Without a hint of fanfare, Samsung has just released an upgraded version of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone - but only in Europe. Called the Galaxy S5 Plus, the phone is spec'd similarly to the LTE-A version of the phone that was released only in Korea. At the forefront is a CPU upgrade, from a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 801 to a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 805; both CPUs are quad-core models. This move also boosts the graphics chip, updating the Adreno 330 to the 420.
Outside of the SoC, nothing else seems to have changed outside of having 'Enhanced LTE', allowing the phone to peak at about 300Mbps. Aside from that, the phone still sports a 1080p resolution, 2GB of RAM under-the-hood, a 16 megapixel camera at the back, and a 2,800mAh battery. Interestingly, the S5 Plus isn't the most robust S5 out there; that honor goes to Korea's LTE-A variant, which bumps the available RAM to 3GB, and the display size to 2560x1440. It would have been nice to see these perks on Europe's release of the Plus, but arguably, those are two changes that are not very important.
The S5 Plus won't launch with Android 4.4.4, but instead 4.4.2. It goes without saying that the phone will be upgradeable to Android 5.0 'Lollipop', though when that will happen is a great question for any device.
We're not sure at the moment what pricetag will be hanging off of the S5 Plus, but its release is set to happen next month. The phone will be available in gold, black, and blue, with its face color being white (gold model) or black (blue or black model).