Report: Galaxy S5 to have Full HD display initially, QHD model to follow few months later

All the leaks and rumors in the past few weeks have hinted at the fact that the Galaxy S5 will have two models, with one of them having a standard 1080p display and the other sporting a QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels (and other premium features such as a metallic build.) Now, the Korean media is reporting that the model with the QHD screen could actually come a few months after the 1080p display variant, owing to issues Samsung is having with optimizing the picture quality on the QHD panel. According to the report, the QHD display will also be a tad smaller at 5.1-inches, compared to the 5.25-inch Full HD display.

The model with the Full HD screen will be the standard variant (reportedly water- and dust-proof), and it will be the one that Samsung will announce at its Unpacked event next Monday at Mobile World Congress. While this is just a rumor, it does gel with the many leaks that have suggested that the North American models of the Galaxy S5 will all come with a 1080p display – some thought it would be a case of the US getting a lesser model, but if the report is accurate, it will simply be a matter of Samsung waiting it out a few months before unleashing a Galaxy S5 variant with a much sharper display than we’ve seen on smartphones before.

Which, by the way, matches yet another rumor about Samsung pricing the Galaxy S5 lower than previous iterations in the popular Galaxy S series – having a QHD display would have made that a rather difficult task, but with the initial model not sporting an ultra-sharp display, it’s a rumor that suddenly doesn’t feel very far-fetched.


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3 years 2 months ago

I have to agree with many others here – I also agree that Samsung are overplaying their hand. Firstly by releasing so many variations of the same model phone which, in a way, cheapens the high end handset you have just bought, and secondly, releasing ever higher specked models every couple of months – just as they did with the S4 and now they are looking to do with the S5.
And to all those saying the QHD is only a few months wait…well, that’s great, but what happens then when it’s finally released and you go and buy it and you are all happy and content you waited that extra 3 months for a ‘better’ handset and then 3 months after that they release another version of the QHD handset with an even better CPU (for example)?
I agree, Samsung *should* have waited and released both handsets simultaneously, the buyer has the choice of which high end handset and you know that for the next year your handset will not be super-seeded by another tweaked version.

3 years 2 months ago

I think Samsung have lost a lot of credibility by releasing so many different versions of the Galaxy S4. And now they’re going to be releasing a “value” version of the S4 also, which sounds cheap, but will actually have the same specs as the flagship model released originally. I don’t feel that I own something special when I own an S4 now. Only months after releasing it they released the octa core and Snapdragon 800 model. I’m getting fed up with Samsung, especially after introducing the Knox restrictions to their devices. Also, their build quality is cheap no matter what way you look at it.

3 years 2 months ago

Samsung is going the absolute wrong way with their S-Line…i loved the S2 and S3 but their strategy now is to annoying with their tons of smartphone versions. Why cant they just bring out the QHD-S5, they can take few months longer no one cares, just bring out a good ONE.

I am waiting for the presentation next week, if they present only the full-hd S5 with no special features, i might think of changing to LG-Smartphones

3 years 2 months ago

Coming from a past lg owner, dont. Lgs phones are sturdy but the interfaces are annoying and the support for updates is minimal.

3 years 2 months ago

I will be doing likewise.

3 years 2 months ago

The reason is cost of product. There are many people who buy the older model rather than the new, simply because they can’t afford to buy a $800 device, but $650 they can. I agree that having 8 different Galaxy S4 variants was a bad thing, and just caused confusion for people who don’t pay attention to details about what they are buying, but a premium model vs. standard isn’t TOO confusing in my opinion. What gets bad is when one version is better in some ways, but worse in others compared to the “standard” model. So, higher build quality with lower spec parts is bad if the product has the same name but is seen as a variant. Higher quality and the same specs, no problem, higher quality with better specs, no problem.

I would wait and see how this plays out, since we only have 5 more days to wait.

3 years 2 months ago

If you read the whole article, you would have seen that samsung is having issues optimizing pictures for the high resolution.

3 years 2 months ago

SGS5 -> 1920×1080 next week (probably 500 USD no contract) :)
SGF5 -> 2560×1440 june (probably 700 USD no contarc) ?

3 years 2 months ago

I’ll wait for Samsung to announce more details next week.

3 years 2 months ago

If this is true then no s5 for me ..they should launch both models together.

3 years 2 months ago

Wait, you would skip the 2560×1440 version of the S5 because that version doesn’t come out at the same time as the 1920×1080 version? Honestly? If the delay is only 2-3 months between versions, that SHOULD be seen as worth the wait.