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Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus packs more power

A new, more powerful version of the Galaxy S5 flagship phone has landed on Samsung’s Dutch website, dubbed the Galaxy S5 Plus – but what’s the difference and will it hit the UK?

Samsung’s well known for churning out a gajillion smartphones and mobile refreshes every year and the latest reveal is its new Galaxy S5 Plus handset, a new Galaxy S5 with a Snapdragon 805 processor replacing the old Snapdragon 801 chip.

That seems to be the only change after a scroll through the Galaxy S5 Plus’ specs, while the design appears to be exactly the same too, complete with the waterproofing, fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor ’round the back.

The Snapdragon 805 should provide a respectable jump in performance benchmarking over the old Galaxy S5, although the main advantages are to do with camera processing and 4K image reproduction. As the screen and camera remain the same on the Galaxy S5 Plus, we wonder how much difference that new chipset will actually make for everyday use.

Bizarrely, the Galaxy S5 Plus has so far only appeared on the Korean company’s Netherlands website. As such, there’s no word on whether it’s coming to the UK just yet, and there’s no pricing info either, so we’ll have to wait for confirmation – we’ve already reached out to Samsung for more information.

We’ve already heard that an LTE-A version of the Galaxy S5 will be stealthily replacing older models this year, and of course Samsung has put out plenty of other handsets in recent times, such as the metallic Galaxy Alpha and its phablety Note 4.