Up for pre-orders already across the nation, the two premium phablets will kick shipping into gear come August 21 with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Best Buy.
Now that the dust has settled on Samsung’s glamorous but awfully predictable Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ announcements, it’s time to make your decisions. Will you go big and dual edged, or big, curvy and S Pen-capable?
In a surprising twist, Europeans can’t afford the luxury to choose, as the GNote 5 targets squarely North American and Asian markets to start with. Meanwhile, the S6 Edge+ looks ready to embrace all interested customers, regardless of gender, race and residence, as long as they’re stinking rich.
Oh, yes, the beautiful, aluminum-and-glass, 6.9 mm slim 5.7 incher costs quite a pretty penny stateside, namely $300 and up with AT&T pacts, $350 on-contract at Sprint, $768 outright via Verizon, and $780 on full retail through T-Mobile.
Best Buy also does Verizon contracts, which the carrier itself has forsaken, and the price matches Sprint’s, at $350 in a 32GB configuration and $450 when capable of accommodating 64 gigs of data internally.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, 450 bucks is more than what Motorola and OnePlus charge for unlocked X Pure Editions and USB Type C-compatible 2s. Doesn’t it feel a little extreme, given there’s no microSD card slot and the battery can’t be replaced?
Well, believe it or not, the Galaxy Note 5 is ever so slightly more affordable, at $250 with two-year AT&T or Sprint agreements, $696 outright through Big Red, and $700 over at T-Mo. If you’d rather pay nada upfront, and then steady monthly installments, the Note 5 starts at $29 with Big Red, and $29.17 at Magenta.
Need some sort of deal sweetener to justify the steep tariffs? Best Buy has a free wireless charger to throw in with every purchase and activation of a Note 5 or S6 Edge+, as well as $200 gift cards for qualifying trade-ins. And T-Mobile brings back a very popular promotion from when the S6 and S6 Edge rolled out, offering one year of complimentary Netflix access through August 30.