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Samsung launches the Galaxy S5 Plus

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014.

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Nobody does market saturation quite like Samsung. Just in case you needed a new flavour of the company's Galaxy S5 smartphone the Korean giant has issued the Galaxy S5 Plus in Europe. The device showed up on a Dutch Samsung page and joins the normal Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A, but do we really need this device?

Samsung seems to think the answer is yes. The answer for the consumer will arrive once they know what the differences are between the normal Galaxy S5 and the S5 Plus... here's a clue, not many. In fact, the only real difference here is processor, with the S5 Plus getting a newer chipset, a 2.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 805 to be exact. Those rocking the older S5 will know that the device has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, but in both instances the chips are paired with 2GB of RAM.

If I want to get my Mr. Reasonable hat on, I can see where Samsung is coming from with this. Since launch the Galaxy S5 has been surpassed in terms of processing power by newer competitors. The S5 Plus is the company's way to keep the device relevant for those who may still want to buy one, but I think Samsung should have gone the whole hog and added other current high end specs such as a QHD screen. Other specs are also the same, such as the 5.2-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen, 16 megapixel rear camera, fingerprint sensor, heart rate monitor, and so on.

With an increased LTE capability of 225Mbps, this is the same device as the LTE-A launched in Asia during the summer, although that handset gets a QHD panel. So, that's three different Galaxy S5 variants and Samsung continues to flood the market with devices with only the smallest of variations. The frustrating thing here is that the Galaxy S6 is probably going to launch in the early months of 2015, so why would you really want to buy this handset now?

If you really want a Samsung flagship, buy the Galaxy Note 4 now or wait a few months for the Galaxy S6 to land.

source: Samsung

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