Samsung unveils new Galaxy S5 with LTE-A capability for Korea

This new version of Samsung's flagship device will sport a QHD display with a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution and support 4G speeds of up to 225Mbps.

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The new LTE-A Galaxy S5 debuts in Korea. Samsung

It appears the rumors of a new Galaxy S5 Prime with a super high-resolution QHD display similar to the LG G3 are true. While it's not exactly that, the latest version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship phone will sport a eye-popping 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with that same resolution.

This gives the phone an even higher pixels per inch count of 576ppi. That's slightly higher than the G3's 538ppi.

But that's not all the phone has going for it -- it packs Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 805 processor and will support LTE-A speeds of up to 300Mbps (according to Qualcomm's website).

However, Korea, where this version of the S5 will be launched, supports the new SK Telecom LTE-A 4G service, which has a current max speed of 225Mbps. That's still three times faster than current LTE speeds of 75Mbps in most regions around the world.

Apart from these two changes, the new S5 is pretty much the same as the original S5. It runs Android 4.4 and sports a 16-megapixel rear camera. It does come with 3GB RAM, instead of 2GB. The SK Telecom version will come in a special red color.

For the past couple years, Samsung has followed the strategy of releasing several variants of its flagship phone. Along with the regular Galaxy S device have been rugged "Active" versions, "Zoom" versions with better cameras, "Mini" models with lesser specs and lower pricing, and models that take advantage of faster connectivity. With the Galaxy S4, Samsung also first introduced its LTE-Advanced version in Korea. It's unclear whether the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A will come to other markets, including the US.


 

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