Looks like those rumors suggesting an imminent arrival of a LTE-A version of the Galaxy S5 were spot on, as Samsung has just unveiled the handset in South Korea. The device sports a beefier Snapdragon 805 CPU and a QHD display with a resolution of 2560x1440.
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 LTE-A boasts a pixel density of 577 ppi, beating out the LG G3's 538 ppi. The phone comes with the Snapdragon 805 SoC, which offers a 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 450 CPU and an Adreno 420 GPU that includes desktop-level features like tessellation and geometry shaders. The presence of a Gobi MDM9635 modem allows you to download at 225 Mbps.
The amount of RAM has also been increased from 2GB on the standard Galaxy S5 to 3GB on the LTE-A model. Other hardware details remain the same, with the device sporting a 16MP ISOCELL camera, 2MP front facing sensor and a finger and heart rate scanner. The GS5 LTE-A is also IP67 certified, rendering it dust and water resistant.
In terms of connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB 3.0 and an IR sensor. While the QHD display and the faster LTE are all major improvements, we wonder how the device would cope with the 2,800 mAh battery, which is the same one used in the standard FHD version of the Galaxy S5.
Currently, the GS5 LTE-A is available exclusively in South Korea, with an estimated launch on SK Telecom scheduled for later this week for the equivalent of $919. The device will be available in five color variations: Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold, Sweet Pink, and Glam Red.
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Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Flickr)