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Apr 22, 2014

Premium Galaxy S5 Leaks as Project KQ with 2K Screen, Snapdragon 805 CPU

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics has been long rumored to plan the release of a premium version of its Galaxy S5 handset, and some new info on the matter has emerged now.

Previously, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 was said to hit shelves in two flavors, including one that would be called Galaxy S5 Prime, and which was expected to pack better hardware capabilities when compared to the standard model, something that could pan out soon. Although Samsung has denied any intention to launch a premium variant of the device, new information that emerged online over at SamMobile suggests that the new handset variant is real and that it could become official sooner rather than later. Said device is supposedly featuring the codename Project KQ, which clearly shows that it would be a Galaxy S5 variant. It should arrive on the market with a more powerful processor inside, as well as with a Quad HD screen, up from the Full HD one available on the currently available model.

Apparently, Samsung was planning the launch of S5 with a 2K screen right from the start, though it abandoned the idea and moved to the 1080p screen in the end. However, Project KQ (Galaxy S5 was known internally as Project K) should go official as the premium version of the device, the one that users have been waiting for ever since Galaxy S5 was still only a rumor. Moreover, it seems that Samsung might pack the new phone not only with the aforementioned 2K screen, but also with a more powerful processor inside. One flavor of the handset might land on shelves with an Exynos 5430 chipset, packing a 2.1GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU and a 1.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 one, a nice improvement over the Exynos 5422 processor.

The chip should also feature a Mali GPU clocked in at 600MHz, along with HEVC hardware decoder, and a dedicated (Cortex A5) co-processor for audio encoding, decoding and audio equalization. The premium flavor of Samsung Galaxy S5 is also said to include an Intel XMM7260 Category 6 (300mbit/s) LTE modem, which would mark Intel’s debut into the LTE market for high-end devices. Moreover, Samsung is also expected to launch a version of the device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor packed inside, which might hit shelves with model number G906S attached to it. No official confirmation on any of the above has been provided as of now, but chances are that the new very high-end Samsung smartphone is indeed nearing its official unveiling. Hopefully, it will be introduced in the next several months, so keep an eye on this space for updates.

Samsung said again to plan the launch of a premium version of Galaxy S5
Image credits to Samsung


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