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Samsung Announces Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Korea – Features QHD Display, Snapdragon 805, and 3GB RAM

Samsung took the wraps off a brand new variant of the Galaxy S5 this evening in Korea, one that will surely disappoint and excite many of you at the same time. The new variant is the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, which means it supports LTE-Advanced and incredible data speeds. But that’s not all that is different. No sir, this is the model that you have all been dreaming of.

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, dustrproof (IP67) and supports LTE speeds up to 225Mbps.

I don’t know if we should assume this is the “Galaxy S5 Prime” that headlined rumors for months, but it sure sounds like it is. The regular Galaxy S5 sports a FHD Super AMOLED display (1080p), 2GB RAM, and Snapdragon 801 processor, so you can see how this new model has been upgraded substantially.

Again, this was announced for Korea, so we have no idea if it will ever come to the US. The device comes in Black, White, Blue, Gold, Pink, and Red (pictured).



  • Display:  129.2mm (5.08-inches) WQHD Super AMOLED (2560×1440)
  • Processor:  2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (quad-core)
  • RAM:  3GB LPDDR3
  • Dimensions:  142.0 x 72.5 x 8.1mm; 145g
  • Platform:  Android 4.4 “Kit Kat”
  • Camera:   16MP rear, 2MP front
  • Battery:  2,800mAh
  • Network:  LTE-A
  • Key Features:  Geo News, anniversary reminder, waterproof, dustrpoof, heart rate measurement, health care, deep sleep, fingerprint scanner
  • Colors:  Charcoal Black, Shimmering White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, Glam Red

Press Release (translated)

Top of existing specifications seonboyida broadband LTE-A smart phone Samsung Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘release

  • The world’s first smart phone broadband LTE-A supports the implementation of new technologies
  • Up to three times faster than LTE download speeds to 225Mbps
  • For best viewing experience ◇ ‘Super AMOLED WQHD’ display with
  • Excellent color reproduction and four times clearer than conventional HD resolution (2,560 × 1,440) Implementation
  • innovation from the consumer to maximize ease of use and is equipped with the latest technology
  • Strong performance of the 16 million high-resolution camera, a quick autofocus, such as waterproof and dustproof function

Samsung Electronics is the world’s first smartphone ‘broadband LTE-A’ to implement new technologies Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘and announces authentic.

Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘is the highest specification of existing LTE smartphone smartphone more than three times faster than traditional’ broadband LTE-A ‘and world’s first support for mobile service.

In other words, the existing theory, consumers ‘LTE’ 225Mbps speeds three times faster compared to 10MB one side of the music video can be downloaded in just about 0.4 seconds to showcase at an alarming rate.

Samsung Electronics in 2011 for the first time in Korea LTE smartphone Galaxy S Ⅱ LTE ‘, 2013, there nation’s first LTE-A smart phone’ Galaxy S4 LTE-A ‘releases and this time the Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A’ to launch a global To further consolidate its position as the leading brand was.

In addition, Samsung is looking eyes express more surprises “Super AMOLED WQHD ‘and’ Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘is equipped with a viewing experience that always makes the best.

‘Super AMOLED’ Adobe RGB color standard to represent more than 90% of the color gamut (Color Gamut) 0.01ms excellent by 20% of the LCD response time, 100,000:1 contrast ratio to provide a display of color, expressive presence It is the most outstanding feature, HD resolution four times clearer than WQHD (2,560 × 1,440) by applying a smart phone boasts the highest quality.

Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘from the consumer for innovation and the latest technology to maximize ease of use was also inherited.

AP with 2.5GHz Quad-Core 3GB RAM, powerful features industry-leading 16 million acclaimed high-resolution camera, a waterproof and dustproof IP67-rated summer useful functions and exercise the heart rate check, and you can manage for themselves, such as heart rate monitor existing S5 Galaxy as they applied to the innovative new features.

Samsung Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘smart buyer targeting for Life offers a variety of premium global app package, and 10 films every month until the end of September benefits.

Galaxy S5 broadband LTE-A ‘is 19 days, SKT launched the first through to the next through KT and LGU + will be released.

Cooper is a luxurious gold color (Cooper Gold) Color Charcoal Black Borders on existing (Charcoal Black), Shimmer White (Shimmery White), Electric Blue (Electric Blue), Copper Gold (Cooper Gold) including four suites with a pink back Color is added to a glam red color through SKT will be added. Chulgoga is 940,500 won.

Samsung Electronics said, “the world’s first LTE-A phone broadband era product leadership, Samsung’s mobile market once again proved to the world” and “will continue to reflect the needs of a variety of consumer products, serves a global market leader out plan, “he said.

  • vserve87

    Sounds like some pretty serious business to me.


  • Joe J

    Was hoping that it was 5.3″ but qhd in AMOLED 5.1″ is damn impressive. Root debloat install nova laucher prime. This phone is beastly. LG G3 805 soon to come

  • pyro74boy .

    I want to compare this to the LG G3 and buy the winner of the two phones.

  • Kris

    Is it running something new or the same laggy touchwiz?

    • Joe J

      Yes its running nova launcher prime

  • LucKos

    QHD in a 5” device… totally useless and battery draining.

  • ROR1997

    Samsung does colors so fn wrong. HTCs blue m7 and red m8 look nice. They look like true colors. Samsung is over here with Baige phones, calling them gold and what not

  • Chris King

    This phone gets my hopes up for the note 4

  • John Davids

    Wow really the 805? Why is Samsung using last-generation? What kind of idiot buys a phone without an 808?

  • nosedive94

    Color me unimpressed. It’ll still have Galaxy sized lag and bloat, even if it comes to the US market. I’ve been biding my time to see what was up OEMs’ sleeves this year, but I think the only good phones will end up being the M8, G3, X+1, and the Z2 if we ever actually see it here officially.

    • crazed_z06

      So basically everything that isnt Samsung amirite!?!

      • David Dudovitz


    • 213ninja


  • Danmheadache

    red color in the first pic and second pic is different??

  • dalex7777

    Where can we find the LTE bands for this?

  • Pablo
  • Nicholas Polydor

    Any official confirmation of model numbers and LTE bands for the SKT, KT and LG U+ variants?

  • Mike H.

    All right g3 it is lol. Unless moto knocks my socks off. I was really hoping the prime would come to the US.

    • 213ninja

      i’m definitely treating this as an indicator, but not a confirmation…

  • OF

    “Buut..But….But..the 805 isn’t made for phones!” Pffft my ass!

  • joejoe5709

    I want this but made from LG and 5.2′-5.3″ screen and 3000mah.

  • d-rock

    From what I understand, LG is killing Samsung in Korea…this is Sammy’s answer? Not bad, but I think LG is going to release a G3 with an 805 as well.

  • JLC

    Well is this metal or plastic

    • Mike Aurin

      Same polycarbonate as the original S5.

  • Randy

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but isn’t the standard S5 also LTE-A compatible? I’m quite sure that it is.

    • Randy

      Okay my mistake, the standard S5 is XLTE compatible…not LTE-A. Either way, I usually run 25-45 mbps down and 15-20 mbps up on my S5 on the Verizon network. I can’t imagine a situation where I’d need anything faster than that.

  • trophynuts

    Will this phone still work in the US even though it isn’t available? I ask because i am making another trip to South Korea next month. 🙂

    • needa

      it will probably have the proper bands in it for at least at&t. but i doubt it will be ‘tuned’ to work on them. so that battery drain will be significant.

  • Sporttster

    And probably has the same crap radio. Just hoping Moto puts out a phone I’ll want to buy soon…..

    • Justin Kos

      I didn’t know that argument was still out there..reminds me of the gnex days. Anyway I’m always on LTE with my note 3 on at&t. When I had vzw it went to 3g all the time.

      • Sporttster

        Maybe it’s Verizon’s version, who knows, but it sucks. My old Razr MAXX had better reception than my Note 3. It’ll drop to 3g or worse and I’m always having to go to airplane mode in/out to get it to go back to 4g or wait so friggin long for it to come back. Hate it….would really like to try something else, the LG G3 maybe….

      • CoreRooted

        Actually, you aren’t always on LTE. It’s a carrier/manufacturer myth. Very often the Note3 will drop to HSPA+ but the stock version of Android most manufacturers use lacks the ability to display the “H” and/or “4g” icons (the device will either show an “e”, “3g” or “4gLTE” icon). You can see this by looking at the device status in the About menu. It’s been discussed a lot over on XDA for quite awhile now. I experience this often in parts of the Phoenix metro area with many of my devices on AT&T (including my Note3).

  • sj0808

    Can’t believe they actually managed to put QHD in 5.1inch display… pretty impressive

  • Tee

    Samsung has pretty much always made the Korean version of their Galaxy S line a more beefed up model. I don’t know why everyone started jumping on this b.s. Prime label/rumor… maybe it’s because they want to shame Galaxy owners into feeling buyer’s remorse so they can sway them into disliking Samsung the way they do? Ya know because Samsung is so evil to Android because of TW and whatnot /s

    Maybe it’s just time for the bloggers to admit that there was never going to be a Prime device and you were just caught up in a rumor… nothing different is being done than in the past. Why weren’t the Korean devices ever called Prime before?

    • needa

      seems to me that it was the sammy camp that thought there was going to be a prime. most others didn’t care. talk to the blogs if you want to pass blame, as they are the ones that kept posting rumors on it.

  • Droid

    So S5 was indeed S5 Lite al along … damm you Samsung

  • cgufo

    WT..? I heard from Qualcomm engineer SD805 isn’t released yet.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Finally, a phone with the specs I want, IN THE DIMENSIONS I WANT, and it’s coming out in Korea.


  • Colin Huber

    What a beast device, whoa.

  • M3D1T8R

    The one thing about this that kind of impresses me is the pixel density, probably the highest yet. Same size screen/body as the S5 but about 70% more pixels, should make it around 600 ppi. At around double what Apple stupidly marketed as “retina” a few years ago, this might actually be getting close.
    Everything else, meh.

    • MistaButters

      The percentage of people that could identify the difference between a 400 ppi display and a 570 ppi display (assuming all other aspects are the same) at normal viewing distance is probably less than 1%. It’s ppi just for the sake of PPI. And considering all the content you will be consuming is max 1080p, you wouldn’t notice a difference anyway, and actually the content may look worse in a non-native resolution.

      I’m not going to knock somebody who buys a WQHD display phone, but don’t act all high and mighty about it.

      • M3D1T8R

        High and mighty for supporting display innovation?

        You’re pretty far off. I’m fairly sure my next phone will be 1080p (M8, Z2 or X+1), just like my current one (DNA). I have no intention on buying a higher res phone (and certainly not this one or probably any other Samsung phone) probably for a couple years at least, precisely because, as you say, the content isn’t there.

        My post was advocating the improvement of display tech. This is one area, and perhaps the only area Samsung, with thir leading OLED displays, is a leader. I just played around with their new Tab S’ a couple days ago, and the displays are stunning. For many other reasons I’m not a Samsung fan. But I applaud them pushing the envelope here. If I could take the current S5 display in one of my potential future devices listed above, I would in a heartbeat. This new higher res one looks to be even better.

        While you seem to have bought into Apple’s “retina” marketing hype, in fact the human eye (of which I have good vision in two) can tell the difference up to around 700ppi, which could maybe be considered true “retina”.

  • Krunksky

    of course this is why the US carriers aren’t releasing the G3 sooner: bc Samsung doesn’t wanna lose its place despite the bloatware, battery life, BloatWiz, wtc.

  • Jon

    So this is quite reactionary to the G3 kicking ass in Korea no?

    • rawr

      Sounds like a great thing for smartphones. Competition leads to forced innovation leads to better products for you.

      Now if only someone could convince them on software…

  • Michael Talon Marshall

    I read, “S5 with worse battery life”

  • richkoos

    Sweet an anniversary reminder, just the feature I needed!

  • Kevin N

    Yes Please may I have another!

  • cjohn4043

    Galaxy S5S

    • M3D1T8R

      No, the S5 was the S4S, this is the real S5. But with same size battery, likely worse battery life.

  • Carlos Lopez

    Im pretty sure they did something similar last year with giving making a S4 with a sd800 for korea

    • exactly. nothing new. they got the baller galaxy s II hd lte

  • Reggie Wallace

    The 2800 battery should be just fine. The G3 has a 5.5 inch screen with only a 3k battery. The GS5- with better colours, waterproof *, smaller screen and 805 silicon, should do just fine with battery life.

    • hkklife

      Smaller screen? Wasnt the original rumor calling for a 5 2″ screen in the same formfactor as the regular GS5 (smaller bezels)? Oh well.

      • Reggie Wallace

        Smaller than the G3*

      • PoisonApple31

        I think you are referring to the rumored Galaxy F.

  • Supraman21

    Wheres that guy that kept saying that the 805 isnt for phones and will never be in any phone?

    • He’ll go into hiding. Lol. They usually do.

      • Alexander Z Great

        Cough cough

        • john alica

          cough cough its really tough 🙂 http://bit.ly/1p3LpOR

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    • M3D1T8R

      Who says that? It does require a stand alone radios chip though, rather than all in one like the 801 and upcoming 810/815, so is less efficient and probably more expensive. This of course doesn’t say what separate radio chip they’re using. But by not being standard it will likely make this more difficult to work with for developers. We’ll see.

      • j

        It used much less power than the 801 alone, so efficiency is possible on par with the radio chip.

      • MistaButters

        There were a few people in here saying “it’s not made for phones”

    • Supraman22

      That was me, I’m not afraid to admit it. Though, many others this later, often inaccurate or with missing information. With that said, I specifically stated that the 805 —> in it’s current iteration <— (emphasis mine) did not contain a radio like the 800/801 and future 810. This device supports that fact as it is using a separate component for radio connectivity, much like the Galaxy Nexus. Information provided was accurate and remains accurate! Now the real test is to be seen. Battery life, will it be good or bad? I know nothing about this new radio but remain hopeful!

      • Gaurav Mehta

        In an Engadget interview they admitted that the SD was cheaper due to the integrated radio that also reduced radio performance , unlike the Exynos S5 with LTE released in Korea.

        A separate radio will give them that performance but sap battery. Fact of life.

        • dalex7777

          So just like the LG G3’s battery life is decimated by the QHD resolution, the S5 LTE-A will most likely have the same issue, even with an AMOLED display. QHD doesn’t make much sense unless you have at least a 3000mAh battery in something with the display size of the Note 3.

          • kilbasar

            Huh? All the reviews have said the LG G3 has great battery life, and all the reviewers have been surprised that it WASN’T decimated by the QHD screen. There is no “issue”.

          • pyro74boy .

            If this is truly the case then the S5 LTE-A should have even better battery life because it has the 805 CPU not the 801. Just saying .

          • Gaurav Mehta

            Exactly. Resolution is not the end of the world. Give me vga on a 5.1″ screen

          • Gaurav Mehta

            720p vs 1080p today doesn’t depend on just the pixels given equally scaled processors and power savings, by the way of power saving.

            So I don’t see how qhd should be such a bad thing. Let’s wait for reviews before we speculate.

          • overclock

            The G3’s battery life is reduced by 10% by the display? Or is it annihilated by the display?

        • Nicholas Polydor

          Do you have a link to that interview, @disqus_o0lMvO3HAR:disqus? I’ve searched but can’t find it.

          • Gaurav Mehta
          • Nicholas Polydor

            Thanks, Gaurav Mehta.

            “Hong did his best to explain this predicament without getting himself or his colleagues into trouble. He told me that it’s a “misconception” that Exynos-based smartphones are inefficient when it comes to LTE. Instead, the reason Samsung Mobile uses Qualcomm’s chips rather than Samsung ones has more to do with price: Snapdragons merge the LTE modem with the main processor, which reduces costs, but also — Hong believes — results in “de-featured” chips. Conversely, Exynos is a “high-end premium” chip that deliberately keeps the modem and processor separate for the sake of performance, even if the higher price is a turnoff to Samsung Mobile.”

          • Gaurav Mehta

            Separate chips are detrimental to power saving, let’s all agree there. That’s the takeaway. The new memory bandwidth us epic.. Really good. So the 805 is miles ahead. I believe 25GBps vs 15 MBps

    • Kelly OBrien

      Was that Sarge that said that ?

      • Chris King

        Ah good old sarge. where is Bionic/narrator anyway

    • jvader2012

      true, he’s hiding

    • Enthasuasticalogocalism

      But only the flagship s5 will get lengthy updates from samsung , not variant model. So, s5 user , no worries

  • Alec

    All the spec whores are crying to their mommies right now because they don’t live in Korea. OHHH SNAPDRAGON 805 HOW AM I GONNA LIVE OHHH.

    • Arty McBert

      Spec whores are the worst. I bet an X8/10 Snapdragon 800 (the kind that will be in the Moto X+1) will run miles around the 805 Galaxy S5. What good are the fastest processors if they aren’t properly optimized.

      • Nikuliai

        Spec whoeres can’t tell the difference so… they’re gonna think they got the best even if they don’t

      • MistaButters

        Just to throw it out there, the Snapdragon 800 already comes with an extra context core…..

        • Software matters, it’s why most low end Android phones with the exception of Moto G and E do poorly.

    • ImmaDroid

      I wanna poke a spec whore right in her 805 going 2.5ghz a second! my talk time may be 18 hours, but I’ll get a solid hour in of spec poking!

      • JMonkeYJ

        After 1 hour at 2.5 GHz/second acceleration, assuming you start at 0 pokes/second you will be at a massive 9 tera-pokes (9 trillion pokes) per second. Very impressive!

    • Supraman

      With a 2K screen, the 805 is necessary. Look at all the reviews for the G3, most of them mention slight lags in the UI and bad gaming performance.

      • Matthew Merrick

        That’s only because of preproduction software. The sites that have obtained consumer-ready G3s report no lag of any kind.

        • Mike Aurin

          Who has obtained a consumer device thus far?

          • Matthew Merrick

            AndroidCentral, for one


        • Supraman21

          “Is it HTC One M8 fast? Not quite” That’s straight from their site. The G3 is already coming out months later than all the other flagships, its not even out yet for the US, and now this S5 has the 805 already. Lg should have put that chip in the G3. Im gonna get it regardless but that is dumb.

      • Matthew Merrick

        Also, galaxy tab pros with Snapdragon 800s or even weaker Exynos Octas run 2k just fine.

      • rawr

        Touchwiz will lag with a LGA2011 let alone the puny 805.

  • Korea is their home market, why shouldn’t they get the best? It’s not the first time anyways. The G3 was outselling the S5 in Korea, so it makes sense Samsung’s shotgun approach to release this.

    • houaton

      Yes thanks to carrier bans

  • That battery life is going to suck! I’m more intrigued by the “Galaxy F” even though we still don’t know if it’s a true metal model or just brushed metal look like the G3.

  • I don’t think this will come to the US but if it does I may get this over the G3 and then move on to the Note 4

  • Bryan Mills

    lol @ battery life

    • OoohSnap-dragon-805

      Weren’t you one of those people always saying the 805 wasn’t going to be in any phone and was only made for tablets and blah blah blah?

      • K

        Just a way for him to defend LG’s decision to go with the 801. Fanboy he is

        • Bryan Mills

          I’m probably going to pick up the Z2, but you keep fanboying Samsung.

      • Bryan Mills

        Good luck using it in the US.

    • OF

      This guy lol…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Half of us smart posters called “Prime” out as the just the Korean Version. . . . . Droid Life has the smartest posters ever.

    • rawr

      DL also has The Narrator so, you know…

      • 213ninja

        oh snap!

      • grumpyfuzz

        pretty sure the narrator got banned, and his new account is Bryan Mills.

  • Ray

    What the S5 should have been. Oh well Lg has what I want.

  • j

    I’d fox wif it.

  • Daniel Russell

    QHD at 5.1 inches (129.2 mm)? That’s some intense pixel density!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      yeah, maybe this should have been the S5. Oh well, guess we’ll see if that prime phone comes true

      • PoisonApple31

        SamMobile says this is the Prime.

        • Can’t be. Whatever “Prime” device that was pictured had a bigger screen and smaller bezels. Also, it wasn’t Note size. Something else is coming.

          • PoisonApple31

            Perhaps whatever was pictured wasn’t the Prime. It doesn’t matter anyway, like you said something else is coming.

          • hkklife

            Personally, I have been saying that Samsung needs a device that slots in between the Note and the Galaxy S line. Something around 5.5″ and hasNote-level specs but without the S-Pen (I never use mine).

          • Galaxy Mega Pro

          • dalex7777

            The Mega is down-specced from even the S4, so what you said makes no sense, sir. A “Mega Pro” would be equal to last years flagship, just with a stupid big screen.

          • The “Prime” you’re referring to is the Galaxy F

          • Mickey Jones

            I wonder what the “F” stands for. Oh wait early adopters, I think I know …

          • malcmilli

            you mean the very specific early adapters in Korea that also got a gs4+ last year and have grown to expect the “prime” edition of the galaxy S line mid summer?

          • MistaButters

            Winter is coming…

          • chris125

            That was the f line not the “prime”

        • Gaurav Mehta

          Doesn’t add up, no.

    • GalaxyNOTE4

      I’d say a slightly BEEFED UP still waterproof Band-Aid!

    • Metoş

      Look at that leaked Alcatel phone with a 4.6″ 4K screen. That thing will be WAY more intense if it’s true!

    • Ben

      Agreed, can’t wait to rest my eyes on it!

  • Buckoman

    Waterproof? Is that confirmed? Or still just ip67?

    Also, keeping the same battery with the QHD screen… Does the 805’s efficiency counter that?

    • Kane Desousa

      The 805 doesn’t seem that efficient as it’s modem isn’t on the chip. But I’m no expert.

    • Bryan Mills

      805 technically isn’t for all phones, so who knows. It’s better off in a tablet.

  • Arian

    Wait is this the same battery as the S5? Can it handle the QHD screen?

    • Bryan Mills


      • Alec

        But it has the 805! That’s all this community wanted anyway remember??

        • hkklife

          I want the 805 on a Nexus tablet more than anything else right now.

      • Spinach Chin

        Have you seen some numbers, or are you just a douchebag?

        • M3D1T8R

          Generally only the latter.

  • Kane Desousa

    Not sure if I’m happy about this not being in the states or upset…

  • michael

    Galaxy note 4 *cough* *cough*