With a bit of a catch.
The S5 LTE-A is an upgraded S5, currently sold only in the Korean market. In the same basic package as the regular S5, Samsung has upgraded the CPU, RAM, graphics processor and screen. The S5’s Snapdragon 801 System on a Chip (SOC), has been replaced by the new 805 chipset, the GPU upgraded from an Adreno 330 to the more powerful Adreno 420, and the screen from the S5’s HD display (1920 x 1080), to a QuadHD screen with a whopping 2560 x 1440 pixels. System memory has been bumped from 2 GB to 3.
All in all, a highly desirable phone, which most of us will never see.
But now comes word that this phone, with a small modification, is on its way to Europe. For some reason, probably due to supply limitations on the QuadHD screen, the version going to Europe is expected to have the S5’s HD display, rather than the QuadHD version. All in all, that’s a trade-off I’d be happy to make. The visible differences between the two AMOLED panels is small, unless you’re using a microscope to view your phone, and the lower res screen will use less power and allow even faster screen redraws. If this phone comes to the Americas, I’ll buy it in a heartbeat. Even if we don’t have the LTE-A infrastructure. The faster CPU and graphics processor, combined with the extra RAM, will make this a beast of a phone even even with regular LTE service.
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Samsung, unfortunately, has indicated they have no plans to sell this phone in the North American market. What do you think? Would you buy this phone if it were available to you?
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January 16 2019