The microSD card slot on the dual-SIM GNote 5 is pretty much confirmed, the phablet’s very swift US launch too, while the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus may kick off Korean pre-orders next week.
Literally hours away from a no doubt crowded Samsung Unpacked event, the two stars of the show refuse to stay in the shadows and patiently wait for their cue to come out. There’s really very little we don’t already know about the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+, following multiple visual exposes, as well as speculation regarding everything from battery capacity to RAM counts, chips and release dates.
Although Sammy revised its typical fall announcement schedule, probably fearing an early iPhone 6s/6s Plus debut, the “next big thing(s)” look more than ready to take the world by storm momentarily. Stateside, the handhelds should go on sale several days before August 27, when an upcoming Sprint promotion will purportedly expire.
The Now Network plans to offer $200 savings on the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ to whoever is willing to trade in a used but fully working smartphone. Also, buyers of the new flagships can further score a Galaxy Tab 4 with no additional charge, as long as signing a separate two-year contract isn’t a problem.
Meanwhile, the Korea Times has it on good authority the pre-order start date in the manufacturer’s homeland is August 20, at least as far as the S6 Edge+ is concerned. That fits almost perfectly with a deadline recently divulged by Samsung France, suggesting the Note 5 could maybe only go out to Americans in the near future.
Elsewhere however, the 4 GB RAM-packing 5.7 incher should provide the choice of a secondary SIM card or microSD storage expansion. The photo above claims to showcase a testing unit of this highly desirable GNote 5 variation, which might target squarely emerging Asian markets. Possibly, with certain design or hardware compromises in tow.