Samsung does not seem to be easing up on releasing new products, with the latest being the Galaxy S5 Plus. The device can be considered the performance edition of the flagship Galaxy S5, with key performance improvements to an already powerful device.
First spotted on the Samsung website of the Netherlands, the Galaxy S5 Plus was officially announced last week and is one of the many variants of the S5 series, including the Galaxy S5 LTE-A which was announced in Korea. As mentioned before, the highlight of the S5 Plus is the improved performance. It packs an improved chipset in the Snapdragon 805, along with the improved Krait 450 processor. This equates to a big jump in performance with more power efficiency. However, the Snapdragon 805 chipset has been toned down to run its cores at 2.5 Ghz instead of the 2.7 Ghz as seen in the Galaxy Note 4, most likely due to heating issues.
Another key talking point is the improved 4G performance. The Galaxy S5 Plus comes with support for “LTE Advanced”, which allows for blazing download speeds at 300Mbps, double the performance of regular LTE. Apart from the improved device and 4G performance, the Galaxy S5 Plus is similar to the original Galaxy S5 in every other specification. This is a surprise as the Galaxy S5 LTE-A that was released in Korea packed 3Gb of RAM and a 2k resolution display (2560×1440 pixels), rivaling that of the Note 4.
The Galaxy S5 Plus is expected to debut for the European market late October or early November in the Netherlands, retailing at €599. With a release date so close to the end of the year, Samsung may already be planning to boost its profits for 2015 before the inevitable announcement of the Galaxy S6.