Samsung Unveils Two New Smartphones

By Katie Roof Mobile FOXBusiness


Samsung Electronics unveiled two new smartphones in New York on Thursday: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note5. These Android devices (GOOGL) are already available for preorder at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday and will retail in the United States on August 21.

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Both phones have screens that are 5.7 inches, larger than the 5.5 inch iPhone 6+, Apple’s (AAPL) largest phone. The Samsung phones are also slightly lighter, with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ weighing in at 153 grams (5.4 ounces) and the Note5 at 171 grams (6 ounces), compared to the iPhone 6+ which weighs 172 grams (6.1 ounces).



The Note5 features a curved back, which makes it easier to hold with one hand. And the Galaxy S6 has a curved screen, for a more life-like multimedia experience.

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The devices have a 16 megapixel camera, and a front-facing camera. They are available with either 32 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes of storage, and have 4 gigabytes of RAM.

Both will be available in black sapphire and there will also be a gold platinum version for the Edge Plus and White Pearl for the Note 5. Samsung Pay, the company’s version of Apple Pay(AAPL) will launch in the U.S. on September 28, enabling users to swipe their phone instead of a physical credit card at retailers with NFC or magnetic secure transmission readers.

Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular will carry the devices. At AT&T, the Galaxy Note 5 starts at $739.99 and the S6 Edge+ starts at $814.99.

The company also touted its built-in wireless charging capability, meaning that the phones can charge without cords when placed on a charging platform, which is sold separately. Samsung is also selling a separate attachable keyboard, for those who prefer typing to touchscreens.

Samsung teased its new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear 2, which had a round interface. It is expected to be unveiled on September 3.

Samsung is the global smartphone leader, with 24.6% of the marketshare in the first quarter of this year, according to IDC. The South Korean company is publicly traded on the Korea Exchange.