Samsung’s Galaxy S5 launched with a 1080p display, despite incessant rumors in the months leading up to the phone’s debut claiming that Samsung was working on a pair of handsets, and one of them would feature a quad HD, 2K display. Even after this premium GS5 failed to materialize, we tried to keep our hopes up, but once CEO J.K. Shin got involved and dismissed the rumors of such a project, we started to lose faith. But could there still be something to all this? Today new evidence of a beefed-up, high-res version of the GS5 arrives, courtesy of the GFXBench benchmark database.
There we see Samsung model SM-G906S: the GS5 is model SM-G900 and that trailing S means a phone designed for the South Korean market. The phone appears to pack a 5.2-inch 2560 x 1440 display, has 3GB of RAM, and the presence of an Adreno 420 GPU indicates we’re looking at a Snapdragon 805. Other details include 32GB of storage and a 16MP main camera.
But for all those details, just what might this be? We could be looking at a test run for a project that got derailed before release. Or maybe this really is commercially focused hardware, but some that wouldn’t launch with the GS5 name (despite the model number similarities), keeping J.K. Shin true to his word about the absence of a premium GS5.