Galaxy S5 Prime (Galaxy F) Launch Date Slated for Aug 13; But Release Date to Clash With iPhone 6 in September - Reports
By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 15, 2014 2:27 PM EST
The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, also referred as Galaxy F and Galaxy Alpha (in Korea), will reportedly be unveiled on Aug 13. However, the Galaxy F release date is set to fall in the month of September to fight it out with Apple iPhone's scheduled release, according to Korean media (via Phone Arena).
Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin in this August 28, 2012 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.
It is worth mentioning that Samsung has been releasing device-after-device this year with Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy K Zoom, Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy S5 Mini leading the way. The Samsung Galaxy F, on the other hand, is reportedly the first luxury focused smartphone for the company. The phone is expected to boast killer specifications and high-end features.
Apparently, Samsung has taken a cue from the HTC One M8's design. The Galaxy F will sport a metallic rear casing, instead of the plastic back that is part of the Galaxy lines of devices released thus far. Going by the leaked images, although the metallic look does elevate the smartphone and gives the premium look, the overall look of the Galaxy F is very much similar to the 2014 flagship Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy F will feature a 5.1-inches Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (2K) screen resolution and 576 ppi pixel density. The handset will be powered by a superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.7 GHz and a whopping 3 GB of RAM.
The Galaxy S5 Prime will house a 16 MP rear-facing camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera unit. The primary camera will come with optical image stabilization (OIS) feature, according to leaked specifications from AnTuTu.
Other rumoured specifications include 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage capacity with microSD slot for further expansion up to 128 GB. Reportedly, the Galaxy S5 Prime will also house fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and dust/water proof exteriors.
In addition to the above features, the Galaxy F could also come with iris recognition technology i.e. a built-in retina scanner on the device. It is worth noting that, Samsung's upcoming phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 is also rumoured to feature a retina scanner on its release in September, says Tech Times.
Even though Samsung has not confirmed the presence of retina scanner feature, the company has showed interest in such technologies to improve the security of the device in umpteen occasions.
Sample this: Lee Young Hee, Samsung's executive said the following before the launch of Galaxy S5, "Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology, we are studying the possibility but can't really say whether we will have it or not on the S5." Although, the Galaxy S5 did not feature an iris scanner, the upcoming devices from Samsung could very well be equipped with such futuristic technologies.
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