The idea of Samsung releasing two distinct versions of the Galaxy S 5 has been a component of GS5 rumors for months, and rumors have sort of settled on this notion of handsets with 1080p and 1440p screens – the regular and premium GS5, respectively. But even assuming that this is based in fact, how might Samsung actually go about selling the phones. In years past, we’ve had differences like Exynos or Snapdragon-based Galaxy S models, but they were all sold under the same name – just in different markets. Would larger differences like we’re anticipating for this year mean that Samsung might have to go to more of an effort to let consumers tell the models apart? That could be where it’s going, and an early GS5 case listing gives us one idea of how that branding might work.
A Spigen-made GS5 case is up on Amazon, with an anticipated in-stock date for mid-April. It claims to be designed to support the “Samsung Galaxy S5 (2014) & Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).”
OK, but how much faith do we want to put in this? There’s a chance that “Prime” might just be a generic designation to distinguish between the two models, especially if Spigen isn’t yet aware of the ultimate branding. Then again, maybe its sources for info on the phone’s dimensions and design also hooked the company up with the name.
Still, there is some wonkiness to these shots. Some of them show a handset with a physical home button, while others do not. Similarly, the earpiece appears and disappears between renders. Sloppiness or a telling detail? For the moment it’s too hard to say. And while it feels a bit like a broken record to say so at this point, we’ll know for sure what’s going on in just a short matter of time, with Samsung’s Unpacked event just about 72 hours away.