After it introduced three new Galaxy Tab 4 tablets earlier today, Samsung finally confirmed all the rumors that surfaced over the past few of months and officially unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime.
As you may know, late February, the folks at Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S5 which arrived with a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 MP primary camera, and a dimpled plastic back, even though it was reported that the company’s flagship smartphone for 2014 will arrive with an aluminium body.
Soon after the Galaxy S5 launch it was rumored that the Koreans will also debut a premium Galaxy S5 model and now the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is officially official sporting an aluminium body and upgraded hardware platform.
The smartphone brings a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, 4 GB of RAM, quad-core 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 with Krait 450 CPU and quad-core Adreno 420 GPU. It also arrives with 4 GB of RAM, 32/64 GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards up to 128 GB, and a 3,500 mAh battery.
The primary camera is the same 16 MP unit that debuted on the standard Galaxy S5 capable of recording 4K videos and to focus in just 0.3 seconds, but it now arrives with Optical Image Stabilization. The front-facing shooter has a 5 MP sensor.
Galaxy S5 Prime also features a fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, breathalyzer, and a water and dust proof case. Samsung said that courtesy of the water proof aluminium body and special camera lens, the S5 can be used for taking photos while scuba diving.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box with TouchWiz UI on top of it, which arrives with a plethora of features like Selective Focus (allows the user to choose the focus point after a picture was taken), Download Booster (combines WiFi and LTE to improve download speeds), Private Mode (hide selected apps and photos and protect them using the fingerprint sensor), or Ultra Power Saving Mode (turns the display black and white and shuts down unnecessary processes to improve battery life).
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime has learned a couple of new tricks too. One of them is S Drive Safely which takes advantage of the integrated breathalyzer to measure the alcohol levels in your blood from a breath sample and let you know whether you are good to drive. The other one is called S Belieber and it allows the users to take selfies then “photoshop” Justin Bieber in them.
Samsung failed to reveal the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, but they mentioned the smartphone will go on sale in June 2014 at 230 retailers. For more photos and information of the new Samsung handset you can check the official press release at this link.
Update: Like many of you signaled in the comments section, this was indeed an April Fools prank!