The Samsung Galaxy S5 proved to be a bit of a disappointment. Sure, it had a cleaner interface (not a hard feat to pull off considering the clutter of older versions of the TouchWiz UI), a nifty fingerprint scanner and some fitness-tracking smarts, but on the whole it fell short. That may be because Samsung's had a superior successor up its sleeve all along.
Asia Today is reporting that Samsung is looking to follow-up the so-so S5 with a new version of the handset, the Galaxy S5 Prime. If the rumours are true, it looks set to land with at least two significant new features -- a QHD, 1440 x 2560 display, and a full metal chassis.
Now, the 5.1-inch 1080 x 1920 display already present in the S5 isn't half bad -- it's one of its best features in fact -- but a killer screen is the sort of headlining feature the S5 sorely lacked. The dimpled plastic casing present on the current model leaves a lot to be desired without question though, and a metal case could let the Galaxy line sit proudly against the slick HTC One and iPhone ranges.
Under the hood the S5 Prime is rumoured to have a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU, with 32GB of built-in storage and Android 4.2.2 KitKat the software base on which Samsung's own bells and whistles will be placed. A 16MP camera is also said to feature.
All sounding pretty good then, right? Though the answer is obviously "BIG MEGA BUCKS TO BE MADE", it makes you wonder why Samsung didn't just hold out for this release instead of pushing the disappointing S5 out. Still no official word from the company itself, but we'll keep you updated on whether the S5 Prime turns out to be real or not. [Asia Today via TechRadar]