Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is already a hit, but it is also already being outclassed by hardware like the LG G3. By the time the fall comes, several other companies will have updated their hardware lineup to outclass the S5 as well. Samsung’s usual maneuver is to launch an update to the Galaxy Note line, but it looks like there’s going to be something else happening around that time. The Galaxy S5 Prime has been whispered about for months now, but that name has been scrapped for the Galaxy F — an Android phone that will keep Samsung on pace with everyone else in the market this fall.
To be clear, the Galaxy S5 is not lacking in any way. It’s a beautiful phone with more than enough hardware under the hood, and a software experience that you either love or can’t stand. The Galaxy F is looking to take that experience and upgrade the Snapdragon 801 to an 805, as well as drop in a 2560 x 1440 resolution display.
There’s some obvious questions about power consumption that haven’t been answered yet, and these are all the exact same rumors we heard about the Galaxy S5 late last year, so while it’s important to remember that grain of salt in your pocket, there does appear to be some photographic evidence this time.
While this photo sure looks like a Galaxy S5, the back casing is clearly not from any kit you can purchase today. Instead of a false metallic look like the G3 has offered up this year, the backing of this phone is textured. The brushed metal is a lot better than the current stamped and dimpled look on the Galaxy S5, and the back plate still looks removable. So it’s entirely possible that this phone targets the big complaint points for Samsung’s flagship with the intent to launch the phone just before or just after the iPhone 6 hits the shelves.
If that ends up being how this shakes out in the fall, Samsung fans really have something nice to look forward.