The two ultra-high-end phablets will kick off pre-orders later today and start shipping August 21 in the United States.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is dead, long live the Galaxy S6 Edge+! The non-edgy Galaxy Note 5 as well, even though its sales are likely to be heavily impacted by the striking similarities to the non-S Pen-capable 5.7 incher.
Besides the dual edge screen of the former and spring-loaded clicking stylus mechanism of the latter, you’re really looking at the same exact phone here. Both the S6 Edge+ (not Plus) and Note 5 sport gargantuan 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED panels.
That means pixel density sits at a breathtakingly sharp 518 ppi on both devices. Then you have identical (and somewhat underwhelming) 16 MP/5 MP cameras, 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 32 and 64 GB internal storage options and octa-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 chips based on 14 nm architecture.
So far, so… predictable, which is unfortunately what we can say about the absence of microSD expansion too, not to mention the sealed 3,000 mAh batteries. Oh, come on, Sammy, the now “obsolete” GNote 4 packs 3,220 mAh juice.
On the bright side, all the rumors regarding speedy UFS (Universal Flash Storage) 2.0 technology panned out, and the cells support fast charging wired and wireless. On the software side of things, you get the best of the best, i.e. Android 5.1 Lollipop, with just the right amount of TouchWiz modifications and edge optimizations to actually improve the user experience.
As far as connectivity goes, it’s definitely nice to see LTE Cat.9 provided in addition to all your bare necessities – Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB 2.0. Oh, and let’s not forget fingerprint authentication, as well as Samsung Pay access from August 20 in Korea and September 28 stateside.
Anything else missing aside from microSD and maybe water protection? USB Type C is the only futuristic feature we can think of, with OnePlus left all alone on the bandwagon of innovation.
Extremely similar to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on the outside, the metal-and-glass S6 Edge+ and Note 5 measure a skinny 6.9 and 7.6 mm in depth, tipping the scales at 153 and 171 grams respectively. Expected out worldwide by September, the two will debut on all big four US networks next Friday, after eight days of pre-sales.
Apparently, the GS6 Edge+ is priced at $800 and up contract-free, while the Note 5 insists on keeping that information under wraps. Since it lacks the flashy edges, but boasts a curvy body nonetheless, as well as S Pen capabilities, we predict it’ll start at $800 unlocked also, and $300 with pacts. Interested?