If nothing else, it feels like Samsung has mastered the shotgun approach to the smartphone market. Let's just release a whole bunch of phones in varying sizes and price points, and let the consumer decide what works best for them. The ongoing evolution of the Samsung's flagships brings us to the newest hot device on the docket: the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is exactly what it sounds like. They've taken the original S6 Edge and stretched it out with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. Some other enhancements come into play, like the introduction of the Apps Edge quick launcher. You still get a fingerprint reader and the octacore processor, but RAM has been bumped to 4GB. Here in Canada, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is offered in 32GB and 64GB flavors with 2-year contract pricing starting at $459.
The Galaxy Note 5 contains much of the same internals as the Galaxy S6 Edge+, but it loses the dual curved edge screen and gains a smidge of thickness. The design is a clear departure from the Galaxy Note 4 to match up with the S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. The S Pen has also been redesigned with a spring-loaded clicker and Air Command has been redesigned to be bigger and more flexible than last year's Note 4. It also gets a curved glass back to feel like a reversed S6 Edge+. Contract pricing starts at $359 and the Note 5 will only ship as a 32GB phone.
Both the S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 will be accompanied by a range of new accessories, including power banks, wireless charging pads and protective cases. Of particular note (no pun intended) is the keyboard case. It doesn't require any batteries, because it's not using Bluetooth. Instead, when you snap it onto either the Note 5 or the S6 Edge+, a virtual keyboard appears underneath and the keyboard attachment passes your input through via capacitive technology. It's definitely niche and of questionable utility for the average user, but someone might want it.
Check out our hands-on preview video above, as well as the photo gallery embedded below. We hope to get our hands on a review unit or two very soon, so stay tuned for that.