Yesterday we brought you the latest development in those rumors that just won’t die, claiming that Samsung is still cooking-up a smartphone very much like the Galaxy S5 we have now, but with a quad HD 2K display. After Samsung issued a denial that any such hardware was forthcoming, much of our conversation has focused on whether or not this device truly exists, and that’s very much what yesterday’s news covered. Today we get a treat, and instead of just talking about the model’s mere existence, we get to check out some very specific claims about its hardware, as well as the path that led Samsung to its creation.
SamMobile claims that Samsung indeed began GS5 development with the intent of going quad HD, but dropped the idea by the third of ten prototype designs that led to the ultimate Galaxy S5. Still, the idea seems to have continued on, picking up the codename Project KQ, apparently with the Q standing for “quad,” in contrast to the GS5’s origins as Project K.
As KQ, though, this effort appears to be continuing, and is reportedly now “in a middle- to late- phase of development.” While hardware’s not nailed-down just yet, one theory has the phone running a new Exynos 5430 SoC, complete with a higher-speed GPU, dedicated video decoding hardware, and an audio co-processor named SEIREN. This chip could also mark Samsung’s move to a 20nm process, a change we’ve been looking forward to for years now. Intel might get involved, as well, and the KQ may feature a new Intel LTE modem.
From the sound of things, this KQ may still be a way’s off, but we already find ourselves wondering if Samsung might be ready to start showing the model off by IFA 2014 in early September.