While Samsung has released a Galaxy S5 miniand Galaxy S5 Active, it’s the rumoured Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha (we wish it would settle on a single name) that is far more interesting. The premium Samsung Galaxy S5 is thought to be a higher-spec smartphone compared to the regular Galaxy S5 and improve on the phone's build quality with a brushed-metal finish. Evleaks has also shown it in a new colour, Glowing Gold (shown above), and pictured in the wild (below).
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha: Release date
Samsung has made no reference to the metal Galaxy S5 but the device is thought to be coming any time now. After all, we've already seen the other S5 variants, and are now waiting only on the premium S5.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha: Price
We're just speculating on price for now and it looks like you will probably have to have some pretty deep pockets to afford the Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha. Based on the rumoured specifications, which are better than the flagship Galaxy S5, the metal model will cost even more.
The Galaxy S5 is available for less than £500, so the premium Galaxy S5 is likely to launch near the £600 mark or even higher.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha: Specs
In our review of the Galaxy S5 we criticised the smartphone for its plastic build quality – and we weren't the only ones to do so. Well the metal Galaxy S5 could address this problem as it's rumoured to offer an aluminium body.
The leaked photos in this article, from PhoneArena, show a brushed metal frame but a similar looking 'perforated' rear cover which is found on the Galaxy S5.
We already know that the LG G3 is going to push the boundaries and come with a Quad HD screen. The premium Galaxy S5 was previously thought to feature the same high resolution (2560 x 1440) on a slightly smaller display - 5.2in compared to 5.5in. However, today's unveiling of a Quad HD S5 exclusive to Korea, plus word from Dutch site Tweakers, which claims to have seen the Prime / F / Alpha at an event, seem to dash those Quad HD hopes.
The latest leak comes from the Korean Herald, which claims the Samsung Galaxy Alpha (thought to be the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime or Samsung Galaxy F) has a slightly smaller 4.7in screen. Allegedly it also has a super-skinny (6mm) premium metal body.
Other possible hardware specs for the Galaxy S5 Prime / Galaxy F / Galaxy Alpha include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM. These are all upgrades compared to the Galaxy S5 which has a Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 and 2GB of RAM.
It's thought that the metal Galaxy S5 will come preloaded with Android 4.4.3 KitKat and, no doubt, Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.
Based on the leaked photos, the premium Galaxy S5 will retain the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor found on its predecessor. It also has a flap covering the microUSB port so it looks like it's also dust- and waterproof.