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Report Details Samsung Galaxy Device With Intel Modem and QHD Display in Advanced Development Stage

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According to the newest report out of SamMobile, Korean manufacturer Samsung, is working on a new Galaxy device, even higher-end than the Galaxy S5, to be marketed against LG’s upcoming G3 flagship phone.

Previous reports have stated that Samsung did initially want to release the Galaxy S5 with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, which would make it one of the most technically-advanced smartphones ever released to the public, but due to production issues, they instead had to settle with a 1080p display. LG is now reportedly set to launch its own device with QHD technology, meaning Samsung is stuck playing catch up, a position which it is usually not found in. 

As stated in the newest report, the upcoming Galaxy “KQ” device could be launched within the next quarter, with International and European variants’ LTE connectivity being powered by a new Intel modem. If that plays out to be true, this would be the first major modem release for the chipmaker, as Qualcomm currently has somewhat of a monopoly on the market.

Intel-Modem

As for a US variant, a Galaxy device with model number G906S, powered by a Snapdragon 805 chipset which is intended for Korea could possibly be tweaked and then released in America. For those concerned about specs, SamMobile has slapped a “confirmed” tag on a couple of specifications, including the device’s 5.2″ QHD display and LTE connectivity across the globe. 

As reported, the device is in advanced development stages, with Samsung eyeing it as a direct competitor to the LG G3 device. The G3 has been reported to feature a QHD display from the beginning of its hype cycle, with the OEM reportedly intending to unveil the device in May, then release it in June.

With reports building on top of each other for a new rendition of the Galaxy S5 with a QHD display, even with Samsung executives denying any such thing, anyone looking to purchase a smartphone at this time might want to stay their hand until more details become available.

It will be important to see how companies are compensating for the power consumption needed to power a QHD display, with the space for batteries becoming even more limited with the introduction of larger camera sensors, heart rate monitors, and countless other doodads.

Update: As stated in the original report, it is an Intel LTE modem that is to be in this reported device – not a full SoC. This post has been updated to reflect that clarification.

Via: SamMobile
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    Cost USD4.20 each ,the exactly high quality leather flip cover for samsung Galaxy s5 with 5 different color, coffee, black, white, blue, dark blue ,it is a protector also to be a battery cover replacement.,it is from gadget2us

  • teeerex

    This is exactly the reason why I waited on the S5. The specs that were rumored were true but Samsung had problems with them initially, that’s why they went with the version that is out now.. I’m glad they didn’t just push out a device with a QHD screen and 3 gig of ram cause we all wanted it lol. I can’t wait to see what this bad boy will look like :)

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    “LG is now reportedly set to launch its own device with QHD technology, meaning Samsung is stuck playing catch up, a position which it is usually not found in. ”

    Tables turning? It’s usually…well it’s always the other way around with these 2. Is little bro finally about to trump big bro?

  • SamBoy

    Since when does a camera sensor take up so much space that it limits how big the battery can be? I swear some of the stiff I read hear us just………

  • Dave

    This must be the device the chief of Samsung denied over and over again? Haha.

  • Cael

    I’d still go LG before Samsung.

  • Arty McBert

    It’s only a matter of time before they put 4K displays on smart phones while those of us who want anything over 1080p on laptops and computer monitors are either left with paying an arm and a leg or screwed over. I hate this stupid pixel war on smart phones, at least put it on devices that actually make a difference.

  • chris125

    Thing is only a small amount read these tech blogs and care about bleeding edge specs. 99% of the people who bought the s5 will be happy and won’t even know this device exists. There won’t be as many upset people, as some on here think.

    • pyro74boy .

      I can tell you that if I just put down money on a brand new phone only to find out that a better phone exists I would be mad as hell so don’t go speaking for everyone.

      • chris125

        Once again read my comment. Not everyone reads sites like these and even knows about the phone. You would be part of the 1% that keeps up with all these phones. And will the s5 all the sudden stop working or work any less than it did when you bought it? Nope, so don’t get your panties in a bunch over it. Plus I thought everyone who visits this site hates Samsung anyway so you probably have a nexus 5, Htc m8 or moto x anyway lol

        • pyro74boy .

          I did and I don’t agree.

          • chris125

            You don’t have to agree but it’s the facts. Same with those who root and rom are a tiny minority

          • pyro74boy .

            It’s not a fact it’s your opinion.

        • pyro74boy .

          I don’t like Nexus devices and never have and can’t stand the Moto X and Don’t have the M8 so it was very dumb for you to make a stupid claim like this. I have the Samsung Note 2 so don’t go putting words in my mouth because you walked yourself into this with no help from me at all.LOL

          Also like I said speak only for yourself because I happen to know a lot of people who don’t go on these kind of phone internet websites who still want the latest and greatest phone so this proves you wrong. It would be one thing if you where only talking about yourself but trying to speak for others with no ACTUAL PROOF is real stupid and you just got called out on this LOL

          • chris125

            I can provide the same claim as you. I know people who work in various carrier stores and they tell me about their customers. Not to mention walk around and ask most people about phones and they will have no idea about some rumored or upcoming device. Clearly if you could read I never said everyone is that way, let me state this maybe a little more clear for you, you and “the people you know” would be that minority. You can LOL all you want, it doesn’t change anything.

          • pyro74boy .

            You trying to act like this is a fact and it’s not. It was also very dumb of you to try to make a stupid claim that I’m a Samsung hater. LOL because now you’re making a stupid claim that I can’t read when I NEVER made any such claim that I hate Samsung and where trying to judge me and claim I own phones that I don’t and never have owned. LOL You’re comments are getting dumber and dumber each and every single time you post because the people reading the comments agree with me and not with you. I know I’m right about this but you’re just to narrow minded of a person to try to understand anything. Let’s take a poll to see how many people would be mad after buying a brand new device only to find out that a new better phone comes out only a few short time afterwords.

            Remember some of us like me are forced to buy these phones at full retail price and are stuck having to pay top dollar for their device. I think it’s silly for someone like you to assume that only people who go to sites like D.L are going to care about this because these phones are going for $600 dollars plus so it’s very stupid for someone like you to make such a stupid claim in the first place.

            Sounds like someone like you is all butt-hurt that you just got your M8 or GS5 and was told at the store that you where buying the best phone only to find out that phones like the GS5 prime and LG G3 are coming out soon and you’re crying over the fact because you just singed your 2 year agreement and are stuck with an outdated smartphone. LOL Take this up with your wireless provider not with me. LOL

          • chris125

            Hey I am in the same boat. Unlimited data so I pay full retail, luckily none of the latest phones have really impressed so I am ok with waiting a month or two and saving a couple hundred bucks by buying it used. Nice try though, butt hurt? ha No neither the s5 or m8 feel like a big enough upgrade for me to purchase. Not to mention I usually upgrade 2-3 times a year, so I wouldn’t be upset if something “better” came out, it happens all the time. I haven’t signed a 2 year contract in years, so who is the one putting words into people’s mouths? You are the one who came on here crying acting like the “butt-hurt” person. Once again does the device you just put money down on all the sudden stop working? Not to mention there has been these rumors going around for months so since you claim to want the latest and greatest, you of all people should have known what devices were right around the corner. Nice try though…

          • pyro74boy .

            I’m not butt-hurt or crying my points have been proven. I’m sorry but I’m not rich like you are and can’t afford to buy a phone 3 to 4 times per year at full retail price.LOL That’s way to much for any person to be spending on a phone. I can think of so many different ways to waste my money. I guess if you’re rich like you then it does not matter LOL and then I guess I could see your point. But come on you don’t have any numbers backing up anything you say. I’m willing to put all my cards out on the table and take a poll to see how many people would be very upset right after buying a brand new M8 or GS5 only to find out that a different model has already replaced it in such a short amount of time. This was even talked about on the Droid life podcast before. Go listen and then have fun crying afterwords LOL

          • chris125

            Far from rich. I sell my phones when I get another and it’s just like I’m getting upgrade price. Plus unless you take this poll outside of the web all it will prove is those techies who frequent sites like these feel that way.

          • pyro74boy .

            The results will make you cry. LOL

      • PoisonApple31

        Any person with half a brain should understand if you buy at the beginning of the year, it’ll be old by the end of the year. Of course a better phone is going to exist at the end of the year!

        • pyro74boy .

          But this phone has been rumored to be coming out sooner then later. I have heard that this phone might be out by may or June.

          • PoisonApple31

            Yeah, those rumors. I think those people can be mad if this new phone carries the Galaxy S moniker, otherwise its fair game.

          • pyro74boy .

            I’m one of the lucky ones who still has unlimited LTE data so I’m stuck paying full retail for these phones so putting down $600 or $700 bucks on a phone only to find out that something better comes out in a few short weeks or months is still a HUGE deal for someone like me. It looks like I made the right choice buy not going with the GS5.

          • PoisonApple31

            I don’t have unlimited data on Verizon anymore, but I did buy the Note 3 at full retail, so I understand your pain. GS5 and One M8 just seemed like an extension of last year’s devices, nothing about them screamed 2014. I think you made the right choice as well by waiting.

          • pyro74boy .

            Do you agree or disagree that some of these phones are being sold for way to much money full retail? because when I went to go try to sell my Note 2 last year it was less then a year old at the time and they where not willing to even give me half of what the phone was truly worth and the phone was in mint condition and never was dropped or anything. I got so mad at the sales person.

          • Ajmobileguru

            Did u try trading it or Selling on Amazon?.Trade ins are always huge ripoffs. Try selling it on Amazon and u will be surprised as to what people are ready to pay for an old phone..sample this…I sold my VZW S3 with light scratches in Dec 2013 for $240 (that’s 18 months after its release).

          • pyro74boy .

            I will have to try that. Thanks for the advice. Yeah everyone else is going to insult me by trying to low ball me to death trying to tell me that my phone is not worth what it truly is.

  • pyro74boy .

    I feel sorry for anyone that already got The S5. LOL I’m sure glad I waited for my next phone because I’m already due for an upgrade and don’t want anything but the best.

    • BeLogical

      As soon as you buy “the best”, another phone will come out…

      • pyro74boy .

        I’m not debating this.

        • BeLogical

          I win!

          • pyro74boy .

            I was not trying to debate this in the first place so you did not win. My point was and still is that when people go out and spend top dollar on a phone they expect it to be the best phone for a while not to find out a few short weeks after words that something better comes out. I am very well aware that new and better phones are always coming out but I was only debating the timing in the way there phones are coming out. This is why I decided to wait to buy my new phone at least until I see phones like the prime and G3. Only a fool would try to argue this.

          • BeLogical

            Didn’t you just argue and debate? Just messing with you…

  • http://BGR.COM/ riggs

    One step closer to Tizen.

  • Ray

    Where is Rochard Yarrel… i miss that troll if that is possible?

    • K

      Richard Yarrel?

      • Ray

        yeah that guy

        • The Narrator

          Don’t summon that creature

          • Ray

            Haha

  • Ryan N

    Samsung, please, focus your efforts into 1 or 2 flagships and stop with the monthly/quarterly iterations. If you aren’t comfortable with a phone’s specs, don’t release it. You’re sure to piss off any s5 users by outdoing it so soon.

  • Clint O

    Locked Bootloader +knox counter = no thank you

  • Ray

    Samsung you lied

    • Franklin Ramsey

      How did they lie? One of their higher ups said there wasn’t going to be a premium version of the Galaxy s5. I assume this will be named something else, like Galaxy F or something. Just because they said there was not going to be a premium version of the s5 doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be releasing any new phones ever again.

  • Chris

    bought a regular s5 but im not that mad because no way im getting 6+ hours screen time and 24 hours on heavy usage on QHD display and 5.1 inches is big enough as it is

    • jimbob

      Your mom doesn’t think 5.1 inches is big enough.

      -Sorry, had to do it. Just too easy not to.

  • jbdan

    Man this summer is going to rock!

  • BillySuede

    can’t wait for the note 4 leaks. keeping my note 3 in pristine condition until that fateful day…

  • bobbyp

    How do people accuse LG of copying Samsung this time if Sammy is the one playing catch up?

    • chris125

      Well technically Samsung had a QHD display in production they just had issues with it. Just because they released one phone, like the article says they were testing others, just couldn’t get good yield numbers.

    • The Narrator

      Well, technically, Oppo is first. They did have the first 1080p display too.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    SamMobile team member here: it’s actually an Exynos processor with an Intel chip, not an Intel processor itself. Might want to change that. :)

    • nate

      Yeah, modem ≠ processor. It has an Intel LTE modem not an Intel SoC

    • cizzlen

      per sarge

  • SeanPlunk

    Intel modem but Exynos Processor in Korea and Snapdragon S805 in the States.

  • Nikko

    Glad I didn’t jump on that gs4s I mean gs5 lol feel bad for anyone who did

    • The Narrator

      Yep. G3 is definitely what to look forward too.

      • pyro74boy .

        Maybe we will just have to wait and see. Samsung also seems to come out with their best hardware at the end of the year so don’t count them out because the Note 4 is also going to be at the very least one of the best phones of the year.

        • The Narrator

          Lol, it wasn’t last year, so I don’t expect it to be this year.

          • Colin Huber

            Just curious, because you seem like an extraordinarily intelligent human who offers great, tangible, relevant and well-backed advice on comment boards, what’s your rationale?

          • pyro74boy .

            I think many people can make a very safe argument that the Note 3 was one of the best phones of last year at the very least. But I know that getting you the Narrator to ever admit the truth is hopeless.LOL

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            No, that title belongs to the G2.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com Intellectua1

            Yea right.

          • pyro74boy .

            Not really. I think I would rather have a Note 3 or last years HTC One. Are you the Narrator ? LOL

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I could see some liking the Note 3 for the size, but the G2 has the best specs out of any non-phablet of 2013. 13MP camera with OIS, 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB standard storage, 3000mAh battery, 5.2″ display with the smallest bezels, and wireless charging on the Verizon model.

          • pyro74boy .

            Not saying the G2 is a bad phone it’s just not my phone of choice. Wireless charging is not a deal breaker for me. The G3 looks like it’s going to be a great phone but I’m still waiting to see if it can out perform this upcoming phone and remember the Note 4 really might be the best phone of the year because Samsung always seems to keep their best secret in terms of hardware for the end of the year. My Note 2 even though it’s showing some age is still a very smooth running phone and has the best battery life that I have ever seen vs any other phone I have used.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I went to the G2 from the Note 2 as well, after having the Note 2 since it was released. I loved it, but the G2 absolutely blows the Note 2 away in every aspect.

          • pyro74boy .

            That’s your opinion but in no way a fact. I have gone well over 3 days on pretty heavy use on my Note 2 before it needed charging and have gone well over a week on light use I have NEVER had that kind of battery performance on any other phone that I have ever owned., It’s not even fair to try to compare these two phones because the G2 is the newer of the two.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Have you even owned the G2? I find it hard to believe you are bashing the G2 and saying the Note 2 is better when you’ve never owned both. Again, I have, and the G2 is better in every way, even battery life.

          • The Narrator

            Saying 720 > 1080p, I can’t take that guy seriously. He’s riding Samsung’s dick pretty hard.

          • pyro74boy .

            Quit putting words in my mouth I NEVER mad any such claim you moron.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            He’s talking about how you are saying it’s all opinion that the G2 is better. It’s a fact that 1080p is better than 720p.

          • pyro74boy .

            And when was I trying to debate this did I ever say that 720p was better then 1080p? please quote me saying this? It’s still your opinion that the G2 is better but not a fact.

          • The Narrator

            My G2 lasts me longer than my old Note 2.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Exactly, same here

          • pyro74boy .

            Good for you do you want a cookie? LOL

          • The Narrator

            Apparently you want one. Defending Samsung pretty hard, it’s funny.

          • pyro74boy .

            I defend them because I have had the best luck with them. There is no hidden agenda here on my part In fact i was using all the other brands before I touched anything made by Samsung and so don’t treat me like I’m a fan-boy. Do you know what I say if someone asks me what the best phone on the market is? I tell them to go to a store like best buy mobile and try ALL OF THEM and then pick the one that best works for them. I’m not like someone like you who says that LG is the phone that god uses and that everything else sucks but then again I’m not getting paid to post my true unbiased opinion like you do. LOL!!!!!

          • pyro74boy .

            When did I bash the G2? I said it’s not my phone of choice. You are putting words in my mouth. Quote [Not saying the G2 is a bad phone it's just not my phone of choice] LOL

            Please tell me how this is bashing the G2? LOL

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            I was referring to you saying how the Note 2 gets awesome battery life (which is does), but it sounded like you were implying that the G2 gets worse battery life. Specs don’t lie, the Note 2 is a low-res, large display that has a horrible blue/green off white tint, no AWS for fast LTE, and came with half the flash memory.

          • pyro74boy .

            You assumed that. I NEVER made any such claim so don’t speak for me because I said it had the best battery life vs any other phone that I owned. I have used the G2 but have not owned it so don’t assume ANYTHING until you have facts supporting anything. And for the record the G2 is a nice phone I will agree with you about that but saying it’s the best phone is going to far. The best phone does not exist because I can find flaws with every single one of these phones including the N2.

          • Brian Slaughter

            Better read those spec comparisons again

          • The Narrator

            No use arguing with somebody who refuses to believe the truth.

          • pyro74boy .

            Don’t make me laugh you’re the biggest fan-boy on DL and there is more then a few people who will agree with this statement. LOL

            Don’t you dare accuse me of what you do every single day on this very site. LOL

          • The Narrator

            Over bloated software. Terrible camera with no OIS. Huge bezels making it non usable. Fake leather. No thanks.

          • pyro74boy .

            Trying to argue with a very narrow minded person is useless. LOL

          • MicroNix

            That’s not what Phone Arena said. In fact, it was the G2 with a terrible camera. Even the S4 was rated higher, LOL! Might want to do some research next time before trying to blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

          • michael arazan

            Exactly, most Android sites called the Moto X the best phone of 2013.

    • joe23521

      Indeed. Glad I decided to hold off.

      If this does come out soon, they need to offer GS5 buyers a way to upgrade, especially after officially denying this device over and over.

      • BillySuede

        not everyone reads tech blogs, dude.

        we represent a very small portion of the buying public, the rest of them had no idea about any rumours of a galaxy prime being released. samsung never confirmed anything, never announced anything so therefore their feet can’t be held to the fire over a mythical phone that a few tech geeks were frothing at the mouth over.

        • joe23521

          I understand they never confirmed anything. But I believe they did actually deny its existence right around the GS5 release. GS5 buyers who based their decisions on that denial would have every right to be upset.

          • pyro74boy .

            I agree with you %100 percent because I almost got the GS5 last week and would have been so mad if I spent my money on the GS5 if there is any truth to this rumor.

          • Mike H.

            Yeah I was about to buy one two days ago….glad I didn’t. However this may be the phone to get on contract because I can only imagine the 1200 off contract price haha.

          • PoisonApple31

            Different product line, again people are just foolish to upgrade at the beginning of the year when all the new stuff hits around Summer each year.

          • BillySuede

            this may be true but you’re in the very small minority who even knew there was a rumoured phone for samsung to deny the possible existence of.

            the average person who represents the majority of people who will buy a smartphone don’t care one iota about stuff like this and samsung knows that therefore the only people ‘harmed’ by this are the few who devour news from tech blogs and those who simply have to have the latest and greatest. those people who register barely more than a speck on a balance sheet.

  • The Narrator

    Will be made of plastic and touchWiz so will be awful but sell well because everyone who isn’t me is stupid.

    • Ali Bazzi

      Get out of your mom’s basement. It’s nice outside.

      • The Narrator

        Gotta love fake accounts!

        • Ray

          that’s when you know your popular/hated when you get fake accounts lol

          • The Narrator

            It’s pretty hilarious lol

      • The Narrator

        Are you afraid of the truth? This will sell but only because of marketing. If anyone had half a clue, they’d wait for the G3. Not sure why the G2 scored lower than the S4 and S5 in the camera tests but I still say its the best.

        • The Narrator

          At least the fake account speaks the truth, lol

          • pyro74boy .

            Are you admitting that you have more then one account? LOL GET READY TO BE BANNED LOL

          • The Narrator

            I’m never getting banned. But thanks for your comment.

          • pyro74boy .

            Only time will tell. LOL

          • MicroNix

            Never say never.

        • pyro74boy .

          Are you having fun spending you payroll check from LG? LOL

    • The Narrator

      Trolls with no grammar skills. Hilarious!

      • rals

        HA Pot calling the Kettle Black….

        • The Narrator

          Somebody who makes fake accounts is a troll more than me.

  • Guest

    Wont this be a slap in the face to everyone buying the current S5 if in a few months this is released. Almost like the Razr and Razr Maxx fiasco a few years back. Instead they just need to admit they couldnt get it in time and have it on the Note 4 or S6.

    • rawr

      If you wait for the next best thing (lol) you will be waiting forever.

      When you make a purchase (phone, car, etc) you realize that down the line there will be something newer, bigger, better. So when you make that purchase, it is because you thought it was worth the money you spent (regardless of what comes next).

      • The Narrator

        Yeah, I’m not sure why people are surprised.

    • shooter50

      why is that? Are you so naive to think that whatever you buy this month wont be surpassed by another phone probably within less than 90 days? Sure, I understand if you can only afford 1 phone every 2 or 3 years you may be unhappy, but in that case, you’ll always be unhappy. Face it, technology changes faster than most people can afford to change with it. Is this a slap in the face? No, its reality for many people.