Samsung (SSNLF.PK) is planning on launching a new high-end smartphone around the same time that Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone is expected to be released in September, according to an unnamed source cited by Phone Arena. Images and technical specification details of the so-called Galaxy F were also provided to Phone Arena by the same source. Industry watchers have speculated that Samsung is accelerating the release of its next device in order to appropriate some of the hype that is building up around Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 launches. Multiple media outlets have reported rumors that Apple will make the iPhone 6 available in two larger screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches.
Samsung’s Galaxy F will feature the usual smartphone spec upgrades, including a larger screen size of 5.3 inches with a higher-resolution Quad High Definition (QHD) display of 1440 by 2560 pixels, as well as a faster quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor. This tops the specs for Samsung’s current flagship Galaxy S5, which features a 5.1-inch display with Full High Definition (FHD) 1080-by-1920 pixel resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Samsung will also be replacing the dimpled texture plastic rear casing found on the Galaxy S5 with a brushed metal casing on the Galaxy F.
On the other hand, Samsung will not be boosting the pixel count for its rear-facing camera like it has for the past several generations. According to Phone Arena’s source, the Samsung Galaxy F will retain the 16-megapixel camera found on the Galaxy S5, although it will be bolstered with an Optical Image Stabilization technology.