Thankfully, the newer Galaxy S5 is not a newly crowned range topping, metal clad, 64-bit processor toting Galaxy S5 Prime, but rather just the LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) version of the phone that the South Korean market is entitled to in each generation.
LTE-A or Cat-6 LTE is unavailable in most parts of the world, including South Africa, and has download speeds of up to 225Mbps which it achieves by combining huge chunks of frequency together to aggregate the massive bandwidth required for those kinds of speeds.
Besides for super-charged download speeds, the new Galaxy S5 LTE-A model comes sporting a few significant internal upgrades that would result in a mixed bag of reactions for those who have just shelled out the R10 000+ on the vanilla Galaxy S5.
The upgraded specs include a QHD 1440×2560 resolution Super AMOLED display that match the one found in the LG G3 (although it does best the G3 in the pixel density race by virtue of its smaller 5.1 inch display size against the 5.5 inch display in the G3) and the latest Snapdragon 805 quad core processor. The LTE-A version of the S5 has 50% more RAM than the regular smartphone, once again matching the LG G3 but also the Xperia Z2 in the specs department.
Should we be annoyed by the fact that we don’t get the best Galaxy S5 in South Africa? Do the upgraded specs matter to a significant enough portion of the people who bought the phone to warrant a reaction?
My personal feelings on the matter is that if I’m spending north of five figures on the best smartphone that Samsung offers, I would be upset when a better one is released within the first two months of the original launch.
[Source, Image – Samsung Tomorrow Flickr, Engadget]