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Samsung SM-G906S Appears in Benchmark With QHD (2560×1440) 5.2-inch Display, is It a Premium Galaxy S5?

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In mid-March, shortly after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 to mixed reactions, their mobile boss, JK Shin, told Korean press that his company was not working on an ultra-premium version of the phone. The question was posed to Shin because rumors (benchmarks too) for months leading up to the launch of the GS5 pegged Samsung as introducing a potentially new premium line of devices, one of which sported a QHD (2560×1440). We even saw apps from a Galaxy S5 ROM mention WQHD, but yet, the device came with a 1080p display instead.

With the Galaxy S5 now days away from an international retail launch, speculation over a premium line is back, thanks to another benchmark. 

According to a listing at GFXBench for a phone under the model number SM-G906S, Samsung has another device in the works with a 5.2-inch QHD display and Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.5GHz (APQ8084, Adreno 420 GPU). The device also runs Android 4.4.2, has a 15MP camera (16MP?), and a 2MP front camera. In other words, it sounds like a beefier version of the GS5. For reference, the Galaxy S5’s model number is SM-G900.

While benchmarks should never be taken as a confirmation of anything, they are often right and do lead us down a path of information that isn’t typically available until a company announces a product. Scores and info from GFXBench have long been one of our best resources.

So what do you guys think? Is this the new premium version of the Galaxy S5?

samsung QHD benchmark

Via:  GFXBench
  • Joh

    This probably the Korean or general Asian version. Don’t they always get a better version of the Galaxy S?

  • http://www.ytmnd.com MH

    Premium as in build materials?

  • Grizzy

    All the haters crack me up..

    This actually seems like it has potential to be an awesome device. I definitely want to see it in action.

  • teeerex

    Take my moneyyyyy!!!!!

  • Alfredo Manuel Gonzalez II

    This would be great now I am going to wait instead of the G5!!!!

  • Charlie R.

    If this does end up being true, I imagine it would be for Korea only. I don’t think they would release something anywhere else to take attention away from the S5.

    They did the same thing last year with the S4, I believe. The S4 was announced and came out, then a few short weeks later they announced a better version of the S4 with LTE-A and more, but was released in Korea only.

    • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

      POSSIBLY, but I think comparing the “typical” S4 to the Korean S4 with LTE-A is much different than the SM-G900 and SM-G906S we’re talking about here…. having an extra band is one thing, this is certainly two different phones being compared, and *should* not be sold in South Korea only

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    I would love to try out S5 with CM11!

  • KID ANDROID

    It’s the Galaxy supreme series

  • chris125

    This is probably their F line that was rumored to becoming this year

  • Dave

    I smell a Net10 exclusive S5!

  • Arty McBert

    Quad HD is so pointless on a small screen . This is just another stupid megapixel war that we saw on digital cameras.

  • Christopher Webb

    Looks promising, but why would the camera not have HDR, and touch to focus or auto focus? Seems like those have become a standard.

  • blahblahblah

    Blah blah blah it’s plastic. Blah blah blah TouchWiz. Just shut up. If you’re not gonna buy the phone then move along and go jerk off the HTC or Moto articles. By the way, YOUR HTC One (2014) (M8) sucks, and so doesn’t your 2010 spec’d Moto X. If you hate Samsung, then don’t even post. Just keep your C.S. shut and let people that will enjoy this phone, talk about it.

    • George264

      2010.. you mean 2012
      how does the M8 suck?

      troll

      • 213ninja

        i’ve been reading this blog pretty much since inception. he’s not trolling.

    • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

      AMEN, sick of the bashing when we all know where the chips will fall this year (just like the past years) in Samsung’s favor

    • Jkdem85

      I recall you bashing a few other posts about non Samsung phones…

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Samsung should only release one S5 and it should be this. There are a few more Companies (LG, SONY, MOTOROLA) *project ara* if they’re planning to release by 2015 before i think about leaving my N5 ^_^

  • João Grácio

    Galaxy s5 with a Plastic unibody ??? ;)

  • Poison

    This has my attention. I’ll be switching to AT&T to get the S5 on launch. Hopefully this releases the same day. My Verizon M8 will hold me over until then.

    • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

      This will not be releasing the same day, if you get the S5, you will not be able to get this as your return policy window will close before this comes out, likely at least a month from now or more

      • Poison

        That’s usually my luck. Either way, I’m still looking forward to the S5 launch. As long as I’m getting away from Verizon, I’m cool with whatever.

        • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

          Well welcome to the wonderful world of SIM swapping phones! Verizon is good service, but most things being equal, AT&T wins just based on the fact that it’s a true GSM provider

          • Poison

            I agree. Not to mention the fact that all of my family and friends are on AT&T. So it will save me quite a bit just being added on. Not to mention, since I live in St.Louis the only providers to really go with are Big Blue or Big Red. How do you know this particular device won’t be released close to the S5 launch date?

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            There’s a number of reasons why this won’t be released same day as the S5 or within at least the first month (mid May) – JK Shin responded that there is no S5 Premium model, and he’s 100% right on that…. at the time he said it at least! There WAS no premium version, and there won’t be until the S5 has gone through initial sales, why cut themselves off at the ankles if they’ve invested X amount of millions on development of this model that most aren’t exactly thrilled over?

            They WILL release this (or at least I’m betting on it) eventually, and if it is in this new unofficial Galaxy F line of phones, they’re not going to do it with the expectation of lopping off a distinctly huge chunk of sales that the S5 could have…. My theory? This will be a mid to late summer launch with at least a $100 premium price over the S5 to prove they can and will listen to the masses

          • Poison

            Either way, I’m jumping the Verizon ship for the AT&T S5. If this is an actual “Premium” version of the S5 I think it would be silly to wait on releasing it. Not everyone out there is a “die hard” Android user. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference between a premium S5 and the regular version.

  • Dominick White

    Note 4 Mini?

    • r0l

      That would be extremely hard to pass up. Right feature set, right size.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I don’t understand what folks would expect from a “Premium” Galaxy S5…..the screen specs are negligible…other than than how would this device bet any different? At the end of the day it’ll be a slightly bumped S5, but with the same software…. Isn’t that what it boils down to? The software? It’ll be the same phone…

    • bobbyp

      The SD 805 and Adreno 420 are definitely not negligible upgrades.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        And how in your daily use would they make any difference?

        • Adrynalyne

          Yup.

          Edit: Yup, as in I agree with you.

          I’d like someone to show me one place where even the S800 isn’t way overkill for the situation.

          • Grayson

            Well, all of the S800 phones are noticeably smoother and faster than the S600 and S4 Pro phones, so clearly S800 isn’t overkill. If we didn’t notice a difference in speed between the Nexus 4 and 5, or GS4 and 5, or M7 and M8, then yes, I would call them overkill.

          • Adrynalyne

            But I am not saying that S600 is overkill. S800 has a different GPU that is quite an improvement (not that anything challenges the 320 even), plus it is quite a bit higher frequency.

            Im talking about S800 vs. S801, vs. 805. Nothing has even challenged 800 yet.

          • Grayson

            I suspect Samsung will find ways to challenge even the 801 with their bloatified software :P

          • Adrynalyne

            True story, LOL.

        • bobbyp

          In my daily use it wouldn’t. I could still get by with my old Droid Bionic for daily use to be honest. The fact is though the SD 805 and Adreno 420 are significant improvements.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Over the 801? I doubt that. Between your Bionic and this yes, but not the S5. I just can’t see it.

          • The Narrator

            On a bloated Samsung device? No.

            On a Sony/LG/etc, most certainly. :)

          • Adrynalyne

            To what?

            Its like placing a Ferarri in a residential zone. Sure it can go really fast, but its limited to 25mph. No software is out there to take advantage of even an S800.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            yeah, but even then, the Ferrari looks better than that minivan you’re driving :P

          • Mike H.

            Perhaps this new phone will be completely water and dust proof. Didnt DL say an active version was in the works?

          • Adrynalyne

            Hey now. I don’t drive a minivan, LOL. Granted, I don’t drive a Ferarri either :p

          • bobbyp

            Hey drive a mini van!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I think they’re referring to the build quality when they say premium. If I remember correctly there was a rumor a few months ago that Samsung might do this with the Galaxy S5.

    • Jkdem85

      may be all metal, which definitely matters to a large percentage of buyers.

      • LionStone

        Imagine a metal clad, 4k display… It’ll pull even more apple users away from Apple.

        • PoisonApple31

          And they’ll be all whining how they can’t receive text messages from other iPhones because they didn’t turn iMessage off on their old device.

          • LionStone

            Oh man :-)

  • flosserelli

    Don’t forget:
    Bloated UI ✔
    Lagalicious ✔

    • 213ninja

      i didn’t see that in the benchmark…

      • Adrynalyne

        Bloated UI and the jank it brings doesn’t get in the way of foreground apps.

        No matter how fast a SoC Samsung uses, until they fix Touchwiz issues, there will be jank in places.

  • Ray

    need some leaks on LG G3

    • me

      Bring it! Thinking of buying a new in box G2 from Swappa or Ebay to hold me over. GNEX is killing me.

      • Shane

        I can’t believe anyone that reads this site regularly still owns that’s piece of crap. You could have bought a used S3 a year ago for probably less that $200 and still been far better off.

        • bobbyp

          Moto X/Nexus/G2 are most likely the most popular phones for people that read this site on a daily basis.

          • Jkdem85

            htc one / m8 as well

        • CaptainCaleb

          Some of us haven’t seen anything that appeals to us right now. I’m ready to get rid of my GNexus, but not for anything that’s out at the moment. No need to be a douche about it.

        • me

          It’s still a great phone. It’s rooted and running CM11 ROM of KitKat. The battery is marginal and the camera stinks, but still does everything smoothly and quickly. I just need to charge when I can, and I keep a spare battery in my bag for work.

      • Ajmobileguru

        Cannot go wrong with a G2 mate…top top phone.Extraordinary battery life.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      True….

      • bobbyp

        I have the G2 and I am really looking forward to the G3 but based on your previous S5 comments it will be a marginal, incremental, and unneeded upgrade. Unless they can get rid of the preinstalled finger print magnets.

        • Ajmobileguru

          Try the white version G2, the finger prints arent noticeable at all and its looks beautiful.

          • bobbyp

            My wife talked me out of the white one and when the phone is clean I do like the black on black screen.

          • Ajmobileguru

            Well the cover options for a black G2 are so much better than the white one. There are hardly one or two good covers for the white version.

          • TylerCameron

            I hate white phones. Bleh.

    • The Narrator

      Phone of 2014. Just like the G2. Kickin ass taking names.

      • guest

        what about the moto x^2 (moto x squared)? you excited for that?

        • The Narrator

          No, unless they fixed the problem of the first one. Bigger screen, higher res, bigger battery, better camera,

          • guest

            what is the “problem of the first one”? or did you mean problems plural and then went on to list what you think they are… “Bigger screen, higher res, bigger battery, better camera,”

          • Israel Ramirez

            the moto x wasn’t meant to be a high tier device with all the latest specs. special niche market so i think the first moto x did just fine despite sales. it has gained a lot of popularity for being a mid-rangedish device.

      • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

        God, piss off you miserable troll…. the G2 was NOT the best phone of 2014, especially not when it came to profits, so give it up and GTFO

        • PoisonApple31

          Huh? He is saying the G3 will be the phone of 2014!!!!!

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            fixed, meant the G2 for 2013 – same as the G3 won’t be for 2014

          • Adrynalyne

            Can’t we all enjoy the choices we make without bickering about which company has the biggest d*ck in 2014?

            Apple has already shown that marketshare doesn’t mean you cannot be the winner. Profits are the winner and Apple, despite their lesser marketshare, has hella higher profits than Samsung.

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            I’d love to stop the bickering – when DL posts an article about a Samsung product, the haters come out of the woodwork to flame it

            You won’t see me starting anything on here without “The Narrator” or some other toolbag trying to dump on Samsung first, I’m exactly trying to just enjoy the discussion on this without all the BS!

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah but you are feeding the problem.

            Bickering requires more than one party to be effective.

          • dannyWHITE

            What BS? People are just voicing that they want to see more on the G3 instead.

          • The Narrator

            Just like half the other comments waiting on the G3. Go suck Samsungs cawk somewhere else. SALES mean nothing. End of story.

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            Profound as always.

          • asfsasdf

            only in one quarter q2 and q3 samsung had higher profits

          • Adrynalyne

            Proof?

        • dannyWHITE

          Geez….someone is a Samsung troll

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            yes, a “troll” with 1K more upvotes than you…. people love upvoting trolls, don’t they?

          • dannyWHITE

            Wow…you obviously have waaaaay too much time on your hands to be keeping track of your upvotes lol

          • PoisonApple31

            It’s real hard to do when Disqus counts them and displays them for you.

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            Wow, it was so hard to scroll over your blank profile picture and then mine and compare…….. SOOOOOOOO much time spent doing that!

          • XboxOne

            Your parents must be proud of you kid.

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            Very.

            PS4 > XboxOne too BTW

        • j

          That argument.. is flawed. Madonna was the highest grossing musical act of 2013, but would you consider her the BEST?

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            Would I? No, not my taste, but am I accepting of the fact that according to the GENERAL POPULATION, they believe her to be the best based on the fact that they voted with their wallets? ABSOLUTELY! That’s the logical assumption as to why she received the title “highest grossing”

            Argument valid.

          • a) youth.in.asia

            Apple is the richest company, yet owns <20% of smartphone market share. Because customers "voted with their wallets" means they're the best? Having <20% market share doesn't seem to agree

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            Wow….. Did Apple sell the most smartphones last year? No, Samsung did. Just as they have been outselling Apple worldwide for years now. Pay attention here – “richest company” =/= highest sales, which is what I’m trying to explain being the determining factor as to which company / model phone would have been the “best phone”

          • mcdonsco

            Seriously? She was?

          • michael arazan

            I thought it was GaGa, but after reading up Madonna grossed most of her revenue from merchandising then concert venue’s

        • The Narrator

          Did I hurt your feelings?

          • https://twitter.com/KryptosXLayer2 KryptosXLayer2

            No, you are a douche, don’t feel special

          • The Narrator

            I feel special when people cry because they can’t deal with the fact that the phone who obviously didn’t sell hundreds of millions is better than the one that did.

        • XboxOne

          U Mad?

      • Poison

        Yeah, I owned the G2 for less than a week. Wasn’t impressed, at all. It’s a far cry from being the “best”.

        • The Narrator

          Not everybody can handle the beast. You should get a Mini, might fit your needs.

          • DainLaguna

            SO happy folks with this type of attitude are part of the android community

          • Poison

            No…..YOU should. The last thing that I need is some ignorant internet troll telling me what I need. Thanks, but no thanks. Oh, and FYI….the G2 sucked. Like I stated before, I wasn’t impressed. I think what you meant to say was “Not everyone can handle that POS device”.

  • dannyWHITE

    G3 is still at the top of my list

    • mcdonsco

      If it weren’t for the rear buttons it would be mine as well…I just sold my g2 for that reason…really liked the phone but the rear buttons I could just never get used to.

      • dannyWHITE

        Understandable….not everyone can be a fan of it.

      • bobbyp

        The rear buttons are actually really nice. I set my volume the way that I want and hardly use them. Having the knock feature is fantastic too because you are never trying to find the power button.

        • mcdonsco

          I did like the knock feature, but I am constantly changing the volume through out the day and it just got old.

          • SplashMTN

            I never use the buttons on the back to change the volume. You can do that in the notification panel. If I had to use the back buttons for everything I’m sure my opinion of this phone would be different.

          • bobbyp

            Agreed!

          • mcdonsco

            Well, for me…it got annoying whether it was using the rear buttons or using the screen for those controls…I couldn’t get used to it.

          • SplashMTN

            I can see how that would be annoying then. It’s definitely not for everyone. I do hope that all manufacturers start including knock on/off on all new phones/tablets. I was surprised to see it on the M8.

          • mcdonsco

            That I did like! Seems like a simple app could do it..surprised its not on the play store yet.

  • Justen DeBowles

    This definitely has my attention. Not for just being samsung… but for the power contained within! Plz be true, because I don’t want a GS5 as a replacement for Note 2/Iphone5 pair.

  • Shhhh

    Premium S5….not android though so not a Galaxy branded device…

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’m so confused by your comment

    • 213ninja

      the benchmark says 4.4.2

  • zepfloyd

    Galaxy S6. Coming in October to take on a (likely larger) iPhone 6.

    Why? Because Samsung, that’s why.

    …now I’m not sure if my joke is a joke or a possibility.. ffffffuuu….

    • PoisonApple31

      I like it. “The Galaxy FU”

      • The Narrator

        “Release after S5 to FU customers in the A”

        • LionStone

          lol! Killing me :-)

    • JoshGroff

      Note series comes out then, so I doubt they’d launch it side by side with the S6.

    • Cael

      why not the Galaxy S5S or the Galaxy S5+?

      • guest

        cuz it’s da same thing

        • Adrynalyne

          Except for the higher resolution, more ram, and different SoC. Pretty sure that defines it as a different device.

          • guest

            nooooo! galaxy s6 = galaxy S5S = galaxy S5+

            those are just 3 different names that could be given to the same purported device this article is about

          • Adrynalyne

            Mind = blown.

          • guest

            hahah

          • Cael

            Unless Samsung pulls a Sony and does a flagship every 6 months and then the real Galaxy S6 is released in March/April 2014 with a 4K S6+ in the later half to compete directly with Apple.

          • guest

            true! now my mind = blown

    • LionStone

      Exactly, no joke, because they can! Remember how fast they went back to the drawing board and shot out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to make it a hair thinner than the new iPad at the time? Machine.

  • Colton

    25gb storage is not random at all

    • vj1824

      probably formatted storage

    • TSK

      It would be 32GB standard, 25GB of usable space, 7GB assumingly eaten up by TouchWiz

      • Colton

        that makes sense. I figured in things like this they would just say the 32gb. thanks though!

  • muddy46

    Im holding off for the OnePlus official launch on 4-23

    • Orion

      That phone is on my list.

  • Ian Dunn

    All I want is a Verizon galaxy S4 Kit Kat update :/

    • Mike H.

      Not gonna happen. My g2 will likely never get it since Verizon would hate to steal any thunder from either the m8 or s5. Which then a potential mystery device, iPhone 6, or note 4. See where im going with this.

      • Adrynalyne

        Nothing in either of those updates would cut into new phone sales.

        Most of the people who have bought G2s and S4s already have and are not looking to the S5 or M8 as an upgrade.

      • Cael

        Once the other stores sell the M8 and the S5 comes out, Verizon won’t give a crap about the M8. This will be Verizon’s care schedule
        M8 > S5 > G3/Z2/S5 > S5 > Droid/iPhone/Note 4

  • mcdonsco

    I’ll be getting a gs5 on launch day…if this turns out to be true; and doesn’t come out for weeks/months after the gs5…I’ll be bent.

    • LionStone

      They will pit this against the iPhone 6 directly as a coup de grâce because you know the ip6, at best, will only have a 1080p finally, but the screen on this thing will crush it clearly and emphatically.

  • Chief738

    S5s

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    Oh god i hope so. After hearing you guys and personally using the M8, Im not considering getting it anymore. And the S5 is meh. But a premiuim S5 or whatever is called would be at the top of my list