Samsung Electronics released Thursday a new Galaxy S5 handset that supports faster mobile network for the first time in the world.
The new smartphone called the "Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A," is an upgrade to its predecessor Galaxy S5 which was released on March 27.
The firm said it became the world's first to have a handset that supports the latest broadband long-term evolution advanced (LTE-A) network.
"The company showed its leadership in the mobile industry by releasing a device that opens the era of broadband LTE-A," a Samsung Electronics official said.
The launch of new handset is in accordance with the leading local mobile carrier SK Telecom's announcement it was starting the service of the broadband LTE-A on the same day. The telecom company said Thursday it launched an even faster mobile network service for the first time in the world.
The broadband LTE-A is an upgrade from the LTE-A network. Theoretically, it enables up to 225 megabits-per-second (Mbps) downloading, which is three times faster than 75 Mbps transmission speed of the original LTE and some 1.5 times faster than 150 Mbps of the LTE-A.
The company released the new smartphone first through SK Telecom and will provide them for other local mobile carriers later.
KT started to receive reservations for the new Galaxy S5, Thursday, and said the handsets will be delivered starting from July 1, when the company launches its own broadband LTE-A service.
The electronics giant included the wide-quad high-definition (WQHD) Super AMODEL display panel that supports up to 2560x1440 resolutions.
The new handset is equipped with Qualcomm's quad-core 2.5 gigahertz mobile application processor Snap Dragon 805. It has a graphic processor unit called Adreno 420, which enables devices to play ultra-high-definition-class videos with low battery consumption.
Memory capacity is also upgraded to three gigabytes, up from Galaxy S5's two. This means the overall performance of the device will be improved.
Except for the processor, display panel and memory, other specifications such as camera module and heartbeat sensor are the same as the Galaxy S5, according to the company.
The new Galaxy S5's factory price is set to 945,000 won, up from the old Galaxy S5's 866,800 won.
Meanwhile, some voiced concern over the new handset's timing of release because it has been less than three months since Galaxy S5 was rolled out.
Earlier last year, the company made a similar move to release the Galaxy S4 LTE-A to support the LTE-A network, which was the latest technology available at that time, about two months after it released the Galaxy S4.
"Some customers may feel falling behind as the new technologies are brought out too fast," an industry insider said. "Such seems inevitable amid the fierce competition in the local information and telecom technology industry."