Before the Galaxy S5 became official, the rumor mill swirled around all sorts of lofty claims such as the possibility of iris scanners, a possible button-less design and the most prevalent rumor was that there would be a ‘premium’ version of the Galaxy S5.
After the GS5 was unveiled, there was a fair share of people that were disappointed that the next-gen Galaxy S didn’t see the rumored massive hardware/software design overhaul that many had hoped for. Many of these folks then turned their attention towards a rumor that claimed Samsung could be bringing out a premium Galaxy S5 variant sometime in the next few months.
Many Samsung fans have long dreamed of a premium handset, but JK Shin has now potentially shattered that dream
Unfortunately, JK Shin has now potentially shattered this dream. According to the Korean media, JK Shin has officially denied the possibility of a premium Galaxy S5, saying that all the rumors reporting its existence are false. Shin instead mentioned that Samsung would be releasing a Galaxy Note model in the fall — a pretty obvious statement.
Does this completely close the door on a metal-clad premium Galaxy handset? Not necessarily. At least judging by the reports we’ve seen, JK Shin simply said there was no “premium Galaxy S5”, he didn’t say that the company will never make a handset with a premium metallic design.
Past rumors claimed that the premium Galaxy handset could end up under the name Galaxy F, so perhaps JK Shin carefully worded his statement to keep the existence of the Galaxy F under wraps? After all, if the device featured a metal body, a Snapdragon 805 CPU, and a QHD display — it would really be more of a brand new handset and not just a premium GS5 variant.
That said, we wouldn’t get our hopes up. Samsung has stuck pretty closely to its guns when it comes to refusing to use metal and sticking withe plastic. It also seems like a horrible marketing move to release the Galaxy S5 and then a few months later pull out a completely new model that has a similar form factor but better specs and a nicer design. Then again, Samsung has pulled similar moves before.
What do you think, is the Samsung Galaxy S5 premium (AKA Galaxy F) a myth, or is Samsung just trying to keep it under wraps a bit longer?