Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7" Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+

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in iPhone edited August 2015
South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Thursday officially unveiled its new jumbo-sized Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of 5.7-inch handsets designed to compete against Apple's smash hit iPhone 6 Plus.




The Galaxy Note 5 is an evolution of Samsung's popular Note range, keeping its predecessor's large display while packing it into a thinner package. The S6 Edge+ is a scaled-up version of the S6 Edge, which launched earlier this year and is said to be the more popular of Samsung's twin flagships.

Both new smartphones sport 8-core Samsung Exynos chips, 4 gigabytes of RAM, 16-megapixel rear cameras, and 5-megapixel front cameras. The rear cameras can now capture 4K video, and stream live to YouTube in full high definition.

The Note 6 and S6 Edge+ will be available in either 32- or 64-gigabyte configurations, and neither will ship with a memory expansion slot.

"At Samsung, we believed in the promise that big screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go," Samsung Mobile chief JK Shin said in a release. "With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we're reemphasizing our commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers."

Samsung has yet to reveal pricing for either device, though both will be available in the U.S. on Sept. 21. Color options for the S6 Edge+ include black and gold, while the Note 5 will come in black or white.
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  • Reply 1 of 63
    Wrap it all the way around the back, then the top and bottom, so that its entire surface area is touch screen. That's innovation. /s
  • Reply 2 of 63
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,121member
    This will be fun
  • Reply 3 of 63
    loekfloekf Posts: 36member
    Welcome regional "segmentation". The Note 5 is not available in most of Europe, the Edge 6 is not available in the US ?

    According to a review of the Edge 6 on a Dutch website, the Edge 6 has 4 GB DRAM, but the OS Samsung software takes up to 2.1 GB.

    In other news, Telecom in Germany already allows you to reserve the 6S/6S ....
  • Reply 4 of 63

    Utterly lame announcements. Still using the same Exynos 7420 (when people were swearing up & down the Exynos 7422 "Apple A9 killer" was going to be out). All they did is release a bigger, mildly tweaked version of the S6 and added another 1GB RAM to help run that horribly in-efficient OS.

     

    Can't wait to see Samsung fans try to spin this in a positive way.

  • Reply 5 of 63
    jm6032jm6032 Posts: 147member

    Wouldn't it be interesting if Apple completely changed the naming scheme for iPhones? Say, something like the Apple Phone Sport, Apple Phone, etc. What on earth would Samsung do then for phone names?

  • Reply 6 of 63
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,808member

    Bit larger phone doesn't mean bit better. I would not advice anyone to pay any attention as iphone 6S just around the corner.

  • Reply 7 of 63
    nagrommenagromme Posts: 2,834member
    Designed to compete against? It's just a size.

    Designed to look like? Well, yes, but that's not new.
  • Reply 8 of 63
    focherfocher Posts: 638member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jm6032 View Post

     

    Wouldn't it be interesting if Apple completely changed the naming scheme for iPhones? Say, something like the Apple Phone Sport, Apple Phone, etc. What on earth would Samsung do then for phone names?




    We know the answer to that hypothetical. Samsung would change the names of their devices to Sport, Phone, etc.

  • Reply 9 of 63
    More landfill.
  • Reply 10 of 63
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sog35 View Post

     

    So basically the Galaxy Note 5 is just a bigger version of the S6.




    No, I think it has a digitiser for the pen.  Wired asked Samsung why they didn't do the S6 Edge+ with a pen and they replied they could, but it would be $1000.

  • Reply 11 of 63
    Soo Samsung Pay and S6 Edge Plus announced on the same day? Yep Samsung and Adroid devices are totally a shining beacon of unique innovative originality the likes of which Apple is inferior to

    Fandroids and Samsung fans rejoice in this modern marvel
  • Reply 12 of 63
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by focher View Post

     



    We know the answer to that hypothetical. Samsung would change the names of their devices to Sport, Phone, etc.




    This is a really tiresome meme.  Samsung have been using Plus with various models since at least the S2 and probably before.  They really should pare down the range of phones they make, it's utterly bewildering and confusing.  They should have 6 phone models at most, not 36.

  • Reply 13 of 63
    I can't believe that there are millions of people out there that buy these [email protected] phones. Worst OS.
  • Reply 14 of 63
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cnocbui View Post

     


    They should have 6 phone models at most, not 36.

    They were apparently making 56 models last year. So, if they've cut it to 36, that progress! <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /> 

  • Reply 15 of 63
    cnocbui wrote: »

    This is a really tiresome meme.  Samsung have been using Plus with various models since at least the S2 and probably before.  They really should pare down the range of phones they make, it's utterly bewildering and confusing.  They should have 6 phone models at most, not 36.
    It's called throwing Sh!t at a wall to see what sticks. But as usual sales will tank and Samsung fanboys will try to bash Apple any chance they get.
  • Reply 16 of 63
    poksipoksi Posts: 481member
    When nothing else works, then just add some more models .... :)

    But the forgot to enhance resolution to 1200dpi and add some 48 cores...
  • Reply 17 of 63
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,820member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by loekf View Post



    Welcome regional "segmentation". The Note 5 is not available in most of Europe, the Edge 6 is not available in the US ?



    According to a review of the Edge 6 on a Dutch website, the Edge 6 has 4 GB DRAM, but the OS Samsung software takes up to 2.1 GB.



    In other news, Telecom in Germany already allows you to reserve the 6S/6S ....

    Confusing memory with storage space.

  • Reply 18 of 63
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    sog35 wrote: »
    The Galaxy S6 is selling for $580 at T-mobile.
    The iPhone6 is selling for $650.

    Amazing that a 4 month old phone is already discounted 11% while the 1 year old iPhone is still $650.

    Pricing power.

    FanDroids on this site were arguing that this is typical of Sammy knockoff phones, that they usually update models this soon and that "Apple does it tooo!"

    So full of ***.
  • Reply 19 of 63
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,820member

    Other than the edge thing, what's the difference and why do they need two models?

  • Reply 20 of 63

    So they've removed the SD card slot and shrunk the battery!?!  And the Note 5 isn't coming to Europe!  Way to screw your customers Samsung!  So how many 6S Pluses will Apple now sell?

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