useful features.

          • Tim242

            Fanboy response.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            But the Moto X isn’t aluminum, so obviously it sucks :P

            /s

  • Tyler

    Sounds like they are going to pull a RAZR /RAZR MAXX sort of deal.

  • The Narrator

    Not surprising.

  • Michael Bassett

    Of course no premium Galaxy S5, it will be a Galaxy S5p! Totally different model!

  • 213ninja

    anyone know where to get that wallpaper?

  • Havoktek

    Damn that’s a shame….something created that would make people really take notice…if it were real. However I look at this like our government,…They make you believe that there dumb and things aren’t happening and aren’t real….but then BAM! here it is…..A new Galaxy S5-A+ premium business class executive edition plus shows up!!

  • dannyWHITE

    Just gonna have to wait on that G3!

    • Nexoduss

      But my g2 is amazing. Its gonna be hard to justify this upgrade.

      • Swifty

        Trying to decide between keeping an amazing phone, or buying a slightly more amazing phone. It’s a great day to be a capitalist :D

        • Nexoduss

          Murica! Get the g3 for the simple fact that you CAN

          • Swifty

            Precisely :D

  • KleenDroid

    There is no need to make the phone out of metal. It would accomplish nothing other than making it heavier which is not a good benefit.

    • Supraman21

      It would accomplish making the phone more sturdier and premium feeling. The heaviness is a plus’s sense most people denote heaviness with quality. I can’t believe people complain about a phone being too heavy. A slap of solid steal the size of a phone still wouldn’t make my hand tired. Lol using metal only makes it a couple OUNCES more. Oh and don’t tell me about signal interference cause my HTC One has absolutely none…actually its resecptiong has been better than my plastic GS3

      • KleenDroid

        Buy what you want.

        But you missed my point. It doesn’t matter if it is a little heavier or not, the point is that it doesn’t matter either way.

        The Samsung phones are just fine the way they are.

        And the reception on my S4 is wonderful.

        The only reason many on this site talk about this nonsense is because they read someone else talk about “build quality” and then simply parrot the thought.

        Only blog gurus care about this nonsense.

        If you looked at most phones you would never know what they were made of. You know why? Because they are hidden under a case.

        And if you don’t like cases you would probably be better off with a plastic phone anyway.

        It is a non issue and I’m irritated that I even wasted my time thinking about it.

        • Supraman21

          Of course Samsung will be fine with making the GS5 out of plastic. I’m just saying that a phone made out of more premium materials will make even more people want the phone. Don’t assume that the people on this wesite including me only talk about this “non-sense” cause of reviews. All my friends that have iPhones always say that they will make the switch once Android phones are physically better than iPhones. My first smartphone was a Galaxy S1, then a Galaxy Nexus, and a GS3 after that. I know what a plastic phone felt like and after holding the iPhone I knew what a premium metal phone felt like. Even before I held a metal phone I was making complaints how all my previous phones felt like play school toys. They creeked, they were flimsy, weightless, and they creaked when twisted. Thats why I switched sides and went with the HTC One and its amazing! Everytime I pick up my phone I feel like ” Dam this phone is awesome”. It feels like what I payed. Thats another point, I dont think samsung should be able to get away with pricing their phones the same as HTC, Sony or any other manufacture that uses premium materaisl and also puts time and effort in their design. Rant over

          • Samsungfanlol

            Last time I check? I don’t remember them having so many features pack in a phone and not everyone wants a premium metal phone because they have to worry that if they drop it, it will cause serious damage and the lighter it is the better in my opinion

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        Aluminum and heavy have nothing to do with sturdy – don’t be an idiot. Making the HTC One heavier didn’t make it more durable. It just made it heavier. Doubt me? $1,000 if you can point me out any real world evidence that the HTC One is more durable than the S4.
        I get that many people prefer the feel of aluminum – but it’s a personal preference, like SD card vs cloud, or LCD vs OLED. Has absolutely NOTHING to do with quality, as it does not affect the durability of the phone one iota. Personally, I like phones that are lighter, esp when they’re in my pocket. And if the new HTC One isn’t water resistant, that’s actually a strike against the aluminum.

        • LionStone

          Sealed phones are already pretty water resistant as opposed to a removable back, that’s why the S5 has it now. Remember the DNA also had that micro usb cover… but it will be a plus for S5 owners and the reception quality will be better because it has a beefier antennae.

          • michael arazan

            My OG D1 and Galaxy Nexus have both had full cups of water spill atop of them both and survived with no problems, and I doubt the were made to be anywhere near samsung’s newer phones.

  • Liderc

    That pic is kinda “boss,” wish they made a high end device quality wise. I like the angles on that back of that render, plus the camera looks cool.

    • LionStone

      Agree about front button, but that ‘square’ bezel on the camera lens and flash? Ugh.

  • Adam

    The new Samsung Galaxy S5-S and S5-C

    • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

      this…makes total sense from samsung lol

  • Rob Schoenfeld

    No premium build quality for Samsung that would gave our dumb customers expectations.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Well, I do believe him to a certain degree. It’s quite obvious that the S series is no longer considered as the “top of the line” by Samsung. The Note series seems to be the new top model in Samsung’s lineup. First of all, even though it’s a slightly older phone, the tech spec of the Note 3 is still quite comparable to the S5. Secondly, the Note series has always been more expensive than the S. Lastly, the Note is no longer being considered as a niche device among the consumers now as people seems to be getting used to the concept of phablet (not sure if it’s a good thing or not.)

    • crazed_z06

      Agreed. The Note line appears to be the “high end” Samsung line. Even the Note tablets are above the normal “Tab” series devices.

      The Note 3 specs are still beastly… Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, 32GB Onboard, 1080P, etc

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        And it’s really too bad. It means if you want the best phone Samsung makes, you pretty much have to wear clown pants to carry it around.

  • bobbyp

    Can you just make up a story about the LG G3 for me to get excited about?

    • Dave

      Sure I’ll feel you in. 2k QHD 5.5 screen. 2/3 gb of ram. 801 snapdragon pro. 34,000 mAH battery. Finger print scanner and water and dust restraints. No micro slot. Non removal battery.

      • bobbyp

        I am not positive but I think those specs (screen) would require the 805 but I like the way it sounds. Can you get me a press render too?

        • Dave

          I’m sure the 801 pro will change to 805 pro once it gets close to release date. Sure. But it will take some time.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        34,000 mAH battery? You’d need a backpack to carry it around!

        • Dave

          Good catch. Just edit it.

      • The Narrator

        Its the 805, but everything else sounds right! Expect it to be the top device on the market.

  • Guest

    Its going to be a Sprint Exclusive at first retail around 799-899. Should launch within a Month after S5 launch. Atleast that is what their inventory said.

    • K

      Per Sarge?

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        Of course!

      • The Narrator

        Yes, ridiculous answers that aren’t true usually come from Sarge.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Would it matter? I mean honestly would samsung making a more “Premium Feeling” device make a difference if TouchWiz is pretty much still untouched? I’ve never really had an issue with the look and feel of my S3 and S4…. Touchwiz just drop me crazy.

    • K

      At least they’re sorta improving the look, even while adding more bloat at the same time :/

    • 213ninja

      your entitled to that, but i’m sure that’s irrelevant to Samsung. what if it’s going to run Tizen?

  • Dave

    Now the galaxy note 4 I am waiting for. 4GB of ram too, oh man let the rumors start now.

    • FAL_Fan

      Yeah, UHD (4k) display, 3-4gb ram, 3.2ghz quad or octo core processor with 64 bit architecture, 32 & 64gb with up to 128gb expandable memory, New TouchWiz and newest version of Android, with the same buttons as always.

      • Adam Elghor

        …and an unlocked bootloader on verizon

        • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

          Having a 4k screen is more realistic than that.

          • Cesar

            Having a metal body and on-screen buttons is more realistic than an unlocked bootloader on Verizon.

        • flosserelli

          Triple booting between android, iOS and WP is more likely than that.

      • Mike

        Don’t forget about the awesome fingerprint scanner and heart-beat sensor! ;-)

        • Nexoduss

          And an automatic condom applier

      • The Narrator

        By the time they keep bloating it, it will need an i7-4770

        • flosserelli

          And liquid cooling.

    • flosserelli

      It will need 4 GB RAM because Touchwiz will eat 2.5-3 GB.

      • Dave

        That’s OK. I’ll just flahs rom over it when it’s available.

        • flosserelli

          Then I hope you are not on Verizon, or that will be a long time. Like never.

          • Nexoduss

            Yeah theres like 2 roms for the verizon galaxy note 3

          • Dave

            There’s more than just 2 roms out for the note 3 on Verizon. There are about 6 roms out, probably even more now.

          • Nexoduss

            2 worth mentioning. I have the phone and switched to the g2. Imo its a much better to phone.

          • flosserelli

            Touchwiz derivatives.

        • Ryan

          See thats the problem. You shouldnt have to do that to use your phone.