Samsung: No plans to launch Galaxy S5 LTE-A outside South Korea

Samsung made a surprise announcement yesterday to officially unveil the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, a new variant of the company’s 2014 flagship that brings major upgrades such as a WQHD (2560×1440) display, a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, and data speeds of up to 225 Mbps. However, as with the Galaxy S4 LTE-A from last year, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A was announced as an exclusive for South Korea (mainly because that’s the only country where consumers can actually access those blistering fast LTE-A networks), and according to Samsung, that exclusivity might continue for an indefinite amount of time.

A Samsung spokesperson told Android Central:

Samsung launches the Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A in Korea at the end of June 2014. At this moment, there is no specific plan to provide the product to the global market.

Of course, that shouldn’t be taken as a sign that a Galaxy S5 with better hardware than the original won’t show up in other markets in the future, but for now, consumers outside South Korea will have to be content with the not-so-impressive-anymore Galaxy S5 that launched back in April. The Galaxy S5 Prime/Galaxy F could launch as the international variant of the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but it does look like the Galaxy Note 4 is the only true flagship we can look forward to for the time being.


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2 years 5 days ago

is there a way to buy online from south korea and deliver to Europe? only ebay?

2 years 6 days ago

Start looking samsung replacement….any advise?

2 years 6 days ago

I’ve told at beginning of rumors about advanced S5 variant, that S5 Prime (or whatever they like to call it) will be Korean-only model.
It was clear, knowing Samsung history. It’s strange this news was surprised someone.

2 years 6 days ago


“Never say Never!”

2 years 7 days ago

Maybe samsung think only south korean afford to buy this device. Time to change another brand guys who treat their customers equally no matter where they live. Just counting the days that samsung will down like nokia.

2 years 7 days ago

Well, if Samsung released the Galaxy S4 “CAT4″ LTE variant last year in the international markets, then this variant may be released near the end of the year, or early next year (2015).

2 years 7 days ago

“we have no plans to bring out a prime S5″ – hmm, whats this then?, I think we now know better than to believe anything these liars tell us. @ssholes

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