The oft-leaked but not so far announced version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 that’s supposed to come with a 2,560×1,440 screen is in the news again. This variation of Samsung’s flagship device may be called Galaxy S5 Prime, and its high resolution display will make it compete head to head with LG’s upcoming G3.
According to a new report out of Samsung’s home country of South Korea, the S5 Prime may land as soon as mid-June. In Korea, it’s planned to launch across all three carriers – KT, SK Telecom, and LG U+. Furthermore, over there it’s apparently only going to be around $50-$60 more expensive than the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5.
If this is true, then we may be looking at just a $50 to $100 price differential between the two SKUs in the US as well. So you may be buying the S5 Prime for $249.99 with a two-year contract. Or something like that.
The planned release across all three Korean carriers also inspires confidence that we won’t be dealing with a limited number of units being produced. On the other hand, though, the Galaxy S5 Prime could remain exclusive to that country for a while – Samsung’s done stuff like this before. Or it may only land in a small number of countries at first, that is if the company isn’t producing it in the millions already.
As with all rumors and such reports, take all of the above with a nicely sized grain of salt. That said, some of this makes sense when you view it from the perspective of the traditional Samsung-LG rivalry that’s well known in South Korea. Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, couldn’t just let LG get away with launching a flagship handset with better specs than its very own Galaxy S5.
So it’s working on a higher-end Galaxy S5 as well, and the release of it is timed to coincide with that of the LG G3. That’s clearly been done on purpose, if the information pans out.
So why didn’t Samsung put this new high-res screen in the Galaxy S5 itself? Well, past mumblings said it was because it couldn’t reliably produce the part in time for the Galaxy S5′s launch. Now though, the yield issues that Samsung’s been having may be gone, which is why the Galaxy S5 Prime will appear.
The beast has been said to come with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and perhaps a bigger battery than the S5. The rest of the specs should be shared between the two. And whether the Galaxy S5 Prime will be made out of metal or plastic remains to be seen.