Samsung’s Galaxy S5 LTE-A edition – or the GS5 “Prime,” if you like – went official last month, and while it remains a South Korean exclusive, the allure of its 2K display and Snapdragon 805 SoC were just too much for us to pass up, compelling us to get our hands on one of these guys. While all this has been happening for Samsung, over on the LG side of fence we’ve been hearing about a similar upgrade coming to the G3. Sure, it already has that quad HD screen, but moving from its Snapdragon 801 to another 805 sure sounded like a move in the right direction. As we wait to see what LG intends to do with this model, we’re picking up new signs of its existence, as this apparent G3 Prime shows its face in the Bluetooth SIG database.
That new Bluetooth certification paperwork is for LG’s model LG-F460S. Just like with Samsung’s naming conventions, that trailing letter designates a carrier or market, and while we haven’t seen LG-F460S before, signs of a model LG-F460L were spotted last month – these both appear to be South Korean carrier variants of the same device. And where that LG-F460L turned up last time, in an Android build.prop file, it mentioned running an APQ8084 chip – that’s the Snapdragon 805.
With those dots all connected, it looks here like LG is very much moving forward with this model. Like we heard before, it still seems like this could launch as a South Korean exclusive, but we’re still interested to see what this new hardware has to bring, even if there’s little chance of it coming to the West. Word was that the G3 Prime could launch as soon as sometime this month, so it may not be long at all before we get some formal confirmation.