Rumor: AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 already in testing under the name SM-G900A

December 18, 2013

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    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.


    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.

    Comments

    • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

      QHD resolutions, 64 bit processors aside, handset makers and Google should concentrate more on reducing the ‘fragmentation gap’

      • Alex Alexander

        Every OEM is going in that direction and because few of them start to make their phones in that way doesn’t mean fragmentation.

        • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

          I was talking about the fragmentation ‘gap’ , to be precise – concentrating equally on pushing the software as close to the most recent version of Android, as possible.

          • NeedName

            because they don’t make any money from updating devices. . . even google only updates for 18 months from date of introduction. and this won’t change, thus if being “up to date is important to you” then buy a device heavily supported by the ROM community or go with a different platform — I’m keeping an eye on Ubuntu Touch.

            • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

              Thanks for the advice, I use Nexus 5. :D BTW, ‘they don’t make money from updating devices’ is a very vague statement to make. I wouldn’t want to dwell much on software economics and goodwill now. Have it your way.

            • http://srinivasg.com/ Srinivas Gollapudi

              BTW, yes. Ubuntu Touch is very promising.

            • jjordan

              If a manufacturer supports their old devices with software updates then customers are more likely to continue brand loyalty because a consumer knows their year old device will still see updates and bug fixes…so yea they do make money off of updates

            • NeedName

              Then maybe you could explain why none update long term — 18 months is the current standard and google had to push them on that.

              While you talk a good theory the current reality is different.

        • Alaska Ryder

          Latest isn’t always the greatest, look at the problems KitKat has brought to the Nexus line.

      • ziplock9000

        Resolutions *should not* make any difference, it’s poor design and development. Web pages have (when done well) work will various sizes. Windows apps that are not full screen have been doing this for decades. It’s the fixed sized idiots that cause this problem.

    • Bishop

      Really excited about this. I thought I would stick with my Galaxy S4 longer, but I’m upgrading as soon as this comes out….. Really excited to see, first hand, the higher resolution of the S5 and enjoying the 4k recording capabilities currently available on the Note 3. Would be great if the pushed the 4K video recording to 60fps. I truly hope they also have the 32GB version as their base model, no need for 16 GB version at this point. I’m hopeful Samsung will release it around March.

      • Open_Apple_Manager

        Anyone serious about making extreme resolution, professional videos is NOT going to hold a small cell phone in his hand and shoot through a very tiny plastic lense.

        Ugh.

        • Bishop

          Of course not. Just the same way we don’t use current smartphones to record any professional 1080p video or take professional pics. But if your on the go and decide to record something, that’s what these cell phones cams are for. They are not here to replace DSLR cameras or professional camcorders for obvious reasons.

          But if they can offer 4k recording, why not? Either drop over $4,000 dollars for a prosumer 4k camcorder or this will be a good alternative. Because by the looks of things it seems that the manufactures aren’t really focused on introducing new technology on entry level prosumer camcorders. It’s as if they are only introducing very low level entry camcorders because they feel they’ve lost part of that market to these cell phones.

          I’ll be very surprised if they introduce entry level prosumer 4k camcorders at CES. It would be great, but I don’t see it happening yet.

          • On a Clear Day

            Many – many – years ago a study was done in Japan to test whether high resolution TV screens provided any true, perceivable advantage. They found that they did – but only in Japanese homes where space was at a premium and people almost sat on top of their TVs (facetiously speaking somewhat, but almost actually in reality true too).

            Whereas, in countries like the U. S. where most people sat back at greater distances in larger TV rooms – any real benefit was negligible due to the limitations of the human eye to perceive any worthwhile difference.

            There is a saying that I believe is British that is apropos all the phony hype and ingenuous “excitement” being engendered by the revolutionary news of these high resolution screens on teeny tiny devices -

            “Pole vaulting over mouse manure.”

            AGAIN, manufacturers (and their spin master advertising copywriters) are focusing on fluff and more interested in selling the sizzle than caring about the quality of the steak producing it; in their continuing, unending question to “mark” out their territories as being the best of the best because WE have “the newest and best”. Marketing slight of hand 101.

            God spare us from the style over substance marketing gurus.

            • Bishop

              Proper sitting distance is more important than the aesthetic of furniture arrangement if your serious about your viewing experience. My perfect viewing distance is about 1 foot for every 10 inches the screen has. So I sit about 6 feet away from my 65 inch tv. Not everyone does this and a lot of people will sit very far from their tv’s.

            • On a Clear Day

              I know that somewhere – if we were interested enough – which I’m not – to look it up there is some formula I read about that supposedly delineates the correct viewing distance for art, for TV’s etc, but as with all things in life it boils down “to each his own” and as long as we aren’t hurting anyone, well, more power to each of us for having the courage to stand up and do what works best for each of us! Vive la différence

    • Keith Taylor

      Thank God for choice.

    • Rajkumar

      Why isn’t that we don’t get at least a rumour that says S5 or the next Sammy device is Lag Free. At least for the sake of rumour.

      • Alex Alexander

        Maybe if you switch from you Galaxy S1 you wouldn’t see it lag anymore.

        • Rajkumar

          For your kind information I have an S2, S3 and Xperia ZR. I would have gone with S4 but due to various review speaking on its lag I decided to stay clear. And Now u stay clear of me.

          • bob

            hello? galaxy s4 takes 3 sec to open phone app. PHONE app. but thats not because of samsung. its because of google and their half-baked marketing platform called os by some

            • Rajkumar

              But why is it I feel Sony’s Z is a bit faster and smoother than S4 ( I tried it at the sammy store)

            • Phil Rigby

              Because Samsung’s TouchWiz interface is a resource hog and is laggy. That’s why. Switch Home launcher to Apex or Nova and you’ll do better.

            • Gator352

              It might be a little. I have a Note 3 and it flies. But like you said, change the launcher and it’s a whole different world!

            • Rajkumar

              Yes u r absolutely right. I just purchased Nova. Kudos Bro. Thanks for the tip. It’s refreshing to use a launcher :)

            • NeedName

              WTF?????

              the phone apps opens nearly instantaneously on a galaxy Nexus.

            • bob

              im talking about galaxy s4

            • NeedName

              no, you claimed it was due to: “its because of google and their half-baked marketing platform called os by some”

              If it works fine on a Nexus it isn’t Google’s fault it sucks on an S4.

            • AndroidBoss

              Hello? No it doesn’t, stop lying.

            • bob

              time it

            • AndroidBoss

              Just did, took like 1.5 seconds.

            • bob

              and thats acceptable?

            • AndroidBoss

              Well, it’s not 3 seconds as you said so stfu. It just took time to load the contacts, that was the 1 second.

            • Gator352

              You want instantaneous Bob? Really? 1.5 seconds is too slow?
              Damnit Bob, We’re phone users, not people who time apps to complain!

            • 93foxwcubes

              Lg g2 has no lag. Takes .5 sec to open apps. Back an forth. If u want a lag free phone go with G2, forget about samy.

            • Gator352

              Engrish anyone? Engrish?

            • Rajkumar

              Seriously Bob u r complaining Google for the lag…. Go back dear BOB u know nothing

            • A_Noyd

              I have a Nexus 5 and it opens almost instantly, Snapdragon 800 here. Very fast. So feel free to keep making up crap as you go along.

            • Jayfeather787

              2 seconds on my 2 year old (almost 3 in a few months) HTC Sensation with a Snapdragon s3 running 4.4 Kit Kat Carbon ROM OC to 1.5 GHz.

          • Gator352

            “And Now u stay clear of me.”

            OOOO! Or what?

            The S3 yeah, some lag. The S4 after a few updates, smooth as ice cream.

            • Rajkumar

              Yeah I am looking to buy a N3 this in a week or two. Might be for new year. I am also considering 1520. But it looks like I will go with a N3.

            • Gator352

              Just make sure that you play around with it at your local store to make sure it’s for you. It’s a big phone…almost to big. The N3 is loaded with bloatware but I find some of it actually useful.

            • Rajkumar

              sure bro. thank you :)

    • ziplock9000

      Snapdragon 800? Hmm.. So they would release another phone that is not as powerful as the iPhone 5? 805? how much more powerful is that CPU?

      • bob

        exactly! i thought android is all about spec wars. i guess qualcomm aint capable enough. vertical integration people, vertical integration!

        • ziplock9000

          The Samsung S series is not the entirety of Android, only part of it. Being a flagship it *IS* about specs. My point being is that they should wait until the CPU is a large enough step up, otherwise we’ll start seeing people skipping two models not just one on their upgrade path. Personally I’m waiting for the Nexus 6.

      • 93foxwcubes

        Dude, dint believe what they say about iphone. Its bull. IPhone 5 lags and freezes on ios7. IPhone 5s too, and ios7 only has minor upgrades, tweaks. Android has way more functions and phones with the 800 snapdragon dont lag. I promise u if u go with an lg g2 you wont ever look back, or go back to an iPhone.

        • ziplock9000

          I’m talking purely about the CPU/GPU which in benchmarks have proven to (unfortunately) be faster in the iPhone 5 than leading Android phones at the time. I’d hate for that STILL to be the case on the next release of a flagship phone.

          • 93foxwcubes

            You’re giving benchmark test way too much importance. Forget about that marketing bull. They just do that to make apple look like they are better than the competition no matter what.
            Also, forget about samy for a while. Let them sort out their bugs and wait for at least a gs5 with an 800 snapdragon. If you want a phone that doesn’t lag, is butter smooth, fast, slim and the battery life is outstanding, try the lg g2. Its phenomenal

            • ziplock9000

              I’m more than happy with my Nexus 4. :)

            • 93foxwcubes

              If the nexus 4 had doors the g2 would blow them off.

            • HdzBlue

              I’m not. It has pretty indecent battery life.

    • wawa

      Its not really next gen 2014 unless it has snapdragon 805. 800 will be a bummer for a 2014 flagship. Other than that, no complaints

    • wawa

      Also what happened to exynos 6. Everyone foegot about exynos 6, the rumored true octa core 64 bit 14nm processor. Snapdragons 20nm technology and still 32 bit processor doesnt seem right especially since samsung ahould be competing with the 64 bit and making their own operating system tizan. I hope that nvidia tegra 6 will be on note 5 in 2015. It is 64bit and surpasses ps4 graphics.

    • Dooberskystein

      if its not octacore and with LTE-A, its kinda wasty

    • rhozze

      Samsung is very-very good and interested product. There is no doubt in quality and performance of this product. I’m very interested with samsung product, especially in gadget. site Harga HP Samsung is one of site i like that showing information about Samsung Gadget.

    • http://www.mahadera.com/ Jayson Tamayo

      Dear Smartphone Makers,

      Please focus on improving your smartphones’ battery life. Thanks.

      • On a Clear Day

        But Jayson, that would mean they would have to actually do something hard – like work – on solving a serious problem; much easier to wax poetic, trumpet “revolutionary” resolution and “advances” more advanced than advanced – as the next be all and end all of the smartphone world, than roll up their sleeves and get serious about making our lives easier and their phones less problematic for us. sms

    • Amine Elouakil

      Early benchmarks shows the 8074AC which is not the Snapdragon 805 but 800

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