News by Luke Jones on Wednesday June 18, 2014.
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The last few weeks have been building up to a new Samsung handset and rumours emerged that the new smartphone would arrive this week. The company has not disappointed by launching the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, a better and more advanced version of its Galaxy S5 flagship. The LTE-A was unveiled in Korea today, and for the time being it seems the handset will stay in Samsung's homeland.The Galaxy S5 LTE-A ups the hardware ante compared to the original flagship and arguably against any other smartphone currently on the market. Whether the remit from Samsung was to top the LG G3 in terms of specs is unclear, but what is obvious is that the LTE-A achieves that regardless of its goals. It is Samsung's first device to sport a QuadHD display, and the 2,560x1,440 5.1-inch panel surpasses the G3 with a pixel density of 577ppi (LG's device has 538 pixels per inch). Another first for the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is the addition of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, a boost from the original S5's Snapdragon 801. That makes this the first smartphone on the market to sport the new 805 chip, but you can expect to see it arrive on a bunch of flagships through the end of year. It also means Samsung trumps LG as the G3 only has the 801 chip, although LG is rumoured to be considering its own super version of the G3 just a month after the flagships' release. The Snapdragon 805 is Qualcomm's most sophisticated chipset yet, capable of 4K video playback and better graphics, Samsung is helping the 805 out with a generous 3GB of RAM inside the S5 LTE-A. The updated specs do not stop there as the new Galaxy S5 also features support for LTE-Advanced networks. Those networks are currently underway in South Korea where users can expect dizzying data speeds of 225Mb/s. The S5 is a dazzling super phone on paper, even if we have to question the need for it just months after the release of the original S5. This also appears not to be the much reported Galaxy Prime (now called the F) which will also arrive later in the year with similar specs, but will also get a metal chassis. Samsung is of course catering this at a different price point to the normal S5, and for the time being the handset will only be available in Korea. The company has not said if there will be a global roll out, but we are edging to think that if the S5 LTE-A does arrive in other markets it will not be for a few months. Even so, we are at least getting to see some of the killer specs that will be showing up in other smartphones through the year, including Samsung's own upcoming Galaxy Note 4. source: Engadget