14
Jun
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Mobile rumor master Evleaks is at it again, showing off what appears to be a press render of the Samsung "Galaxy F." The photo shows a phone that looks very much like a slightly larger Galaxy S5 with a metal (or at least metal-looking) rear cover, in a "perfect golden" white-on-gold color scheme. The pulse oximeter beneath the rear camera indicates that this is a high-end Samsung phone, possibly a premium alternative to the Galaxy S5 or a replacement for the next Galaxy Note.

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'Galaxy F' rumors have been flying from less reliable sources for some time, with some claiming that it will be the even higher-end flagship also known as the "Galaxy S5 Prime." It certainly seems similar, though not identical, to a phone claimed to be a pre-production Samsung flagship from last month, and other sites are circulating photos of a Samsung phone purported to be the Galaxy F, which is roughly the size of an S5 with noticeably slimmer screen bezels. There have been reliable indications that both Samsung and HTC are creating super-premium models to more reliably match up to the LG G3, with its slightly larger and much higher-resolution screen.

One more thing: the date. Press renders typically show the date of a phone's announcement on the device's screen, at least when they show a date at all. This photo shows "Wednesday, September 12th," which is in fact a Friday, but more importantly it's two days after the IFA electronics show in Berlin ends. IFA has typically been a big time for Samsung, and they've used the show (or a concurrent Samsung Unpacked event) to announce various high-end devices, including the original Galaxy Note, Note 2, and Note 3. Samsung is more than willing to create its own event for exclusive media coverage, but doing so just two days after a huge show ends would be a strange and inadvisable PR move.

Then again, it could simply be an error on a render not ready for Prime time, and there's certainly nothing conclusive in a date on an unconfirmed photo. We'll be keeping an eye out for the Galaxy F, or S5 Prime, or whatever it turns out to be.

Source: Evleaks

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.

  • Derp

    Still looks like crap. With all their money you'd think Samsung would hire at least one person who understands how to make a device not look like a Fisher Price toy. Or at least rip off HTC if you can't figure it out yourself.

    • Fabian Pineda

      I agree... kinda... I mean, I don't like the looks of Samsung products but at this point their devices bear a distinctive look that makes the brand easy to stand out and being spotted.

      Good or bad... you know a Samsung phone the second you look at it.

      • nickmilla15

        You also know a htc phone when you look at it. Different by design. I couldn't keep count of how many people go "is that the new HTC?!"

        • Fabian Pineda

          Yeah, HTC phone's are easy to spot and bear a design I personally adore. Where I live HTCs aren't very common, but when I see one I can tell it apart right away.

          And that's great. My original comment is that despite the frequent hate Samsung gets, they're not going to change their design drastically because they'd lose brand recognition, much like any brand.

          • nickmilla15

            Thank you! You are like the only one on here that isn't a belligerent idiot! I totally understand and agree!

    • X-47B

      Maybe there's a reason why they can sell 85 million per quarter. This is exactly why none of the posters here sit on the Samsung board..
      If HTC was so great, they wouldn't be in this position today. Doesn't matter how much you hate, Samsung knows what works best for them. No amount of whining will make any change.

      • Derp

        Samsung spends more than 4x what Apple and Microsoft spend on advertising combined. That's why they're successful, not because they make a good product.

        • Gary Graf

          That and the removable battery and SD card slot. That's the main reason I buy Samsung. A great looking phone is awesome except when it's dead

          • Gagan Deep Singh

            You sir, just said the words which were about to come out of my mouth !!

          • F Young

            A great looking phone is awesome except when it's hidden away in a case.

          • Dennis Badashov

            Everyone gets a case anyways purple need to staaafoooooo

          • someone755

            That is the main bullshit in their advertisements for people to buy their crap.

          • sjg

            Agree... I will only buy a phone with SD card and removable battery, I wish we had more choices.

        • X-47B

          So now it's their fault that they have money to spend on marketing. Why not ask HTC to spend on marketing then and stop those stupid RDJ commercials!
          Maybe that's why the have "professionals" on board who are paid to sell products and not a company run by fanboys and geeks. And they sell these products beacuse they don't care about what androidpolice says about them in the review or what elitists in verge talks. They sell because they study consumer behavior and react to changing scenario faster than anybody else.

        • Chris

          Yeah I'm sure it has nothing to do with the 5" 1080P Screen, Water Resistance, Better Battery Life with a Removable Battery & SD Card, & the overall Better Android Experience. I'm glad they have the most advertising because they truly make better phones.

          • nickmilla15

            The M8 has a sd card slot. The S5 lags. Why? TouchWiz is too heavy. The M8, despite being clocked lower, doesn't have said lag. The M8 is also water resistant due to the metal unibody. Look it up on YouTube. Also, the M8 had a 5 inch 1080p display. Soo...

          • loopidydee

            My S5 doesn't lag at all. And don't forget the heart rate monitor and finger print scanner.

          • nickmilla15

            Most reviews if the S5 I've read have said it lags. The heart rate monitor is cool if you're a fitness buff. The fingerprint scanner is another feature Samsung copied from Apple. Except apple did it better. The one on the S5 is very inaccurate.

          • kavi

            Apple copied it from motorola. Why you fan boys are like this?

          • nickmilla15

            Motorola was the first to put in in a smartphone. Yeah. But was it successful? No. The phone barely sold, and that feature was hardly advertised. I know my stuff buddy

          • kavi

            So your validation is Apple found that? Sorry... Invented that?

          • nickmilla15

            What? Are you speaking English here? Motorola first implemented it. It was successful, so Noone, not even the Motorola, continued it. Apple does it, does it well, sells tons of the iPhone 5s, and Samsung does the same. Samsung only did it because they saw apple did it and were successful with it.

          • kavi

            Do you even go by any logic or rules when you argue, whoa you got a apple lollypop, do s*uck on it. At some point i thought you are arguing with sense but i lost it after seeing this comment. You are a classic example of fanboy at its worst. If you are passionate about a thing you do believe on it, support it, but see the truth on other side, dont turn a blind eye to every other things. I wasted my time arguing with you.

          • nickmilla15

            Lol. Okay. This is your second comment in a row that has absolutely no meaning behind it. You're very vague when you try and express your ideas. If you look at my other comments you'll see that I'm not opinionated. I judge baser on facts. It's the Internet. Until I see your internet police badge I can and will comment as much as I want. Duces

          • kavi

            Facts, do you even know the synonyms? Lol...atleast i am sane enough to stop this madness. Oh, wait you said you jobless and got a troll job, eh? Sorry mate... Expect me to be your troll partner. Stop it...

          • kavi

            That 4mpx shows how htc reads consumers mind. Lol...

          • nickmilla15

            It's 4 Ultrapixels. Check here: gizmodo.com/5985348/what-is-an-ultrapixel
            It's more innovative than doing what everyone else is doing. Just adding more megapixels each generation? No thanks. Plus the M8 and M7 have OIS. I don't want more megapixels. I want more freedom. A camera that can be used in more diverse lighting situations.

          • kavi

            Well, does it standout in real life scenarios? No dude... Just dont live by your illusions. I agree htc is right in implementing a diff tech, but its not mature enough and there is no improvement or not even equal. Do i have to add link of how htc m8's camera stands against other flagships.

          • nickmilla15

            It does. Any lighting situation that isn't ideal looks either noisy or dark on any of Samsungs latest devices. Not on the M7 or M8. Go for it, add a link. Because more pixels just means a higher resolution- only useful if you're going to crop or blow up the picture.

          • kavi

            FYI...
            Samsung Galaxy S5 has the best smartphone camera, according to DxOMark http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-s5-best-camera-dxomark-393770/

            Be constructive and not adamant... Just see the fact, in my guess you never used GS5 or even htc m8. All your comments are based on what you think rather than usage view of point. If u support htc or any co, just do it but dont be blind and wont see the light ever if u do so.

          • nickmilla15

            I use my M8 every day. My wife has a s5. She's always asking if I can do anything to speed up her s5, or to make the battery last longer. I just look at her, smile, and say no babe. Samsung just... Sucks... To be honest, I don't use my phone for very much photography. That's what my dslr is for. I didn't buy the phone for the camera. But it does a nice job. Let me ask you this: if htc put a 20 mp sensor in their next phone would you buy it? Or would you bitch about something else? That's the only "downfall" of the M8- the low resolution camera. But the stellar low light performance more than makes up for this

          • kavi

            For arguments sake, i dont even believe you ever saw a s5 or even used others s5. Who knows who got what phone? Just pretend i got this phone and be a troll on a discusion forum. Is that what you are doing? (According to your argument- there is a wise saying that ' dont ridicule or laugh at your wife's choices, you are one of hers)...

          • nickmilla15

            Wow. You formed a sentence with words 😂👏 I'm literally so proud.

          • kavi

            See i told you, there is no sense in arguing with a eight year old.

          • nickmilla15

            **an. You're making this too fun! But in all seriousness. Before I started trolling you, my arguments were all backed with facts and logic. I'm not some blind fan boy. I didn't understand one of your comments and you started to get hostile. But thank you for entertaining my ideas! Later my man!

          • THE SAMSUNG GUY

            I'm the Samsung guy , aaaand , G3 camera's THE BEST ! I mean , why s5 prime , because lg is improving ( without much ads involved ! )

          • kavi

            I am The LG guy:

            Clearly lg G3 got OIS its good but not as good as s5. Compare the cameras.

            See, now everyone would think i am an LG employee or a fanboy but rooting for other competitor. Do you think anyone would buy that? Nice antics dude.

          • kavi
          • Gator352

            What? Just because it a has a metal unibody doesn't make it any more water resistant than a plastic unibody such as the LG G2. What counts is whether the speakers and ports can resist water...and the M8 can't compared to the S5. With that said, I prefer the M8 to the S5 any day...

        • fsdfjjjkjkj

          Apple has less markets to advertise in. Everyone in the US and UK knows about apple's products so clearly samsung needs to advertise more. I think they sell more phones because they're better

        • Michel Mellor

          And how much has apple sued over everyone for supposed "lost profit" when android introduced swipe to unlock and a few simple damn things and then when IOS8 is introduced they add multitasking, swipe and predictive text keyboard health apps and its supposedly "original" really???

          • THE SAMSUNG GUY

            Who gives a fuck !? If you don't patent it , or , trade secret it , then don't fucking complain !

          • Shamur Stewart

            Not everyone has the time or the patience to patent every little thing like Apple, they'd patent actual apples if they could.

        • budz

          THEN it is effective they earn a lot of profit compare to them

        • kavi

          Can you show me your reference for the 4x combined expenditure? We are waiting...

        • Jeremy626

          marketing can do the damn trick sometimes. your complaining won't change a thing in life.

      • Carl

        85 million per quarter? Hahahaha

      • Руслан Рубашкин

        What kind of irrelevant justification is that. Yes, there's much more to the phone than looks, and many areas to compete in. Good job Samsung, you sell a lot for a reason. But how does that excuse a crappy design? Just be honest, you find their design mediocre as well. There's, like, tens of times more people who prefer Apple's, HTC's, even Sony's design to Sammy's. Making a phone ugly because you "study consumer behavior" e.g. know people will buy your phone for the specs and put up with its appearance, so you don't really need to spend a penny for making it look better, is pure audacious disrespect.
        But well, after their SGS4 presentation it's clear they don't know first thing about being respectful.

        • Levy Smith

          Would you prefer a better user experience, more options, more customization, or would you prefer a useless piece of crap that just looks good?

          • Руслан Рубашкин

            Why can't I have a good phone that looks good? Does design somehow compromise usability? What a ridiculous way to justify this. Samsung fanboy, pls go.

          • nickmilla15

            HTC has a better user interface, basically all of Android is matched in customization, and the M7 and M8 look way better (and preform better) than their respected Samsung counterparts

        • Shamur Stewart

          Looks are subjective, don't generalize the population based on what you find appealing or not. If people thought the S5 was ugly...it wouldn't sell well. Most regular consumers don't care about phone appearance or if so they'd buy the iPhone and One like there was no tomorrow.

        • THE SAMSUNG GUY

          I think htc has the BEST DESIGN - Mr Subjective !

    • maroon1

      HTC looks like crap. Not sure why people like it.

      • THE SAMSUNG GUY

        It looks THE BEST - Mr Subjective !

        • Shamur Stewart

          The original M7 looks much better in my opinion. A lot less wasted space and much smaller.

    • King

      Shut the fuck up you dickhead you look like crap and when your fucking HTC/Sony/iPhone/BlackBerrry/Nokia battery cells die after a year and a half i'll be replacing my battery with a new one and you'll be buying a new phone because you don't have a removable battery and because you're a dumb bastard so move from here you don't know nothing about phones, Samsung incorporates the highest spec phones so you keep worrying about build quality because ultimately it dont mean shit it matters whats inside the phone. If you like metal aluminum bodies so much go get the tin can of beans from ur fucking fridge and look at that you sad prick

      • nickmilla15

        No. Just so much no. Specs mean nothing. Not when your ui sucks, your phone feels cheap, and you take forever to update phones. The non removable battery isn't really a big deal. Htc obviously has thought out that aspect. Never heard a complaint about bad battery life after a year with a one x, one x plus, or m7. Sooooooo

  • Cesar

    "The fingerprint scanner beneath the rear camera indicates that this is a high-end Samsung phone"

    I thought the fingerprint scanner was on the home button.

    • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

      You're right, the one beneath the camera is the pulse oximeter. I can't keep Samsung's semi-useful add-ons straight.

      • MaryJane

        It's actually an HR sensor. Pulse oximeters measure HR and O2-saturation.

    • kavi

      Did u really read the article? You made my day...

  • RiTCHiE

    i call it the Galaxy Fail

    • Levy Smith

      Call it what you want, doesn't mean people will take you serious and not buy the phone just because of your failed comment.

  • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

    date is also diff from the first 'white' version that if i remember correct was the same as on galaxy s5 renders =)

  • David Margolin

    s5 prime so just 5?

  • anthony

    I'm inclined to think that it's the release date of the F series.

    • http://SammyToday.com Krzysztof Bryk

      wednesday or friday?

  • Tony Byatt

    Is that wood?

  • Chris

    Since the Nexus 4 came out I've been liking LG more than Samsung and now with the new G3, I can't even think of one Samsung phone I'd consider over the G3 even if it was a better price.

    • Gator352

      I agree the G3 is going to be sweet but you liking the G3 over anything else is asinine. Especially when you haven't touched it, used it, had intercourse with it, or anything of the sort. Kinda like loving a new cereal over anything else before tasting it. Crazy.

  • Tahsin Ahmed

    I hardly can differentiate one of these from the others. Every single variant looks the same. Don't you ever get bored, Samsung?

  • MaryJane

    That's an HR sensor not a pulse-oximeter.

  • dude

    That's a really bad photoshop by some random person who doesn't work for Samsung.

  • G.Pattullo

    You guys talking about samsung phone how they look alike at least look alike but not the same, I can't the same for iPhone, iPhone only had two different designs since the first iPhone came out, are you apple fans are stupid, can't you see.

    • Stub

      Can't I see what. It works very reliably for what I do. I really don't care how pretty it might be.

  • ugh

    I won't buy another Samsung phone that is not metal encased. I don't care if it's tananium or aluminum, a craplastict phone is begging to be dropped, bounced, fumbled, broken.
    HTC makes an aluminum encased phone with better speakers but sub par display reasonably priced, then there's the iPhone, Steve is dead so is Apple, Microsoft will soon follow, Samsung created their own OS, which is worse than Vista btw, so... I think I am turning Chinese.

    • Khemistry

      And I'm sure you'll be one of the moron techtards who immediately slaps their precious metal phones in a cheap plastic case, otherwise it will be dented, scratched, scraped, and scuffed before you can even get solidly acquainted with your phone. Tired of ignorant bandwagon trolls and their complaining. You're probably one of those fools who whine about megapixels, too, having no clue what they are or how they don't generally determine a better phone.

      When HTC comes out with a phone that I can own for seven months—like my Note 3—and I can go completely caseless with it, drop it numerous times on surfaces such as road pavement, sidewalks, and marble flooring, and the phone STILL looks nearly brand new... perhaps I can entertain idiots complaining about build quality.

      Until then, I implore Samsung to continue making durable polycarbonate plastic devices, and ignorant individuals such as yourself can purchase a shiny subpar metal product that no one cares about and will look like crap inside of the plastic case it's housed in.

      • nickmilla15

        Metal is more durable than plastic. I don't understand the logic there. HTC has the better phone. Better build quality. Better (sharper due to the .1 inch smaller) and more realistic looking display.) Better, faster, smoother ui. Better battery life. Faster updates. Longer device support. Better customer service. Better warranty (they'll replace your screen if you crack it in the first 6 months for free.) Useful features. Amazing speakers. Better front facing camera. Better rear camera (you can use it in more diverse scenarios.) Truth is, HTC can no longer match other OEMs on the marketing front. But that doesn't mean they don't have the superior product. Because they do, no matter how you weigh it. The M8 is even water resistant like the S5, without even trying. What's better: everything. What it lacks: a cheap design and gimmicky features.

        • Shamur Stewart

          You seem to be missing what phone he said...the Note 3, not the S5. And you all seem to miss the fact aluminum is the cheapest and one of the lightest metals around. Compared to other metals it's a much weaker cousin and there are plastics that are harder. And some of what you're saying is a laugh. The S5 lasts longer on a charge then the One and charges much faster. Samsung updates their phones for a longer period of time (the One X is still on 4.3 while the S3 is probably getting 4.4.3 on top of that 4.4.2 update). No one has more useful features than Samsung albeit way too many that aren't to most. It's a front facing camera, no one needs or wants a front that'll take more higher quality pictures than than he abysmal and pitiful back camera that's last year's technology and is being left behind in the dust.

          • nickmilla15

            It doesn't really make a difference which phone he's talking about. One is just a really big version of the other. Aluminum is used in vehicles, so figure that one out. Its durable and long lasting. You aren't going to make a steel smartphone due to weight. In this case the aluminum is definitely better than Samsungs cheap polycarbonate. Really? The S5 lasts longer on a charge? Read some battery tests, and do a real world comparison. Because that's false. The One X got its Android 4.3 update first. Some variants of the S3 aren't even getting 4.4, so I doubt any of them will get 4.4.3. Which useful features does Samsung have? I find the better front facing camera works wonders for video conferencing, and skyping the family when I'm away. The back camera. It isn't last year's technology. It still is 4 Ultrapixels. But it's a whole new module and sensor that's much higher quality. The camera is faster than the M7, and Note 3. It also has the second sensor that collects and makes use of extra depth information. That's far from last year's technology.

          • Shamur Stewart

            Aluminum is durable and long lasting? Aluminum is used in anything because of the fact it's the lightest and one of the cheapest metals. And no steel smartphone? BlackBerry did it and I'm pretty sure OPPO did too. And just because it's plastic doesn't mean it's cheap. What something is doesn't automatically determine value. The HTC M8 only edges out the S5 in screen drainage because of the fact AMOLED drains batteries quicker but in every day use its even with favor in the S5. And does it matter which got it first? It matters that Samsung is updating past it. And most variants on carriers will, still better than what HTC did with the One X. And I find that video conferencing one to be false as the camera only works better for pictures, videos will still be capped at 1080p no matter if it's 5mp or not. And HTC as obviously fooled you, they made no noticeable improvements in the camera, check comparisons online. They pretty much made it worse by replacing the optical image stabilization with pitiful software. Who said anything about the Note 3's camera? We're talking S5 and it focuses faster and takes much better pics. And the Duo Camera? Samsung's software trick works as well if not better in some situations, again look up comparisons.

          • nickmilla15

            No matter what you think about aluminum, it's far superior to polycarbonate in every way. Htc has a much better overall track record than Samsung when it comes to Android updates. Again, you define the s5 as having a better camera. I couldn't think of a more broad statement. A false statement at that. Htc used a totally different camera sensor this time around. The clarity is much better, and sense 6 is much more accurate than before when it comes to exposure and white balance. Samsung is for those who want to switch to Android but still keep their Apple fan boy ego, claiming their superiority without backing it up with facts. Htc isn't flat out better. It's different. Innovative. Premium.

          • Shamur Stewart

            You still haven't told me why though? Some polycarbonates cost more to manufacture then aluminum. And how? The S5 and S4 are getting 4.4.3 by the end of the month, HTC hasn't even made plans yet for it

          • nickmilla15

            You obviously don't know anything about htc. In fact, you don't even take the time to read anything. Android 4.4.3 and sense 6.1 will be here by the end of the month. The M7 had so many build issues? Where are you getting that from? There were only two minor ones that some people experienced. How about millions of people opening their galaxy s5, only to find out they had dead cameras on arrival? Yeah. Obviously your incredible camera is truly superior when Samsung can't even put a working sensor in their phones. When was all aluminum done by Apple first? I've seen aluminum and glass. Not all aluminum. How about the ergonomics of the phone? Motion launch. Sense 6 as a whole. How does it feel to run an ugly, slow ui that doesn't look any different from the s3? How does it feel to know TouchWiz still uses some gingerbread code because Samsung is too lazy to optimize it? Samsung ups numbers every year, and puts out another plastic phone. It's a joke.

          • Shamur Stewart

            You keep trying to make an argument out of nothing with invalid opinions. Show me where HTC says the release date. And look at plenty of reviews, like Erica Griffin said her M7 had filling in problems with the aluminum and plastic not matching. And millions either you're delusional or you're coming up with random large and exaggerated numbers? It was a very limited few and replacements were swiftly done by carriers. And aluminum and glass? The HTC One is aluminum and plastic and remember, plastic is cheap to you so why'd you want the tiniest bit on your phone? Let's see how reception works if your phone was all aluminum. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I like the appearance of Sense and TouchWiz, some might not like one or either. Slow? Not In the least, my phone has never frozen or even paused on anything. And got any proof? Got any code to compare or any credible website? And the joke right now is you. I've actually never heard of a HTC fanboy ever but you embody the very term fanboy. I see you had no response to the websites I showed you? Facts hurt don't they? And everything I'm saying I can sure back up. Let me see some credible sources from you? Oh wait, you don't have any.

          • kavi

            Samsung s3 is getting 4.4 right now. These trolls you are replying are just arguing without any facts and wont accept if you slap their face with a fact. Just dont fuel them.

        • Gator352

          The M8 is more water resistant than any other phone....except for phones that are labeled "water resistant". Dunk that M8 in water for 5 seconds and see what happens.

    • THE SAMSUNG GUY

      It's called plastic. Is that why it's bad !?

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    If
    it is of Metal then it will no more remain water resistant. Well, I have standard
    Galaxy S5 from last 2 months and like its specs such as water and dust
    resistant body, touch wiz finger print scanner and 2800mAh battery that runs
    throughout the day with normal use. I could say that it is the best phone I have
    ever had till date. However, it is little annoying to remove the flap over the
    charging port in order to charge the device. To overcome this issue, charging
    it through wireless charging pad is best alternative.

    • Levy Smith

      Making the charging port Water resistant without a flap is not that hard. I'm surprised they haven't come put with a solution without needing a flap.

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  • Ric

    I think this Samsung S5 prime is a myth. Note 4 will be announced in September. Both devices? does not make sense.

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