Reports have surfaced that Samsung is readying to unveil follow up versions of its Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy Note 4 devices later this year. And these upcoming new devices will reportedly feature larger display screens and even some new components, which should give them significant upgrades over their predecessors.
Rumored to be called the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and the Galaxy Note 5, respectively, these two new devices are said to be unveiled during this year’s IFA Conference (Internationale Funkausstellung), which will be held in Berlin, Germany this coming September later this year, as reported by Sammobile.
According to the report, the upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will feature a 5.7 inch display screen, which is way bigger than the current 5.1 inch screen sported by the current Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge devices. As for the new Galaxy Note 5, it will similarly come with a 5.7 inch display screen, plus Samsung’s own S Pen technology (stylus-style digital pen).
If these reports turn out to be true, then we can conclude that Samsung really is trying to up the ante of its mobile division. And its smartphone business really needs some help. When the South Korean mobile manufacturer introduced its Galaxy S6 and its curvy sibling Galaxy S6 Edge handsets to the masses in April earlier this year, the devices were met with acclaim from mobile experts, and even garnered some strong demand from initial buyers. But as it turned out, sales for the new devices were not that good. As a matter of fact, just this week, Samsung revealed that it was expecting declining operating profits in the second quarter of this year (the seventh straight quarter the company has suffered decreasing profit figures).
Mobile devices make up about two thirds of Samsung’s profits, and its smartphone sales has been hit hard lately due in part to increasingly tough competition, not only from its chief rival Apple, but also from surging Chinese phone makers like Xiaomi and Huawei, which are currently eating away at Samsung’s market share by introducing affordable but feature heavy smartphones.
Aiming to be more efficient in its smartphone business, Samsung has vowed to reduce the number of devices that it would be offering in 2015 and instead focus on a few high profile smartphone offerings, like its Galaxy line of products. Introducing a new Galaxy S device and a new Galaxy Note phone certainly aligns with that tactic.
Increased display screen size notwithstanding, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will retain the design of its predecessor the Galaxy S6 Edge, which means that customers can expect the same display screen that curves to both sides. It is said to be equipped with a 16 megapixel camera on the rear, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with 32 gigabytes of internal memory, and the Android 5.1.1 mobile operating system.
As for the Galaxy Note 5, it is speculated that the device will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7422 processor, a first of its kind chip that combines the CPU and GPU for optimum and super efficient processing performance.
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