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Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones have leaked a lot over the past few weeks but unlike most smartphone launches, the rumours don’t seem to conflict too much. One thing that has been accepted as almost-fact is that the Samsung will defer away from its usual IFA release schedule to launch its new handsets early and get a jump on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 refresh.

We’ve previously heard that the Galaxy Note 5 could make its launch on August 12th with a release a few days later on August 21 and a new report from the Korean media has seemingly confirmed this, although suggests that the launch will take place on August 13 in New York City. The reason for the change? According to BusinessKorea,

It is believed that Samsung tries to not only check Apple, which threatens its number one position in global smartphone market share, but also capture consumers before the release of the iPhone 6S in Sept.

The report goes on to also confirm that the Galaxy Note 5 will be joined by the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus at the event, with Samsung eager to release both to the market before Apple has even announced its new devices. Both smartphones will bear resemblance both the Galaxy Note 4 (in size) and Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge (in design and specs) as Samsung aims to deliver an unique big-screen smartphone experience.

 Based on previous leaks, it’s suggested that the Galaxy Note 5 will have a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and will be powered by an Exynos 7422 processor with 4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB storage and a 16MP rear camera with OIS. The Note 5 will also gain a redesigned S-Pen stylus that will more closely resemble an actual pen and this will be one of the biggest differences between the Note 5 and the S6 Edge Plus as the latter won’t come with the S-Pen.

Instead of making this year’s large curved screen phablet a successor to the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung have modelled the handset after the Galaxy S6 Edge. As such, the curved phablet will have a dual curved display and very similar specs to the Note 5 save for a slightly inferior Exynos 7420 processor and 3GB RAM (instead of 4GB).

Both smartphones look set to launch in just a few short weeks in New York and Samsung will likely have a few more surprises in store for us (as the company always does). Its first round screen smartwatch – the Samsung Gear A – is expected to be one of the products announced alongside the two handsets and is likely to run on the company’s Tizen platform, including an all-new UI designed for round devices.

What do you think of the latest information on the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? Will you be buying one? What’s your opinion on Samsung decision to bring the launch forward? Let us know your views down below guys!ds

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