In the run-up to the showcasing of the Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress back in February, it was rumored that Samsung was preparing two distinctive variations of its flagship handset, and even when the official announcement finally came, reports continued to suggest that something else – something better – was on the horizon. Now, fresh reports seem to indicate that the device is very much real, and although those who’ve held off the purchase in light of the rumors will feel happy that they did so, one suspects that some early adopters of the Galaxy S5 will feel a tad short-changed.

The higher-end device, according to previous rumors that referred to it as the "Galaxy F," would pack a 2K display, faster processor and a higher-end, aluminum finish. Although the recent benchmarks of the device number SM-G906, now being referred to as the "Galaxy S5 Prime," don’t shed any light on the handset’s housing or general form factor, they do give us a reasonable idea as to its tech. specs.

Bearing in mind that the GFXBench benchmarks in question could easily have been faked, we’re treading carefully with regards to just how much we’re taking away from them, but with Indian import site Zauba noting that several SM-G906 units had been shipped in from Samsung’s native South Korea for the purpose of research and development, it’s looking increasingly likely that the Prime edition of the Galaxy S5 is almost upon us.

The benchmark leak points to a device packing 5.2-inch, 2560 x 1440 display, as well as a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. Graphics wise, the device will supposedly include an Adreno 420 GPU, 3 gigs of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, and a 16-megapixel camera –likely the same rear-facing shooter of the standard Galaxy S5.

GS5 display

It’s currently undetermined Whether "Prime" is a moniker that Samsung plans to carry through to retail, but the real clincher – besides the impressive list of specs – will likely be whether Samsung has decided to break the habit of a lifetime and opt for the sought-after metallic finish. If it does, there’ll certainly be a backlash from owners of the original Galaxy S5 who might, given the choice, have opted for the better model.

Galaxy S5 owners – would you feel aggrieved if said handset was released by Samsung in, say, the next couple of weeks? Do share your thoughts below!

(via: RBMen [Google Translate])

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