Samsung announces Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

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This was not a well kept secret, but Samsung officially took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ this morning at their Unpacked event. We got pretty much what we expected-the Note 5 is a bigger version of the Galaxy S6 with some subtle changes. The S6 Edge+ is a super-sized 5.7″ version of the S6 Edge with very few changes at all.

The Galaxy Note 5 features a familiar 5.7″ QHD display, but no longer has a removable battery and lacks microSD support. The omissions of removable battery and expandable storage is sure to upset some loyal Note series users. The phone features the Exynos 7420 processor with 4 GB of RAM. The design has been refreshed with an all-metal and glass body and slightly curved edges on the back side for an easier grip on the phone. These changes along with an improved software and S-Pen experience are the main selling points for Note 4 users to make the jump and upgrade.

With S6 Edge+, Samsung gives fans of big phones a chance to get in on the dual-edge action from earlier this year. This phone features the same internal specs at the Note 5 (which in turn are very similar to the Galaxy S6) and the same camera module as well. In addition, both phones come with the familiar one-touch fingerprint scanner and will be offered in 32 GB and 64 GB variants. The S6 Edge+ features a few minor software tweaks that take advantage of the new screen real-estate, including app-pinning to the edge screen.

Both phones will be available for pre-order starting today, August 13 at 3 PM EDT. The carrier pricing will vary but all US carriers will have availability of both phones on August 21. We will have a follow-up post soon with a running list of pricing options and availability for the major US carriers. Keep it locked here to HOA news all day for tons of great Samsung Unpacked coverage!

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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