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Rumors have been circling of an upgraded version of Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship for a few months now, including the idea that it will feature the metal body that's been desired by at least some Samsung fans for quite a while. A pair of leaks for the supposed device have surfaced this weekend, one on video and one in a set of photos. And they can't both be right.

The video above shows off what's alleged to be a pre-production phone smuggled out of Samsung. The primary differences visible are an aluminum, dimple-free rear panel and metal(?) sides. The waterproof seal on the phone seems to be external on a presumably removable battery panel, unlike the internal seal concealed beneath the S5's rear cover. This makes the phone considerably thicker than the regular Galaxy S5, and leads video poster "TK TECH NEWS" to speculate that it may in fact be a Galaxy S5 Active. When the standard S5 included a semi-waterproof build, we assumed that the Galaxy S4 Active might be the last separate ruggedized model.

It's also stated that the screen is sharper than the 1080p panel on the Galaxy S5, but on a recorded video, that's nearly impossible to confirm. At first glance the phone looks like a standard S5 with a metal panel glued on, but the tightness of the seal around the bezel, camera, pulse oximeter, and speaker leads me to believe that this is a real Samsung device. (Or a really, really good fake.)

There's also this leak sent into PhoneArena. The photos are strange, showing what looks like a slightly hump-backed S5 with its rear speaker moved to the bottom edge of the phone. The leak source says that the body is aluminum, but aside from a slightly raised silver screen bezel, it's hard to make any conclusion. Supposed specs include an improved 2560x1440 5.2" screen, a Snapdragon 805 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU, and 3GB of RAM... incidentally meeting or beating the rumored specs of LG's upcoming, metal-clad G3 flagship. The launch date is supposedly sometime next month, to confound LG's release plans even further.

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I remain skeptical of both leaks. For one thing, to release a "Prime" version of your flagship so soon after the standard model seems like a major disservice to customers and early adopters, even in the name of beating Samsung's biggest in-country competitor. While either or both of these phones could indeed be pre-production hardware, it's just as possible that they're concept versions of the Galaxy S5 that were never meant for public viewing. Between the two options, an "S5 Active" model seems more plausible, if only because there's a precedent.

Source: PhoneArena, YouTube

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Dani R.

    Meh. Still ugly. This phone is nothing compared to other flagships.

    • master94

      Agree and the video looks like the guy just put a sticker on.

    • dude

      This might sound old and trollish, but It still have Touchwiz and I think the Galaxy design starting from S3 to S5 are ugly.

  • HotInEER

    I call BS. This looks like he ordered a metal back off ebay or some other site and slapped it on his S5. If this is the best Samsung can do, than they are worse than I thought.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    i dont get the purpose of a S5 Active... isnt the S5 supposed to be dust and water resistant?! it's like telling their customers "hey, you can drop your phone in water, but dont do it too often cuz water will leak inside anyways"
    and S5 Prime... like really?! all this just to try to shadow LG's truly innovative G3 with their marketing, changing airport terminals name and putting ads of their lackluster product in every bus stop... Samsung please stop
    PS im so looking forward the Note 4 anyways...

    • Dani

      So you dumped the ios or what? I didn't saw you a while.

  • hot_spare

    to release a "Prime" version of your flagship so soon after the standard model seems like a major disservice to customers and early adopters..

    Why exactly? Did they mention in the contract or TOS that they won't release another phone within 4 months? or is the S5 they sold will stop working suddenly?

    This will be a more expensive than S5. The price of S5 will come down as a logical step. Why is that so hard to digest? Unless offcouse you made up your mind that it's not good for whatever reason.

    • Dario

      Why is it so hard to digest the concept of customer loyalty? We are talking implicit versus explicit here. Sure there is nothing explicit that should stop Sammy from doing this but there should be implicit reasons to say this is a very bad idea. Thank god I am not buying products from you.

      • hot_spare

        I am not selling anything to you, don't bother making an effort.

    • droid4lif3

      It is a disservice because Samsung could have said that those were their plans and people, like myself, who would rather have a better phone would have waited for the Prime instead

      For example Apple, everyone knows that they have a regular phone, then a S version. Most people who care about the better specs usually wait for the S model.

      • hot_spare

        When did *ever* Samsung revealed their plans for general public in past?

        What has Apple got to do with Samsung's new flagship? What Apple does it Apple's business decision. Do you think Samsung has to follow Apple in whatever they do??

        Did you have hissy fits when Samsung launches Notes after the S-series? Afterall all Notes had better specs than S-series phones. Did Samsung ever tell you that "Please wait for Note series phones before buying the S_series. They will have better specs and will be more expensive! "

  • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

    video is faked with build.prop edit and this back cover http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JKF4H6Y/ref=s9_simh_gw_p107_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1ETS1BZQ22PRWJ7S70HY&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846

    phonearenas photo might be real view of KOREAN galaxy s5 version
    yes they release bumped version of flagship every year since s1

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Exactly what I was going to post. Very fake. The fact that it's clearly a case (as evidenced by how thick it is) and they claim this is part of the phone means they are either really stupid or being purposely deceiving.

      Every app readout they show as "proof" all pulls info from the build.prop file. The stuff that doesn't pull info from the build.prop file shows a phone with a 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, and a snapdragon 801, which sounds a whole lot like a GS5 to me.

      • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

        this guy talks about wqhd while his benchmark clearly shows fhd resolution
        android 4.4.3 has wrong build label, should be KTUxx is KOTxx
        deviec model number is wrong

        it has fake writen all over it

        • ffff

          Hey I'm loving your constant updates at SammyToday!

          • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

            hehe turns out that i am not the only reading my posts =) thanks

      • ash

        Below is the comment of faryaad. It shows that device is real which you all are denying

        "Just got confirmation from a source, the device leaked by @phonearena is real and definitely exists. twitpic.com/e45lgu"

        As per him the device can be some other device other than s5, but it do exists.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          We're more talking about the gold thing in the video. The black one, I mean, it looks like a Samsung phone. Sure.

        • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

          everyone an issue such confirmation, no proof no confirmation

    • dude

      Good to know.

    • Harsha
      • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

        yes that is what ive just said mate ...
        fact that it was faked is obvious for anyone with any samsung knowledge

      • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

        this is so funny, now sammobile reports the antutu benchmark this guy from video made as legit :D


      • Matthew Fry
        • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

          it is obvious that G906x exists as i can see firmware developed for few months to it, it visited bluetooth and this piture is either very well faked or real. he has no real source of this - it's and educated guess as usual

        • Leonardo Farage Freitas

          There are two leaks in question here. The first one Faryaab said was fake is the one from the video. The one above is from the pictures leaked by phonearena. Two different leaks.

  • supremekizzle

    Yawn. Anxiously awaiting the G3

  • http://pocketnow.com/ Rithvik Rao

    Just pointing out that there's a precedent for the S5 Prime too, the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Granted, it only showed up in Korea, but it did feature better specs than the OG S4.

    • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

      wrong, released as GT-I9506 in europe

      your research is so poor like the one made by author of this post :D

      • http://pocketnow.com/ Rithvik Rao

        Good for you. That just further states my point.

        (I don't spend time researching anything that I'm not actually writing)

        • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

          it was a joke :) anyways other/earlier 'korean' versions were korea exclusive i think

          and 9506 was limited to countries with lte-a / few

  • Eddie Spageddie

    Homie needs to trim his nails.

  • elijah rabo

    So fake!! I have almost the same back cover on my galaxy s5

    • kwk1

      This is a fake on the video. Phone Arena might have real pics and specs. Still disappointing that it doesn't mention 32GB of storage, only 3GB of ram.

  • Ark
  • Dan DeMarco

    This guy even says that it may be a Google Play Edition. How obvious does Samsung have to make Touch Wiz on the model in the video. Idiot.

  • Nathan Bryant

    Even if the phone is real and what PhoneArena has, I still find it unattractive. It's not what it'd made out of. The form factor of the device needs to change. They still need to change their skin in my opinion.

  • http://www.asuntest.com Golden Chen

    black color with special flip design and exact size of the battery cover to samsung galaxy s5, it is high quality protector,totally 5 colors in stock, black, white,blue, dark blue and coffee color, cost USD4.2 each ,source search at gadget2us

  • MughalMAB

    Looks like some kind of Speign steel Cases.......

  • black

    That phone is fugly.

  • Matthew Fry

    Somewhat off topic:
    I will reserve judgement until I see it and compare but a 2560x1440 5.2" screen has a ridiculous 564.85 ppi. Using Apple's Retina™ calculation, you would have to be closer than 5.38" to resolve individual pixels.

    I am as big a pixel whore as anyone but I'm starting to get a little tired of this one upping. A 10" tablet should not need to exceed 2560x1600 (Nexus 10) or Retina™ at 10" away and a 5" phone need not exceed 1920x1080 or Retina™ at 7".

    Can we please, please, do something other than upgrade the resolution, processor and gpu speed, and ram on these things? Enough is enough. I suggest a new kind of stat following.
    1. Minimum brightness/maximum brightness

    2. Battery efficiency in screen on time.
    3. Battery efficiency in screen off time with consistent wifi and with consistent mobile signal
    4. Call quality (not sure of the measure here... signal to noise?)
    5. Surface heat with resources at 100%
    6. Bezel width

    • dude

      That's easy. Moto X+1.