Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A Special Edition swaps dimples for fake diamonds

by: Andrew GrushJune 20, 2014


Earlier this week Samsung took the veil of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, bringing LTE-A support alongside a faster Snapdragon 805 CPU, 3GB RAM and a QHD display. The specs might have been boosted forward, but the exterior remained the same. For those in South Korea that want the upgraded specs of the LTE-A model but are looking for something different, the Korean giant will also offer the Galaxy S5 LTE-A Special Edition.

So what’s different with the Special Edition? While the front remains the same as always, the perforated back has been swapped out in favor of a a diamond-like textured back that appears to offer a better grip. Whether it looks better or worse than the original GS5 is probably a matter of personal taste, but at least it is something a bit different.


Just like the S5 LTE-A, the Special Edition will remain exclusive to Korea into the foreseeable future, and reportedly this model will actually be sold only through Korean carrier Olleh. Of course, if you really like the look, there will likely be 3rd party replacement covers that mimic the design down the road. What do you think of the S5 LTE-A’s back, an improvement or another step backward?

  • Jesus

    Fake diamonds? I was expecting REAL diamonds.. come on AA, Jesus christ.

    • patrik

      You obviously have no idea how stupid people are these days.

  • MasterMuffin

    They just can’t make the back look good?

    • Joseph A. Yager

      They seem to have something against appealing cosmetics in general.

      • MasterMuffin

        I think the back of Note 3 is fine

        • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

          The Note 3 is the only Samsung phone that I think looks good.

          • JD

            I actually think the S5 and Note 3 are th ebst looking Sammy devices, their faux leather tablets look good too.
            The S5 looked horrible on reviews and photos, but after holding it and using it in person it Actually looked good.

          • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

            You’re right, I’ve never held the S5 so I can’t fully judge it yet. It may look bad but may feel good.

        • Corbin Crutch

          I agree. Me likey

  • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

    The diamonds look better than the dimples but I still think it looks somewhat ugly.

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  • Bob F

    A cover goes on it in the first 5 minutes anyway.

  • jpd514

    Very Nice!
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

  • Abd

    I almost dont remember what my note 3 looks like. It has a full cover and 99% of the time I’m looking at the gorgeous screen and enjoying the superior power of the device. That’s what really counts

  • Luka Mlinar

    S4 black edition was sexy. This is really bad.

  • Adon

    I like the faux leather better