Even with the increasing reports on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, the prospective device remains as elusive as ever. There have been several Galaxy S5 Prime sightings in recent weeks, but as each report surfaces, there comes the question of whether these reports are accurate. Here’s a rundown of the most recent sightings, some of which have been debunked and others that remain a mystery.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Image Leak
A supposed image leak, which originated from Phone Arena, depicts a device with Samsung branding that has a perforated back panel similar to that of the original Galaxy S5, but the panel appears to be made of metal as opposed to the polycarbonate plastic material for which Samsung is known. In addition, the leaked device features its speakers on the bottom side of the phone next to the USB port instead of on the back panel; otherwise it looks identical to the Galaxy S5. There has been no indication as to whether or not this leak is accurate.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Video Leak
A supposed video leak that originated from TK Tech News depicts a device with Samsung branding that features a flat, shiny, metallic looking back panel, which the source says is made of aluminum. TK Tech News notes that the device features extra reinforcement along the back panel in addition to a screen, which looks crisper than the 1920x1080 display on the Galaxy S5. Another rumored feature for the Galaxy S5 Prime, in addition to a metal exterior, is a QHD (2560×1440) display. Aside from being the Galaxy S5 Prime, the source speculates that the device could be the Galaxy S5 Active, which may be launched at the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Premiere press event. TK says that the handset is a “pre-production model,” but Phil Nickinson of Android Central believes this leak is a fake.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime On AnTutu
Several variants of the SM-G906 model number have been discovered and are believed to be associated with the Galaxy S5 Prime. Recently, a device with the model number SM-G906A showed up in the AnTuTu benchmark database. The benchmark results have since been removed from AnTuTu but were preserved by G For Games. The new model exposure claims that the device tested features a 5.2-inch (1920x1080) Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB mobile RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera and the Android 4.4.3 KitKat operating system.
These specifications are largely different than the ones accepted for the Galaxy S5 Prime, which include a QHD (2560×1440) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset or Samsung Exynos 5430 CPU, 3 GB RAM, a 16-megapixel main camera, 3,000mAh and Android 4.4.3 KitKat. The Galaxy S5 Prime has been pegged as an even higher-end version of the Galaxy S5, and many have come to expect reports of higher-end hardware for the device, such as a display with a higher resolution, a faster processor, and a higher capacity of RAM and internal storage. Many expect the Galaxy S5 Prime will have the features that weren't included in the Galaxy S5.
Though the SM-G906 model number is widely accepted as the Galaxy S5 Prime, some aren't quite certain if the two are related. Informant Evleaks recently reported on a model number, SM-N910, and G for Games wonders if this could be the actual Galaxy S5 Prime model number. However, Evleaks has connected the new model number to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4, indicating that the device may feature 32GB of internal storage. Currently, the Galaxy Note 3 is the only Samsung flagship, which has the 32GB model as its primary storage variant. Many have also considered that the SM-N910 model number is similar to the SM-N900 model for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which could indicate that SM-N910 is a continuation to the Galaxy Note series.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime Gets Bluetooth Certification
Recent reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime has received Bluetooth certification. A listing from the Bluetooth SIG details that a device with the model number SM-G906L has been certified as compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 or later. As we’ve mentioned, the SM-G906 series is associated with the Galaxy S5 Prime. While this certification does little to confirm anything about the Galaxy S5 prime, it does indicate that a Samsung device with the model number SM-G906 does exist and may be close to release. There has been news that the Galaxy S5 Prime may come around June. Reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Google Play Edition, which reportedly goes by the model number SM-G900FG, has also received Bluetooth certification.