Samsung has launched a new variant of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, exclusively in Korea and its touting a slew of upgraded features.
Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the upgraded variant of the device features a new 5.1-inch QHD screen with a screen resolution of 2,560 x 1440 pixels giving it a whopping pixel density of 557 ppi, now the highest in the market.
The Galaxy S5 LTE-A is also the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 805 quad-core SoC (system on a chip) which is clocked at 2.5GHz. The new processor replaces the Snapdragon 801 processor found in the Galaxy S5 that’s currently available outside of Korea.
Samsung has also added more RAM to the Galaxy S5 LTE-A bringing it up to a total of 3GB of RAM from 2GB in the original variant. Combined with the new processor, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A is expected to be easily capable of handling 4k video playback and the most graphics intensive games.
The last of the upgrades available in the new variant is the support for the latest super-fast LTE-Advanced protocol which, Samsung says, allows for downloads speeds of up to 225MBps. That’s more than double the maximum speed of some currently available LTE networks.
The rest of the device’s features are still the same as the original Galaxy S5’s including the fingerprint sensor, the IP67 certification, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the device’s display, an internal storage of 16 or 32GB, expandable storage support of up to 128GB via microSD, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the 16-megapixel rear camera, the 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and the 2,800 mAh battery.
Samsung did not mention if the new variant of its flagship will be coming to other territories aside from Korea but it should be expected that the specs featured in the Galaxy S5 LTE-A will be coming to Samsung’s next line of devices including the upcoming Galaxy Note 4.