There have been plenty of rumors circulating in the past month or so about a large version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which some have taken to calling the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. A little over a week ago, a leaked image appeared online and Korean media sources seemed to back up the claim that a larger handset is indeed under development, possibly with an August release.
The latest rumors hint at a 5.7-inch display, complete with the dual curved edge display of the Galaxy S6 Edge. Previously a 5.5-inch model had been rumored. Furthermore, SamMobile suggests that the handset will ship with Android 5.1.1 out of the box and that the smartphone will arrive in Q3 2015. We have already seen an early build of Android 5.1.1 running on the Galaxy S6, so a newer version of Android seems quite likely for Samsung’s upcoming smartphones.
In further developments, a new trademark for a Samsung handset has just been spotted in South Korea, which points to a product called the S6 Note. Although the trademark doesn’t contain any hardware details, the Note nametag suggests that this is a larger handset. It’s possible that the S6 Edge Plus’ actual name could end up being the Galaxy S6 Note.
If true, this all has particularly interesting implications for Samsung’s much anticipated Galaxy Note 5. Given the S6 Note trademark and rumored August / Q3 release date, there is looking to be a major cross-over between these two large phones which could cause major confusion. Unless, they are somehow linked? Perhaps a new naming scheme is in the works for the Note series?
Alternatively, rumors have previously hinted that Samsung was worried about causing confusion between the Note 5 and this larger S6 handset, leading to speculative suggestions that Samsung could be prepared to increase the size of the Note 5.
Regardless, the larger smartphone is expected to launch sometime in the third quarter of the year. I’m sure that the picture will become a little clearer before then.