Samsung super-sizes us with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5

— 10:02 AM on August 13, 2015

Samsung went big this morning at an event in New York City. The company updated its flagship phablet with the Galaxy Note 5, and it also introduced a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, appropriately called the Galaxy S6 Edge+.

The Galaxy Note 5, seen at right above, is the productivity-oriented member of the family. It gets a lot of design DNA from the Galaxy S6 series. Its body is now built with the same sort of metal-and-glass frame as the S6. New software tricks let owners write on the device's screen with the included pen even when the screen is off. An improved screen capture feature lets users grab entire webpages, like a list of Google Maps directions, with a single tap.

Samsung also showed off a "keyboard cover" that recalls the heyday of the BlackBerry, if typing on a physical keyboard is your thing.

If the Note 5 is the buttoned-down business device of this duo, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the stylish clubgoer. The bigger display versus the regular S6 Edge is the marquee feature, but Edge+ owners will also be able to stream their most memorable moments directly to YouTube by way of the included camera app.

Both devices have 5.7" 2560x1440 AMOLED displays, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and improved cameras with better software image stabilization and 4K video recording. The company didn't talk about SoC specs, though. Samsung has also improved the wireless charging capabillities in these devices: it claims that a full charge takes just two hours, one hour less than its previous generation of wireless-charging-enabled phones. 

The Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ can be pre-ordered today, and they'll arrive in stores on August 21.

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