Samsung Group has officially announced few major upgrade to the Galaxy S5, their current flagship device. Intended for South Korea, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A brings a new wireless standard, alongside a higher resolution display and faster internals, making it a decent upgrade to compete with the LG G3.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A has been rumored for a few months and has been put under different names, including the Galaxy S5 Prime and Galaxy F. It looks like Samsung didn’t want this to be called a “new flagship” and just added the LTE-A part onto the name.
Externally, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is the same as the original, it comes with the same dimpled back cover, same faux metal accents and the same 5.1-inch screen, but there is a change on the resolution, stepping up from 1080p to 2K. Software is also the same, Android KitKat 4.4 with TouchWiz UI slapped on top, with a host of different bloatware apps.
Internally the differences start to show, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is running a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 GPU. Comparing that to the original, with the Snapdragon 801 chip, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU, there is a significant upgrade.
Whether this will amount to any change in speeds we will have to wait and see, Qualcomm has said the Snapdragon 805 is their most powerful chip available right now and we are sure once 3GB of RAM becomes mainstream devs will start pushing more power onto their apps, to make the most of the additional memory.
LTE-A is currently only available in a small amount of countries and South Korea have been the quickest to get it set up, with SK Telecom offering the Galaxy S5 LTE-A at 225mbps speeds. The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is still a pretty good upgrade and we hope Samsung bring it over to the US and Europe in the near future.