Samsung lifted the lid on a jumbo-sized iteration of the Galaxy S6 Edge today, as it bids to arrest seven consecutive quarters of declining profits. However, despite showcasing the latest version of the Galaxy Note it will not be bringing it to the UK. For now, anyway.
Billed by the phone-maker as the ‘next big thing’, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus keeps the current-gen model’s trademark dual-edge, quad-HD SuperAMOLED screen but upgrades it from 5.1-inches to 5.67 inches.
To incorporate the larger screen without adding extra bulk to the phone itself, the bezel (that’s the plastic part around the display) has been shrunk.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus also features a 16-megapixel rear camera with improved video smarts, such as Video Image stabilisation, 4K video recording and the option to livestream full HD video to other devices. A five-megapixel front-facing secondary camera handles selfies and whathaveyou.
Elsewhere, there’s a Samsung Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor (up from the quad-core chipset that powered the last-generation model), 32GB of internal storage, 4G LTE support and a 3000MaH processor.
And in keeping with Samsung’s other recent flagship phones, it offers a fast charging mode and wireless charging that it’s claimed is 2.5x times faster than rivals (the charging pad is sold separately) and comes with Knox security fingerprint recognition technology for the new Samsung Pay mobile payments system.
According to Samsung, when charged with a wired charger the phone can be fully charged in around 90 minutes. Go with the wireless charger and Samsung claims you can expect to go from zero to 100% in 120 minutes.
Rounding things off its SideSync, which “offers both wireless and wired PC-smartphone integration for seamless connections across devices”. This features auto-detection and an ultra-quick set-up, with the intention of making it quick and easy to connect their phone to their PC or tablet and transfer files and data between platforms and operating systems.
The phone goes on pre-order on August 18th and will be available to buy from September 4th.
In news that surprised tech-watchers, Samsung did not grant the Note 5 a UK release despite unveiling it at the US press event.
Want to know more? We’ll be posting news about the surprise turn of events imminently.