Samsung has seriously thrown us all for a loop when it comes to rumors about a premium version of the Galaxy S5 that might offer a screen with a quad HD resolution. The official word from the manufacturer may be “this isn’t happening,” but nearly as soon as it denied the allegations we started picking up the fresh scent of evidence. Earlier this month we saw a Samsung model SM-G906 (versus SM-G900 for the GS5 itself) show up in a benchmark database with that insanely high-res 2K screen. Now that model is back, this time earning a mention in India’s import/export records.
The listing dates back just days, indicating a shipment of four SM-G906K handsets from South Korea to India. Last time we were talking about the SM-G906S, but both those S and K suffixes indicate versions of the same phone planned for South Korean carriers.
Samsung has to give a value for imports like this, and the data it provided the authorities represents a value of about $500 per unit. While that seems a bit low for a 2K version of the GS5, we wouldn’t read too much into that, though, as the figure’s really not too far off from the value Samsung gave for the GS5 itself.
With it seeming increasingly likely that this model really exists, just how might it arrive? If Samsung is standing firm by it’s “no premium GS5” message, does that mean that some new branding might be in store for us? Just as the presumed Galaxy S5 Zoom may instead pick up the Galaxy K name, could a 2K GS5 take a similar path?We may not have to wait very long before we find out.