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Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8 battle intensifies with Samsung's metal body upgrade

Samsung is set to launch a premium version of its Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone in June of this year that could rival the metal bodied HTC One M8, if a report from the Korean newspaper Asia Today is anything to go by.

Packing a new higher resolution QHD 2560 x 1440pp screen and a 20-megapixel camera, this updated S5 would aim to do battle with some of the best smartphones on the market.

Interestingly, Samsung has reportedly made the decision to splash out and launch the powerful new S5 with a full metal body. The HTC One M8 has been showered with praise for its sleek design and high quality – ITProPortal's Sandra Vogel in her review even went so far as to say "it looks gorgeous" awarding the handset four and a half stars and an ITProPortal "Best Buy" award. Clearly then Samsung's departure from a cheap plastic chassis to a more upmarket finish could be an attempt to siphon off some of the HTC One M8's success.

Citing industry sources, Asia Today included a full spec list expected to belong to the premium S5. According to the list, it should pack a top of the range 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdradon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and an eight-core processor option in markets where 4G penetration is low.

Lay that out next to the original Galaxy S5's specs and you can see the full extent of the makeover. The old model has a plastic body, a 16-megapixel camera and just 2GB of RAM with a Snapdragon 801 processor.

It's a clear leap in terms of quality and a challenge to HTC who has long been lauded as a market leader in terms of smartphone design. If the rumour is true, the new S5 could be Samsung's attempt to hit back at criticism from both customers and press for sticking to cheap, plastic bodies in top-end smartphones.