Samsung announced two new mobile devices today, and both were to be expected. The first is the Galaxy S6 Edge +, which is a larger size version of a phone that they already carry. The other is the Galaxy Note 5, the next addition in a series of phablets. This is the Galaxy S6 Edge + and Galaxy Note 5 Release Date, Specs, and Price.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +
According to Engadget, the Galaxy S6 Edge + is very much like the Note 5. The "super-sized" Galaxy S6 Edge has a 5.7 inch screen that is has that edge that it is known for. For those that aren't aware, the Edge has a curved screen on its border, made so you can have access to notifications and other things at a glance.
In fact, there is some software included known as App Edge, which allows the user to set up certain applications on the side for easier access. Samsung has managed to put more stuff on the Edge with the help of content providers like CNN, Yahoo, and Twitter. The company also plans to launch an API so that developers can create their own Edge-friendly features.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5
With the phablet market getting bigger all the time (getting bigger in sales, but not necessarily in size), it should surprise no one to see that the Galaxy Note 5 is here. The screen is exactly the same size as the Galaxy S6 Edge +, only there is no slant/edged screen for notifications. The Galaxy Note 5 has some support for LTE category 9 as well as LoopPay's wireless credit-card imitating MST technology, according to a separate article on Engadget.
As far as any new updates on the S Pen are concerned, it is a little more solid and sturdy in spite of the light weight required to get it to be part of the phone. Any time that the user wants to use the phablet as a tablet, the Note 5 can detect the writing or doodling and immediately brings it to S Note. Also included is the ability to mark up PDF files no matter what app you are in, and an Air Command menu that pops up when you remove the S Pen from the Note 5.
So Much in Common
Both of these mobile devices have identical hardware with an octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset with 4 GB of RAM, 16 Megapixel rear camera, 5 Megapixel front-facing camera, and 32 or 64 GB of storage and "absolutely nothing in the way of expandable memory".
In fact, both are made with glass and metal designs that are reported to feel very similar in the user's hand. Is it possible that not only were these phones announced at the same time, but they were developed side-by-side? It would not surprise me at all if they were, and Samsung sure wanted to get its products out there to its consumers.
Expect to see the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge + to be available on all five major US carriers on August 21st for about $300 for the 32 GB edition, and $400 for the 64 GB edition. The Galaxy Note 5 will also be available on all US carriers on the same date, with a price of $250 on contract for the 32 GB model, and $350 for the 64 GB one.