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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