The so-called “Prime” version of the Galaxy S5 is slowly shaping up, following a few months of speculation based on unconfirmed anonymous reports. We now have an idea of the phone’s specs and approximate release date, and, if the shots below are real, the first clues of the S5 Prime’s appearance.
The source of the images is reportedly a tipster of Phone Arena’s, so proceed with caution. With that warning out of the way, what are we looking at here?
The device in question features a metallic frame, possibly made of aluminum. The overall shape is very similar to the Galaxy S5, though the phone in the shots appears to be slightly thicker and wider. Another change is the placement of the speaker on the bottom side of the phone, beside the USB port, as opposed to on the back, like on the standard S5.
The back cover appears to be the same textured plastic found on the standard Galaxy S5, but it’s possible that’s just used as a replacement for the final design.
According to Sam Mobile’sFaryaab Sheikh, the device leaked by Phone Arena is real. Faryaab says that a source of his confirmed the veracity of the pics, but he cannot vouch that the phone is indeed the Galaxy S5 Prime or even a member of the Galaxy S family.
In related news, a hands-on video made the rounds over the weekend allegedly showing an aluminum-clad version of the Galaxy S5. However, that turned out to be a regular Galaxy S5 with a metal aftermarket cover and an edited build.prop file.
According to several sources, Samsung may introduce the Galaxy S5 Prime (note that’s still not the confirmed name of the phone) in early summer, possibly in mid-June. Presumed specifications include a Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3GB of RAM.