The latest rumor regarding the Galaxy Note 5 suggests we may see the handset as early as August 12. Citing sources familiar with Samsung's plans, SamMobile and DigiTimes are stating that the Galaxy Note 5 will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S6 edge Plus (marketed as the S6 edge+) in New York on August 12, with retail availability scheduled for August 21.
SamMobile notes that the manufacturer will launch its payment service — Samsung Pay — in the US along with the handsets. As far as the devices are concerned, the Note 5 will reportedly not feature a microSD card slot, with the phone set to follow the same design ethos as the Galaxy S6. The 5.7-inch handset will be offered in four color variants — silver, gold, black and white — and will allegedly feature a glass back along with thin bezels at the front. On the hardware front, the Note 5 will offer 4GB RAM, becoming the first Samsung handset to do so.
Also undergoing a redesign is the S Pen, which will reportedly look and feel similar to an actual pen. The stylus will match the color of the handset.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is said to be a larger variant of the Galaxy S6 edge, featuring a dual-curved 5.7-inch QHD display. Earlier rumors stated that the device would be running Snapdragon 808, but SamMobile mentions that the device will be powered by the Exynos 7420. Other specs include 3GB RAM, with storage options set to be the same as that of the Galaxy S6.
The accelerated timeline is said to aid Samsung in turning its profits around during the latter half of 2015. What are your thoughts on a mid-August launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+?