While we don’t consider the Galaxy S5 a particularly tough act to follow, we didn’t think Samsung would try to one-up itself so soon after its launch (historical precedent aside). Nevertheless here we are: not even three months after the original Galaxy S5 hit store shelves, a revised version with a more powerful processor, more memory, and a higher-resolution display is upon us. Its official name is the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but others have taken to calling it the “Galaxy S5 Prime.”
If that doesn’t sound right to you, you’re not alone: there’s considerable confusion surrounding the Galaxy S5 Prime nickname at the moment, thanks to the hot-and-heavy rumors concerning Samsung’s other supposed high-ender, the Galaxy F. And with the same fit and finish as its “sub-Prime” predecessor, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A isn’t at all as intriguing. But that hasn’t stopped folks from venting their frustrations about Samsung’s rollout of a better-specced Galaxy S5 so soon after the original’s launch, or its compounding that offense by making it exclusive to South Korea (for now).
We’re of the opinion that the side-by-side differences are minor enough to go unnoticed by the average buyer – an opinion we shared in our Galaxy S5 Prime vs Galaxy S5 comparison – but now it’s time to narrow our focus and consider the revised flagship as its own device. Does the LTE-A variant truly represent the best of Samsung’s Galaxy S line, and is that enough to warrant choosing it over your local carrier’s version? Find out in our Galaxy S5 review video below!
(Our review device comes to us from the folks at 28Mobile, a Swedish-owned, Hong Kong-based retailer of mobile devices. If you want a Galaxy S5 LTE-A of your own, pay them a visit … and tell ‘em Pocketnow sent you!)