There has been considerable talk among the rumor circles of a follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Called the S6 Plus, the device is less a formal sequel than it is a slightly larger variant. As time has gone by, leaks began to appear of the device itself which looks almost identical to the progenitor but with extremely minor modifications to the design such as a bottom microphone to the left of the USB port.
Today we have our first potential proof of the device’s existence courtesy of a filing at the USPTO:
The Plus has literally been stylized as the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Before everyone gets excited, it’s important to point out that these kinds of filings happen on an regular basis and may not be indicative of anything more than a desire for brand protection. Samsung itself was recently discovered to have filed for trademark protection another potent name: the Galaxy S6 Note, though nothing has surfaced product-wise.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is said to be 5.4 inches, 5.5 inches or 5.7 inches, and ship with Android 5.1.1 when it (supposedly) launches in Q3. It may be the rumored Project Zero 2 that has been discussed as of late, which goes by the model number SM-G928 but ships with a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU, 32GB of memory, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5mp front, as well as includes a 3,000 mAh battery and slightly larger dimensions than the S6 Edge (9mm taller and 3mm wider).
Some have begun to claim that Samsung might be prepping this device for the sole benefit of having a new product to go head-to-head with the iPhone 6S Plus, or the rumored premium product rival LG is said to be planning. Given the lack of Note Edge-esque features on the S6 Edge, the larger screen size is of questionable usefulness save for the coolness factor, an issue compounded when considering that the Galaxy Note 5 will presumably launch around the same time.
Still, assuming the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comes to be, it would be the first time Samsung has released a mainstream flagship phablet: the Note series is generally accepted as appealing to a different audience, namely those consumers interested in productivity. A move like this could be a bold step to try and make the phablet form more accessible to those who want one without the extra bells and whistles (and at times, bulk) of the Note mainstay.
Special thanks to Michel at galaxyclub.nl for the tip!