samsung galaxy f

Rumors of a “premium” version of the Galaxy S5 have been circulating from the beginning of the year. Known as Galaxy F or Galaxy S5 Prime, this device is supposedly bringing a Quad HD screen, a faster processing package, and a premium finish to the tried and tested Galaxy S recipe.

Now what appears to be a press render could give us the first clear look at the premium S5, or as @evleaks calls it, the “supposed Galaxy F.”

At a glance, we notice the chromed frame around the device (similar with another set of alleged images of the S5 Prime/F) and the brushed finish of the back cover, which may be actual metal or a textured plastic similar to the LG G3. Samsung is no stranger of brushed metal textures – it used a very similar finish on the plastic Ativ S Windows Phone.

The camera, flash, and heart rate monitor on the back seem identical to the Galaxy S5’s, but the front camera is on a different position, just to the right of the ear piece grille.

We have some reservations about the authenticity of this image; the dotted render of the screen seems at odds with Samsung’s typical press shots, especially for a device that’s supposed to be super high res. And there’s the date, which coincides with the launch date of the Galaxy S5 at MWC in February – could this be a render prepared for what was supposed to be a simultaneous release of both versions, as some rumors suggested?

Regardless of the authenticity of this image, we are fairly sure that Samsung will introduce a new version of the Galaxy S5 sometime this month. It remains to be seen if this device is everything the rumor mill made it to be; even a premium Galaxy S5 will have some strong competition in the LG G3 and the Oppo Find 7, but that’s great news for us users.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.