Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 includes QHD display, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 805

We came away pretty impressed after our time with Samsung's Galaxy S5, and while it wasn't quite perfect, there was a lot to like about the device. Indeed, with a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC and 2GB of RAM, it's one of the most powerful handsets on sale, and its 16MP camera, and 5.1-inch Full HD (1920x1080px) Super AMOLED screen didn't leave us wanting for much either. 

But some people just want more, and as avid technophiles, we can certainly empathize with that. So if the original Galaxy S5 was just too tame for your outrageous mobile needs, it's perhaps no surprise that Samsung has launched a new variant of its flagship smartphone just for you. 

Samsung announced its new Galaxy S5 LTE-A today, and as the name suggests, this latest version of the device includes support for 4G LTE-A networks (or LTE Advanced, sometimes referred to as '4.5G'), offering download speeds of up to 225Mbps. Very few carriers around the world support LTE-A yet, but some - such as Australia's Telstra and EE in the UK - are already working on deployments.

LTE-Advanced is more widely available in South Korea, where the newest S5 variant has launched - and where it may well remain, as the limited availability of LTE-A makes it unlikely that the company will launch the device in other markets. Given the rest of the handset's specs, that may well make you a little bit jealous of our Korean friends. 

The S5 LTE-A is the first Samsung handset to feature a Quad HD (2560x1440px) display, bringing it in line with LG's recently launched G3. The Samsung device offers greater pixel density than the G3, thanks to its slightly smaller display, offering 577ppi, versus the 538ppi of the LG's 5.5-inch screen.

The new Samsung is also the world's first handset to go on sale with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 chipset, featuring a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU and 500MHz Adreno 420 GPU, paired with 3GB of RAM. 

Are you planning to buy the new Galaxy S5 LTE-A in Korea? Or are you elsewhere, hoping that it will launch in your part of the world? Or is there another device entirely that you've got your eye on? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (Flickr) via Engadget | lower image via Samsung

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Nice new Adreno 420 GPU, then hobble it with millions of extra pixels you can't see without a microscope. WTG Samsung.

I imagine this will come with new improved shorter battery life too.

#Michael said,
I ask this with every new samsung device. Why do I need these insane specs on what is still a phone?

You don't need them, then again you don't need to buy it either.
You could always go for a galaxy neo or other phone like that.

Exactly. I think soon the Motorola Atrix and Asus Padfone will become a real deal, they have been ahead of their time... Complete mobility = +5" phablet. Gaming and surfing = 8" to 10" Tablet. Total power = 14" Laptop. Of course the phablet will have all the power; 8Gb RAM, Quadcore, 512 SSD, 4K and video output, and a Micro USB. I could live with that in my pocket!

I've seen 5.1in devices being used in person. They seem too big to me. People always look a little odd when they use these large phones to actually call other people. As a multi-media device, the specs sound great, if anything a little overkill, I'm sure a phone doesn't need 3GB RAM or quad core processing.

You have to use one yourself.

I have an LG G2, 5.2-inch 1080p display and it's wonderful. Now I wonder why I was so reluctant to go this big before. I can browse in tablet mode, I can enjoy more of everything, I can type more easily, I can watch TV and movies. I'll probably go somewhere close to 6 inches for my next phone.

I wonder where all the people speculating on the "metal" premium S5... You had to be blind not to see that it was an LTA device as was with previous S4.