Samsung reveals the Galaxy S5 Plus, the "world's fastest Android smartphone"

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In a move very quiet and atypical for Samsung, the global electronics company has launched the Galaxy S5 Plus smartphone, which Forbes calls the "Android world's fastest smartphone," and maybe rightfully so.

The refresh is fairly straightforward: replacing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, they've put in Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 chipset instead-- the same hardware found in the Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6. 

Some of the benefits of the Snapdragon 805 include a significantly improved memory bandwidth, upgraded GPU, and an improved processor. One element worth mentioning, however, is that Samsung has under-clocked the CPU compared to the Note 4. While the Note 4 is clocked at 2.7 Ghz, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus is clocked at a slightly lower 2.5 Ghz. Still, given that it is the only true smartphone with the Snapdragon 805 chipset, that makes it the world's most powerful Android smartphone -- for now, anyway. 

One element that is also improved with the new chipset is the 4G performance: the Snapdragon 805 provides support for "LTE advanced" which doubles bandwidth potential to 300 Mbps downstream transfer.

There is no indication whether Samsung will continue to sell the original Galaxy S5 or if they'll only sell the refreshed Galaxy S5 Plus. Based on history, it'll probably be the former. Nevertheless, expect price cuts for the original model, so this might be a chance for those who were put off by the high price tag to get their hands on a Galaxy S5.

Source: Forbes

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