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Bad news, Galaxy fans: Samsung exec says there’s no premium Galaxy S5

Published Mar 14th, 2014 2:44PM EDT
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Rumors suggesting Samsung might finally debut a flagship smartphone with the premium enclosure that its premium internal components deserve were put on ice last month when the company unveiled a Galaxy S5 that was just as plasticky as ever. It’s still a great phone, as we noted in our hands-on Galaxy S5 preview, but the divide between Samsung’s wares and handsets like the iPhone 5s or HTC One is growing wider.

Considering the company launched more than a dozen different variations of the Galaxy S4, we thought Samsung might still have a higher-end version of its new flagship phone waiting in the wings. As it turns out, however, that apparently isn’t the case.

Speaking with South Korean tech news site K Bench, Samsung’s mobile boss JK Shin has apparently confirmed that there is, in fact, no premium Galaxy S5 version. “There is no such thing,” the executive said.

He also noted that Samsung will of course debut a new Galaxy Note phablet (the Galaxy Note 4) later this year.

If there’s any solace for users hoping to see a premium metal Samsung phone sometime soon, it’s that Shin spoke only of the Galaxy S5 when refuting rumors. Some reports have claimed that Samsung is working on a separate “Galaxy F” line of smartphones that will feature high-end metal cases. If one of them looks like this, count us in.

Zach Epstein
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