news Korean electronics giant Samsung today revealed it would start selling two new high-end smartphones, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, in Australia in early September at comparable prices to those charged in the United States, but leaving the 64GB version of its Note 5 handset out of the local market.
The two smartphones represent high-level options for smartphone buyers, but are not Samsung’s most popular handset, with that crown going to the Galaxy S line, currently headlined by the Galaxy S6.
The Note 5 is Samsung’s new ‘phablet’ device, sitting midway between a smartphone and a tablet with a 5.7” screen at a resolution of 2560×1440 — giving it a pixel density of 518ppi. It has been redesigned to feature a similar metallic design as is found in the Galaxy S6, but loses removable battery and microSD card support. It comes with the same 8-core Samsung Exynos processor as the S6, and 4GB of RAM. Its rear camera is a 16 megapixel model, and it also comes with a 5 megapixel front camera. The Note 5’s S-pen included stylus has also been resigned.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is a larger version of the 6 Edge which Samsung announced earlier this year. It still features the same rounded edges on its front display, but is a larger size, at the same 5.7” that the Note 5 is. It weighs a little less than the Note 5 (153g compared with 171g) but features very similar specifications otherwise — the same processor, 4Gb of RAM and so on. Both smartphones also support LTE Category 9 for the fastest possible mobile speeds and run version 5.1 (Lollipop) of Android.
Samsung held a launch event in Sydney today to announce Australian availability for the models.
In general the handsets will sell for similar prices as they do in the US —- the 32GB Note 5 will sell for a recommended retail price of $1,099, the 32Gb Galaxy S6 edge= will sell for $1,199 and the 64GB version for $1,299.
However, one model is not available in Australia for now — the 64GB version of the Note 5 — and some colours are not available. For example, the Note 5 will only sell locally in the black or gold colours — not its additional white colour and silver colours, and the S6 edge+ will only sell in black and white, not gold and silver.
Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Note 5 will be available for pre-order from 4pm, Tuesday 18 August with an expected on-sale of Friday, 4 September.
“The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 combine power, performance and beautiful design that deliver an experience that is simply unrivalled compared to anything we have ever produced. From their polished glass design that sit comfortably in the hand, to amazing battery life and powerful processing capability, Australians will love the latest Galaxy smartphone experience,” said Prasad Gokhale, Vice President – IT & Mobile – Samsung Electronics Australia.
“We believe these devices represent the next generation of smartphones and a pivotal step for Samsung’s mobile industry. They are proof of Samsung’s continued commitment to developing the most advanced and high performance mobile devices possible.”
Pricey for what you get, but what you get is very good — these are top of the line models from Samsung, and they show it. I know some readers will be annoyed by the lack of a removable battery and microSD card support, but that is pretty much par for the course with today’s smartphones.
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