Samsung is widely considered the king of Android smartphones, for the moment anyway. Its large Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are the go-to high-end Android smartphones, and its massive Galaxy Note is the standard for "phablets" (phone + tablet, or very large smartphones).
In fact, Samsung was so successful with its large phones that it even forced Apple to abandon its traditional smartphone size and release the supersized iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That move was a success for Apple, but Samsung isn't about to be outdone.
Samsung just doubled down on the large smartphone trend at the Galaxy Unpacked event where it unveiled the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Let's take a look at what they bring to the table.
The Note5 is a huge upgrade to the existing Note 4. While the screen size stays the same at 5.7-inches, the Note5 takes its design cues from the Galaxy S6. That means metal instead of plastic, a curved back and, to the ire of many, no removable battery or SD card slot.
However, the internal components are more powerful than the Note4, with the same 8-core processor from the S6, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a 16 megapixel camera and wireless charging. The home button is also a one-touch fingerprint sensor.
In all, it's not a surprising upgrade for the Note line. What is a little more surprising is Samsung's decision to release the Galaxy S6 edge+.
The S6 edge+ takes the design of the original S6 edge, with its 5.1-inch screen, and expands it to the Note's 5.7 inches. Outside of the different design, the S6 edge+ uses the same internal parts as the Note5. So instead of being cousins, the two phones are now almost fraternal twins.
The big difference between the two is that the S6 edge+ has the curved screen that gives it the edges that inspire its name, and it's geared toward enjoying multimedia. The Note5, on the other hand, retains its multiwindow mode and integrated S Pen stylus for better productivity.
The S6 edge+ is also the more expensive of the two, costing $768 to the Note5's $696 (those are unlocked prices; the actual price varies by carrier and plan). Until this point, the Note has always been Samsung's most expensive phone, so this is an interesting move.
If you're interested in either, you can pre-order today and shipping starts August 21. Not sure if you're interested? Check out how they stack up the competition in our Phablet Comparison Chart.
Also, you can watch the introduction videos: