Samsung is back, and they’ve brought another smartphone to the table. This time, an upgrade to their long-standing line of successful S devices. Now though, the latest candidate is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus, meant to be an upgrade to the Galaxy S5, which was released earlier in the year.
Oddly enough though, there isn’t a ton of difference between this device and any other Samsung flagship devices. So, where are we, and why are we here? The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus brings a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor – one that is actually slower than the processor in the Galaxy Note 4. The 805 was clocked at 2.5GHz up against the traditional 2.7GHz in the Note 4. The only other added, and upgraded component is the addition of LTE Advanced connectivity.
Everything else remains the same.
That includes the 2GB of RAM, the 16MP rear-facing camera, the IP67 rating, the 16GB of internal storage – which sounds like a lot, but can quickly be filled – and a 2,800 mAh battery. Even more ironic is that Samsung didn’t worry about upgrading the display, either The S5 display, though it isn’t at all bad, was left to be just the same as it previously was. Which many had speculated that the device would get a screen upgrade from the previous model. That though also went unchanged as the device continued with a 5.1-inch 1080p display.
Right now it appears as though the S5 Plus will first launch in the Netherlands, and there isn’t any word on when the device will make it here to the United States. That said though this device is a serious question mark to the Samsung Galaxy S brand, as a whole. It’s unclear what the intention, or what the goal of Samsung is with this device, or with this launch. While, it would appear as though this could be an attempt to compete with Apple for having a device that was recently released, and a rather lazy effort to compete with that, it doesn’t appear as though it will do much since the Samsung Galaxy S6, which will surely be an upgrade, is just a few months away – with their typical Spring launches.