Samsung is widely expected to have a 'super-flagship' handset on the way later this year
Since before the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5, there've been rumors that the 5.1-inch GS5, with its 1080p display, wouldn't be the only Samsung flagship to launch in 2014. This "Galaxy S5 Prime," analysts suggested, would ship with a 5.25-inch 1440p display, 3GB of RAM and more internal storage. In the months that followed, benchmark leaks seemed to suggest that such a device was indeed in development. (And as has been rumored for just about every Samsung flagship, whispers of premium aluminum-based construction started to emerge too.)
The story of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is a little complex, with the "Prime" monicker unlikely to be used for any actual retail product. Instead, the name is generally used to refer to two Samsung handsets — one available now in the company's home market, the other rumored for global release later in 2014.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A
As the months led on, it became clearer that the reports of a "Galaxy S5 Prime" actually referred to at least two different devices. The first, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A launched in South Korea in June 2014, packing updated internals and display tech in a Galaxy S5-like body. The GS5 LTE-A (SM-G906) brought support for faster LTE networks along with an updated processor — Qualcomm's cutting-edge Snapdragon 805 — with 3GB of RAM and an all-new 1440p SuperAMOLED panel at 5.1 inches. On the surface at least, this seemed to be the GS5 Prime we'd been hearing about for the past several months. The only problem? It was a Korea-only product — Samsung told us it has no plans to release the device internationally.
Which is where the second GS5 Prime candidate comes in...
The Samsung Galaxy F
Separate to the Korea-only GS5 LTE-A, in late Spring reports started to emerge of another high-end Samsung phone in the works, this time with specs closer to the original Galaxy S5 Prime rumors. The Galaxy F, as it became known, was said to pack the same high-end internals as its Korean cousin, but with a larger display size of around 5.2 inches, and the potential for a wider international launch. Leaked images seemed to show a device around the same size as the existing Galaxy S5, but with much slimmer bezels and a new battery door pattern. Thanks to leaked renders we got to see this unannounced handset in a variety of colors, including black, white and gold.
If things pan out in the way we're expecting, the Galaxy F would likely go up against Apple's iPhone 6 later in the year.
More to come
So it's still unclear what form the global incarnation of the Galaxy S5 Prime — possibly the Galaxy F — will take, but chances are we're only a month or two away from finding out for sure. We'd expect to learn more about this, and Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 at the IFA show in Berlin this September.