Samsung quietly launches Galaxy S5 Plus in Europe

Specced-up flagship with Snapdragon 805 materialises in the Netherlands
The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus – spot the difference

Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus

Samsung has taken the wraps off an upgraded version of its Galaxy S5 flagship – without the usual fanfare.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus (G901F) has launched in the Netherlands, adding a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor in place of the original Galaxy S5's Snapdragon 801 processor. The newer chipset should make for improvements in graphics (thanks to its Adreno 420 GPU) and power management over the original phone.

Elsewhere, the spec sheet for the Galaxy S5 Plus is identical to its predecessor; a 5.1in 1080p display, 2GB RAM, a 2,800mAh battery and internal storage starting at 16GB (expandable via micro SD). Round the back, there's a 16MP camera with 4K video recording. You also get the same IP67 water and dust resistance, 3G, 4G/LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and heart rate and fingerprint sensors.

Despite its specced-up processor, the Galaxy S5 Plus isn't the most powerful variant of the Galaxy S5; that honour goes to the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A (G906S), a Korea-only version of the phone that packs a 2K display and 3GB RAM alongside a Snapdragon 805 processor.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus will be available from late October in black, blue, gold and white options, priced at €600; there's no word on whether the phone will make it to our shores, though its European roll-out is encouraging.

[Sources: Forbes and Android Central]

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