Galaxy S5 Prime Release Date Set for May 2014: 4 Confirmed Specs & Features So Far
By Erik Pineda | March 12, 2014 5:16 PM EST
Apart from the regular Galaxy S5, Samsung has indicated that another variant will soon follow the flagship device's supposed April 11 release date. At the moment, the second GS5 is referred to as the Galaxy S5 Prime.
A new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone is seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona February 23, 2014. Samsung Electronics unveiled a new smart watch and fitness band along with the latest version of its flagship Galaxy smartphone on Monday, demonstrating how the battleground for innovation is shifting from the hand to the wrist.Picture taken on February 23. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Earlier this 2014, Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin tweeted that the Galaxy S5 will also come in a premium model. The materials to be used on the device are more high-end than the regular edition and the capabilities somewhat mightier than the already capable GS5.
Murtazin claimed too that the Galaxy F that was leaked out this year is actually the Galaxy S5 Prime, which Samsung is bringing to the upscale market. That means the device will require top-dollar to own and will satisfy the emerging demand for designer phones.
Currently, speculations are aplenty on the specs and feature that the GS5 Prime will bring to the Android world. So far, there are four that likely are already confirmed and they are briefly detailed below:
64-bit mobile chip
When the Galaxy S5 was finally uncloaked at the MWC 2014 in February, it was revealed that the power behind the device is a quad-core Snapdragon chip that spins at top-speed of 2.5GHz. The CPU indeed packs muscle than previous Galaxy flagships but the question begs: Where is the rumoured Exynos processor that is both 64-bit and true octa-core?
The answer, according to keen Sammy watchers, will be provided soon in the form of the Galaxy S5 Prime, which is believed to sport the Exynos 6 chip series. Unlike the previous Exynos on the Galaxy S4, this new flavour will run all cores simultaneously with emphasis not only on speed and might but also on efficient energy use.
4GB of RAM or more
As 64-bit gradually takes over from 32-bit in mobile device computing, it becomes inevitable that higher RAM provisions will become the standard. The Galaxy Note 3, though not yet in 64-bit class, set the stage with its 3GB of RAM.
Out of the box, the GS5 will have 2GB of RAM but the Prime edition is likely to come with at least 4GB as BGR reported that Samsung is already in the process of volume-producing the "4GB DDR3 DRAM memory which is based on a new 20-nanometer process."
According to Samsung, its new RAM technology is 25 per cent more energy efficient and is easier to mass produce with an improvement of about 30 per cent.
Finally, 2K display on a hero smartphone
At 1080p, the Galaxy S5 is more than impressive and is hardly disappointing but fans were expecting the GS5 to deliver 2K screen prowess. It will but not the first edition as Samsung appears to reserve the eye-popping 2560 x 1440 screen pixels for the Galaxy S5 Prime.
According to Android Pit, Samsung has long plotted its display roadmap to show off 2K display standard this 2014 and it's only fitting that the premium class Galaxy S5 will be the bearer of this Retina-busting viewing panel.
Prime is metal
Last year, a metal frame of supposed to be the next Galaxy flagship phone came out, hinting that the Galaxy S5 will be a handset that is mostly covered in metal. But when the GS5 was introduced, it remains a plastic-wrapped phone.
But as mentioned, the Prime is coming shortly after the GS5 commercial debut. It is a premium device so it only makes sense that it is mostly in metal chassis, sturdy enough to protect the GS5 inner components and premium enough to give the phone its well-deserved classy look and feel.
The Galaxy S5 Prime is likely set for a release date between May and June 2014, still flashing the banner features seen in the regular edition seen as fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and a 16MP rear cam with Android 4.4.2 still running the show.
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