Report: Samsung and LG to release upgraded flagships in South Korea soon

by: Robert TriggsJune 16, 2014
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Sources from South Korea indicate that both Samsung and LG are preparing to launch new flagship handsets in the coming months. The news comes as three local carriers, SK Telecome, LG Uplus, and KT, are on the verge of rolling out the next stage of their high speed LTE-A networks at the end of this month, which can reach theoretical peak download speeds of 225 Mbps.

A hardware update to support new mobile network technologies isn’t unheard of. Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 LTE-A handset with a Snapdragon 800 processor shortly after the release of the standard Galaxy S4. LG had also hinted that it would be launching a new device for the roll-out of this new network at a press conference in May.

We have been hearing, and seeing, bits and pieces about Samsung’s Galaxy F (or Galaxy S5 Prime), which seems like the most likely candidate for this new high-speed LTE-A smartphone. According to industry sources, the new Samsung handset will feature an “ultra-high definition display”, which I assume will be QHD (2560×1440) rather than 4K “UHD”, and a processor that supports the new broadband LTE-A network.

There’s less information about the LG handset’s specifics, although it is expected to be a LG G3 refresh which also supports the increased LTE-A network speeds.

Although hardware specifications are still being kept under wraps, the suspicion is that these handsets will be the first to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. Whilst we usually talk about processor performance details, the Snapdragon 805 has another interesting feature which is very relevant in this case – built in modem support for LTE category 6 data speeds of up to 300 Mbps. The current Snapdragon 801, found in both the Galaxy S5 and LG G3, supports maximum speeds of 150 Mbps.


Of course, a Snapdragon 805 powered smartphone would also come with some beefed up performance, thanks to the SoC’s Krait 450 CPU cores and new Adreno 420 GPU, which looks to be packing from serious graphics processing power. But we’ll leave the hardware pondering there, for now.

With LTE-A data speeds seemingly at the heart of this handset refresh, it’s unclear whether LG or Samsung plan to release their new smartphones in regions outside of South Korea, where data speeds are typically much slower. We will be sure to keep an eye on this story, as an official announcement can’t be too far away.

  • MasterMuffin

    I thought G3 couldn’t possibly have better specs!

    • David Baláž

      Well I thought G3 would have 805 as there were some leaks that 805 will debut at the end of May as LG G3 was announced. But then I was disappointed as that was the only thing that could defend the use of QHD display.

      That is also the reason why I am still “fishing” for a new device. Note 4 comes to mind or some upgraged flagship or at last wait till 1/2 of 2015 for a 810 device.

      • MasterMuffin

        Snapdragon 805 isn’t here yet so…

        There will always be a better SoC. If you keep waiting for the best all the time, you’ll never buy a device :)

        • Corbin Crutch

          Tell em sista!

        • David Baláž

          I did not say I will wait forever! I did not wait last year and bought Snapdragon 600 on FHD, which is not the very best performer. The 800 was right behind the door when I bought it.

          I have not made my mind yet. The only thing is I dont know how much better and how many more features will the 810 have compared to 805.

          I did not buy the S801 device because all and all it is a S800 and that would be just one step in cpu upgrade. S805 device would made me buy it the instant when I know 810 is just an upgrade to the 805.

          There 2 kinds of upgrades : minor and major (compared to something like in my case to S600 and its GPU)

          801- minor
          805- major
          810-major but not much info and availability

          My contract ends this Christmas so I still have plenty of “waiting time”. So by the end of the year I can decide to wait until MWC which is not that far ahead.

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh you have a contract. Android Silver (if it’s ever going to become reality) will be around that time too so you’ll have many cool options :)

          • David Baláž

            Yeah I do keep an eye on that too ! Would made my decision a lot easier!

  • Xavier_NYC

    I’m not eligible for an upgrade until October so I have nothing but time.. I’m not buying the G3 with the 801 knowing that there’s an 805 model available.. My G2 will hold me over until then

  • Ruz

    Its not about network speed but more about the processor and power consumption efficiency compared to 800 or 801 processor.. it is also about the new design and improved specs