Rumors of a QHD Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime surfaced way before the South Korean company introduced the Galaxy S5. Now the rumors are back saying that Samsung hasn’t ditched the idea of a premium Galaxy S5 model and that the new handset will be released in time to compete against LG’s upcoming G3 flagship.
A report from Sammobile suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is already in “mid- to late-phase development” and that it’s codenamed “kq.” For what it’s worth the Galaxy S5 is known as “klte,” its codename being used by custom ROM developers like CyanongenMod, AOKP, or ParanoidAndroid to label the device.
But what about Samsung’s CEO JK Shin denying the rumors saying a premium version of Galaxy S5 is on the way? There are two theories for that. On one hand he might have done that in order to keep the Galaxy S5 sales solid, knowing that customers might think twice about purchasing the current S5 with a premium model on the way. On the other hand, the Galaxy S5 Prime might not actually be related to the current S5. Rumor has it that the premium model could be called Galaxy F, therefore giving birth to a new, premium line-up of Samsung smartphones.
Sammobile also revealed that the alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime might be underpinned by Samsung’s Exynos 5430, Intel LTE chipset. We remind you that early rumors suggested that the handset might sport a Snapdragon 805 SoC. Chances are that the Exynos 5430 variant might be reserved for select markets like South Korea, while the European and US models might indeed arrive with a Snapdragon 805 processor. They also confirmed the much-awaited Quad HD (1440 x 2560) display.
Since the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is aimed as a competitor for the LG G3, the South Koreans will definitely want the premium handset to debut almost synchronized with its LG rival. Rumor has it that the LG G3 will be officially unveiled late June and released on the market early July, so if the rumors prove true and the S5 Prime is indeed in the works, expect it to arrive in the same time frame.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to check the veracity of the report, so, as usual, we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt as nothing is official until Samsung says so.