New Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A Gets a Snapdragon 801 and QHD Display

Samsung will be launching a more powerful version of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone with a super high-resolution QHD display and LTE-A.

Four months after launching the highly criticized Galaxy S5 smartphone, Samsung has announced a special variant of the flagship in its home market of South Korea. Simply called the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, this upgraded model features a higher resolution display, faster processor, and state of the art connectivity.

New Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A Gets a Snapdragon 801 and QHD Display

At 5.1-inches, the new S5 sports Samsung’s first 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display and produces an unprecedented pixel density of 557ppi, which is even higher than the 538ppi found on the 5.5-inch LG G3. According to Samsung, the new display covers 90% of the color gamut with a contrast ratio of 100,000:1 and has a response time of 0.01ms.

Under the hood is a cutting edge Snapdragon 805 chipset that boasts four Krait 450 CPU cores clocked at 2.5GHz alongside the Adreno 420 GPU and 3GB of RAM, which again beats the Snapdragon 801 found on the latest flagship from LG. 225Mbps LTE-A capabilities give the new Galaxy S5 almost triple the download speed over the current LTE speeds of 75Mbps found in most other countries around the world.

Everything else on the S5 LTE-A will pretty much stay true to the original Galaxy S5, like a 16MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, heart rate sensor, dust and water resistant build, removable 2800mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat. Color options will include Charcoal Black, Shimmering White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, along with a special Glam Red version for South Korea Telecom.

The new Galaxy S5 LTE-A is expected to be priced around 940,500 South Korean Won ($919) and could be a bellwether to the upcoming Galaxy Note 4, as the two brands usually share similar hardware specs. Current rumors indicate that the upcoming phablet from Samsung will also feature a QHD display and Snappy 805.

Meanwhile, there is no word on whether we could see these upgrades make their way over to the Western markets, perhaps as the Galaxy S5 Prime

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