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Galaxy S5 LTE-A could hit Europe, but without Quad HD and Snapdragon 805
We have some news on the LTE-A version of Samsung’s Galaxy S5, and it’s a mixed bag. The good news is the device will launch in some European markets. The bad news – well, you read the headline…
That’s the gist of a report from the folks over at Sam Mobile, who allegedly received information from one of their trusted sources.
Said Euro version is apparently called Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A, an unwieldy name if we ever heard one, and is different from the version that launched in June in Korea.
The Korean model is also known as SM-G906S/K/L (depending on carrier) or lentislte, while the European model is codenamed SM-G901F/KCat6xx. But the differences extend beyond the codenames – instead of the powerful Snapdragon 805 of the Korean model, European users will get an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 processor, and the screen is Full HD, not Quad HD. Of course, as I argued back in June, user experience could be just as good with this configuration.
The big selling point remaining for the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE is Category 6 LTE-A compatibility, which can ensure download speeds of up to 225 Mbps. That’s possible thanks to a standalone Intel LTE modem.
The other specifications will reportedly remain the same with the original Galaxy S5. The report does not specify a release period for the device, though IFA next month could be the perfect opportunity.
No news on the eventual availability of Galaxy S5 LTE-A in other markets beside Europe and South Korea.