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What Is The Difference Between The Galaxy Note 5 And The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus?

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What Is The Difference Between The Galaxy Note 5 And The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus?© 2017 Gordon Kelly

Do you know why I can't get excited about the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Simply because it's nearly the exact same device as the Note 5, and we can't figure out why Samsung would create such two similar products, let alone release them on the same day. 

It’s been a long time coming. We’ve waited with breathless anticipation for the Galaxy Note 5. Although today during Samsung’s Unpacked event, the South Korean giant also announced the Galaxy S6 Edge+, not many people (me) were as excited about that.

Do you know why people (me) can't get excited about the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Simply because it's nearly the exact same device as the Note 5, and we can't figure out why Samsung would create such two similar products. It's true, the Note is more for business, but the specs are nearly identical. The main difference between the the Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus? The curved screen on the S6 Edge Plus - and that's it, seriously.

The Galaxy Note 5, though, is just as big and glorious as phablet-lovers could dream of. And, unsurprisingly, managed to be leaked mere hours before the official press event.

Obviously, as a longtime favorite phablet flagship, it will have it’s standard 5.7-inch screen, with an impressive QuadHD (1,440 x 2560 resolution) which gives it an impressive 515 pixels per inch, the same as the much loved Note 4. It will be powered by Samsung’s own in-house octa-core Exynos processor, alongside 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

The main difference? The curved screen on the S6 Edge Plus - and that's it, seriously.

For those wondering about the battery, there is disappointment to be had: we are looking at 3,000 mAh, which is even smaller than the Note 4’s 3,220 mAh. It’s true, however, that the new Exynos processor is more power efficient than the predecessors, so hopefully you won’t miss that extra battery power. As for the camera, it is the same as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge cameras, so we have the same fantastic quality 16 megapixel snapper in the rear, coupled with a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. It runs Android 5.1.1. Lollipop out of the box.

I would be lying if I told you that this was something particularly new or innovative, because it’s not - even for a Note, there was nothing new here. 

Obviously, it comes with S Pen (because it’s a Note, duh). All things considered, this is a stand-up handset. However, I would be lying if I told you that this was something particularly new or innovative, because it’s not - even for a Note, there was nothing new here. But for Samsung fans everywhere, especially phablet fans, this is good news.

And yes, I suppose I should also discuss the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, but frankly, the name alone turns me off. It seems silly to release such similar items at once, and yet: The same 5.7-inch screen with Super AMOLED display and a QuadHD screen. It will also harbor the Exynos 4720 chipset, with an octa-core CPU. The rest is more of the same: 4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of internal storage, 16 megapixel primary camera, 5 megapixel rear camera… except this phone has an “edge”.

So the Note is lacking innovation and probably won't be anything special to anyone except Note lovers - so my question is, who is the S6 Edge Plus marketed to? They are basically the same thing.

Neither device has expandable storage nor removable batteries, which is a disappointment. Both come with a fingerprint sensor, though, and Samsung Pay.  

So the Note is lacking innovation and probably won't be anything special to anyone except Note lovers - so my question is, who is the S6 Edge Plus marketed to? They are basically the same thing.

To be fair, though, both of these devices are just as good as the highly anticipated Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge - and I'm not trying to discount that. I was just hoping for something a bit more, or at least a bit different. 

Both hit shelves in Canada and US as soon as August 21. US pre-orders are already available.

 

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