Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime vs Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime vs Samsung Galaxy S5This is the point, inevitably, when Jan observes – rightly enough – that the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime isn’t even a thing yet, so how can I possibly compare it to something else.

Well, the question I’m posing is: If – if – the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime materialises as rumoured, should early adopters of the month-old Galaxy S5 be upset?

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime, essentially a Galaxy S5 with better specs, was widely tipped to arrive alongside the bog standard model at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February.

That didn’t happen, obviously, and with the Galaxy S5 being the best Samsung has to offer (no offense, Galaxy Note 3), it went on to sell 11 million within a month. Or so the story goes.

The more educated smartphone buyer realises the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is still happening, but what about Joe Average – with his spanking new £500 Galaxy S5? Is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime worth shedding tears over?

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime vs Samsung Galaxy S5Personally I think it’s just a wee bit cheeky of Samsung, as your average guy on the street probably – not that I’m basing this on any, like, research or anything – takes it for granted that the Galaxy S5 (right) will be the bee's knees at least until the Galaxy Note 4 comes out.

But nope, two months later, here’s an even better Galaxy S5, with a better display, faster processor and more RAM. Oops! And I felt just a little chagrinned when I finally bought a tablet – the iPad 3 – and Apple launched the iPad 4 seven months later. Here: two months. Ouch.

Choice is the real issue here; consumers weren’t given the chance to make a choice between the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the superior Galaxy S5 Prime.

Having said that, there are those who argue it’s simply too bad, a symptom of an industry where things move incredibly fast. Indeed, there’s little sympathy in this Mobo-thread.

In either case, the question remains the same: Should Samsung Galaxy S5 owners be upset about the Galaxy S5 Prime? Are they missing out?

Well, arguably not. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is “better” on paper, but let’s put all the p*ssing contest stuff to the side for a moment and think about this logically.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime vs Samsung Galaxy S5The headline feature on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime (left, supposedly) is its QHD display. But do we need QHD displays on smartphones? Heck, there are those who think even 1080p smartphones (such as the Galaxy S5) are unnecessary.

And what about the processor? The Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is tipped to arrive with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, and while it’ll inevitably be nippier and more power efficient than the Galaxy S5’s Snapdragon 801, bear in mind that it’ll have to cope with 3.7 million pixels on the Prime compared to just 2 million on the existing model.

Unless you’re the kind of nerd who’s obsessed with benchmarks and the like, the processor isn’t going to make much difference, realistically. But then if you are that kind of nerd, chances are you’re waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime anyway.

What else? Ah, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime will supposedly rock 3GB of RAM. Again, does it need 3GB of RAM, or would it cope admirably with 2GB? Arguably the latter.

The icing on the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime cake: a metal body. If that’s a deal-breaker, you’re more likely to have opted for the glorious HTC One M8 over the plastic Samsung Galaxy S5.

In conclusion, yes, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is impressive on paper, but it’s really just a case of manufacturers flexing their spec muscles.

Indeed, on that note, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime is seemingly being developed in response to the imminent QHD LG G3 as opposed to genuine consumer demand, and there are rumours that it’ll arrive in limited quantities only – perhaps remaining exclusive to Korea and the surrounding areas.

As Axl Rose once sang: Don’t you cry-y-y-y-y-y-y (if you just bought a Samsung Galaxy S5).

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 22, 2014 at 16:55

2014 seems to be shaping up to be another "sod it, I'll keep the Note 2" year...

I'm assuming the Note 4 won't be that ground breaking, just a bigger S5 with a Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM and a 5.7" - 6" 1440p display.

I'm more excited for a Moto G2, than any high end smartphone in 2014...


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