Ready or not, we now appear to be entering the age of QHD smartphones! Not only has Vivo announced their XPlay 3S with a 2560×1440 resolution, even Oppo has confirmed their upcoming Find 7 will feature a QHD (aka 2K) display. Aside from these two Chinese handset makers, we’ve also heard quite a few reports that suggest Samsung is preparing to release the Samsung Galaxy S5 with a QHD display sometime in early 2014.
So do we have any real proof that Samsung is cooking up such a handset for release in early 2014? While we’ve yet to see anything truly concrete, there have been several benchmark sightings for Samsung devices with a resolution of 2560×1440, including the SM-G900F and SM-G900S. Both of these handsets are widely believed to be versions of the upcoming Galaxy S5.
Lending further credence to the idea that Samsung may soon release a QHD handset, last night @evleaks took to Twitter to report that AT&T is currently testing a high-res Samsung handset by the name of SM-G900A.
AT&T is testing a version of that high-res Samsung handset (SM-G900A), giving some support to the theory that it's an int'l flagship (GS5?)
— @evleaks (@evleaks) December 18, 2013
Of course just because a carrier is already testing the handset doesn’t mean it is coming right away. Depending on the rumor, the Galaxy S5 is said to be arriving anywhere from as early as the first quarter of 2014 or as late as April.
It’s also important to note that we can’t say for sure that the SM-G900 is in fact the Galaxy S5, though unless Samsung is gearing up for a new flagship brand — the S5 seems like the most obvious choice when it comes to debuting a QHD display. Aside from a QHD display, the rumor mill also suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature a Snapdragon 800 (or even 805) CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
What do you think, excited by the idea of a handset with a QHD resolution? Do you think Samsung is preparing to release the Galaxy S5 early, or do you believe the handset won’t be coming until April or later? Let us know what you think in the comments below.