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Galaxy S5 variant (SM-G906S) with Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 chip spotted online

Hope you didn’t really trust JK Shin’s claims of no “premium” Samsung Galaxy S5 variant being in the pipeline, did you?

The statements reeked of desperation to keep some sort of mystery going vis-à-vis a device everyone knew existed six months before they should have, and now there’s confirmation an ultra-high-end GS5 with Quad HD display, 3 GB RAM and quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor is indeed in the works.


Well, confirmation might be a bit of a stretch, but when’s the last time GFX Bench supplied false information? Exactly, the benchmark database is rock-solid, and so we have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of SM-G906S’ revealed specs.

Running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the handheld that’s clearly still in testing and thus may not roll out until, say, June crams the uber-hyped so-called 2K resolution, otherwise known as Quad HD or QHD, into a 5.2-inch piece of Super AMOLED glass.

The resulting pixel density, 564 ppi, is jaw-dropping, and can’t even be rivaled by the 2K Oppo Find 7, as the recently unveiled Chinese phone accommodates a larger 5.5-inch screen. Hence, its ppi stands at 534. Still mind-blowing, but if it’s a spec war you want, then let’s have it all the way.

As far as processing power goes, the SM-G906S, which may or may not be branded as the Galaxy S5 Prime, crushes the Find 7 and any other top-shelf gizmo around, packing a chip that’s not even in circulation yet: a quad-core Snapdragon 805.

Samsung SM-G906S

Paired with a state-of-the-art Adreno 420 GPU, the CPU is oddly clocked at merely 2.5 GHz, not the 2.7 GHz we know it’s capable of under certain circumstances. Moving on, though it seemed the stage was all set for mobile devices to make the move to 4 GB RAM, the S5 Prime only ties the Note 3 in that particular department, carrying 3 gigs of memory.

That’s on par with Sony’s Xperia Z2 and a 50 percent boost from the original Galaxy S5. What else? Well, 32 GB built-in storage is apparently the standard now, which could signal a microSD card slot omission. Why would Samsung ditch storage expansion options? To get rid of plastic and finally deliver that all-metal Galaxy we’ve been fantasizing about, silly.

Of course, it’s way too early to jump to conclusions build material-wise, especially as all we have is circumstantial evidence. What’s certain (and a tad disappointing) is the SM-G906S won’t upgrade S5’s 16 MP rear-facing camera. Or the 2 MP front snapper. Wait, why is there no mention of 4K video recording?

Hmm, let’s hope it’s a typo, oversight, something to do with the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime being in the experimental stages of testing. By the by, the 3D graphics performance doesn’t look great… yet, probably due to unrefined software and hardware, as well as the system having to deal with a colossal pixel count.

Via [GFX Bench]

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