After a less-than-favorable financial fissure in 2014, the company has been on a major image overhaul agenda. TouchWiz has been trimmed down, the Galaxies are now made of glass (well the high-end ones at least), and even the product logos have been refined. As the company prepares for its Unpacked event, new news is leaking out about the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the phablet-sized follow-up to this spring’s flagship.
A new report out of South Korea indicates that the curved wonder will be up for pre-order on August 20th, for all three of the nation’s main carriers, and that this product may serve to provide better profit margins for the company. While there has yet to be any concrete indication of the actual release of the device, it should presumably follow the official announcement within a matter of weeks.
This would seem all the more pertinent given that Samsung allegedly bumped-up the Unpacked event to avoid combating the iPhone 6S launch; the product ideally needs to be on the shelf and installed in shopper’s mindset before Cupertino can reissue its phablet. The report, for reference, seems to coincide nicely with earlier rumors of an August 21st pre-order date.
Given that there is no Galaxy Note Edge to be offered this year, it will be of great interest to see just how the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus fares: the product will purportedly cost the same amount as the Galaxy S6 Edge did (the device has now begun to see price cuts) and the extra size-factor gives it more of a market than the “smaller” standard smartphone supplied. New reports are even claiming that the S6 Edge Plus will have some extra features, though still nothing comparable to the Note Edge.
The current “known” specs for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus include a 5.67 inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display with an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. It is said to feature 32GB of internal storage that is non-expandable, a 5MP front facing camera, 16Mp rear camera with 4K Ultra HD video recording, LTE Cat 6 offering 300 Mbps download speeds, Wi-Fi n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC and a fingerprint sensor. The handset will launch running Android 5.1 Lollipop and will reportedly come with Samsung Pay, which ties in with previous reports of a September release for Samsung’s payment solution, though select users in South Korea are already experimenting with it.
With the Unpacked event having gone from weeks to days to mere hours at this point (depending on the time zone of choice) the truth will be told when it unfolds for all the world to witness. Presumably then, if not sooner, additional information regarding international pre-order availability will also be disclosed.