The news of a premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 had been making rounds even before the Galaxy S5 was launched. However, since there had been no confirmations from the South Korean manufacturers of the smartphone, the news had been treated as an unfound rumor. Now, barely weeks after the launch of the Galaxy S5, it is being reported that the premium version of the phone will be launched in June.
According to a South Korean publication Asia Today, “industry sources” informed that a premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched in June this year. In fact, detailed reports of the phone, reportedly said to have a metal body, have appeared online even though Samsung continues to officially deny the possibility of such a device.
The premium phone is said to be similar in looks to the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S5 but will have a better screen with a 2K display, which is also known as the Quad HD display. In simpler terms, the premium Samsung Galaxy S5 – reportedly working titled Project KQ – would have a screen resolution of 2,560×1,440 pixels as compared to the 1,920×1,080 found on the current Galaxy S5.
The premium phone would also be more energy-efficient and will be powered by a Samsung Exynos 5430 processor. Meanwhile, in comparison, the Galaxy S5 is available in two different models. One version comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, while the other version is equipped with an octa-core Exynos 5 Octa 5422 chip.
The metal body in contrast to Samsung’s plastic casing phones, higher resolution and faster processor means the phone will be more exclusive than their existing flagship devices available in the market. This is the reason the reported Project KQ phone is being called a “premium” handset and is believed will target higher income consumers.
Since Samsung is officially refusing to comment on the smartphone, it is not known if the premium handset would be part of the Galaxy S range of smartphones as a variation or whether it would be the first of handsets in a new high-end flagship device line for the company.
It would not come as a surprise if an alternate, more high-end premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 does get launched in June since the South Korean manufacturers have gone down that road with their preceding flagship Galaxy S4. Last year, after Galaxy S4 was introduced into the market, Samsung came out with a smaller version of the flagship phone, known as the Galaxy S4 Mini. It also introduced other variation models with the names “Zoom” and “Active” with slightly different features to keep these models apart from the company’s main handset.
Surprisingly, smartphone users do not seem to be too excited about the likely possibility of a new, premium Samsung phone. Consumers took to social media and blogs to say that variations of flagship phones by the handset manufacturers was merely an attempt of the companies to squeeze in more sales. In fact, some users said that they believed the introduction of variation models of a flagship phone actually ended up hurting the sales of the latter since consumers had more options to purchase from.
Users on the social media also said that with the premium version of Samsung Galaxy S5 set to be reportedly launched in June, it seemed Samsung was walking in the footsteps of Apple, which is better known for introducing variation models to their main products. Some users also wondered if it was a wise decision to come up with a smartphone that has such high resolutions since research as shown that, unless an expert in visual images, a human cannot differentiate images that are higher than 1080 pixels on a smartphone screen.
By Faryal Najeeb