Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime images pop up online

Pictures which allegedly show an incoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime handset have been published online.

A Prime version of the S5, a souped-up model, has long been rumoured, and in fact pre-launch there was plenty of chatter about there being two versions of the S5, one standard and one premium.

And Phone Arena has been sent images of the S5 Prime – well, allegedly they're pics of the handset, sent over by readers – appearing to confirm its existence. See one of the pics above.

The Prime, if it does exist, would explain one thing – why Samsung stuck to the plastic chassis with the Galaxy S5, as one of the premium version's benefits is an aluminium body to (hopefully) rival the build quality of the HTC One M8.

The phone will also reportedly carry a 5.2in display with a stonking 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, and a boost to a Snapdragon 805 CPU with Adreno 420 GPU, along with 3GB of RAM (all that will doubtless be needed to drive that screen along smoothly).

And, of course, you can expect it to cost more – which, given that the S5 isn't exactly cheap to begin with, may have your wallet cowering rightfully in fear at the prospective price tag.

The images could be some manner of fakery, of course; or indeed pics of an old prototype S5, who knows, but with the reveal date being rumoured as June, we won't have long to wait to find out. The other interesting snippet of info is that the S5 Prime could carry Android 4.4.3 if/when it bursts onto shelves.

The Galaxy S5 is doing even better than the S4, hitting 11 million sales in a month, so it would hardly be surprising to see Samsung capitalise on its success with as many angles as possible. However, an S5 Prime launch so soon after the S5 has gone on sale could anger early adopters who didn't get a chance to choose between the standard and premium versions of the phone.

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