SAMSUNG HAS ANNOUNCED that it has no plans to release the Galaxy Note 5 in the UK, so those after a big-screened smartphone from the firm are likely to have their sights set on the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Essentially a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress, the S6 Edge+ ups the ante with a larger 5.7in display, more RAM and a bigger battery. There's also some added dual-display functionality in the form of Samsung's new 'Apps Edge' feature.
We've gone hands-on with the Galaxy S6 Edge to see whether it's a worthy Galaxy Note 5 replacement, or whether you should start considering an iPhone 6 Plus.
Dumping the leather-clad case seen on last year's Galaxy Note 4, thankfully, Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S6 Edge+ with the same metal and glass design that debuted on the Galaxy S6, complete with a fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ undoubtedly feels more premium than last year's model, but it's a little too shiny for our taste.
In terms of size, the S6 Edge+ is 154x76x6.9mm, making it skinnier than the original S6 Edge despite its upgraded features. It's much lighter than it looks, too, at a mere 153g. However, there's no denying that it's a hefty device, and we struggled to hold it comfortably with one hand.
Another slight gripe is the handset's ability to pick up dirt. After holding the handset for just a few minutes a Samsung rep prompted us to clean it before taking any more pictures, as the handset's glossy 'champagne' covered rear was almost entirely smudged by fingerprints, somewhat cheapening its look.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ features a 5.7in 2440x1560 QHD Super AMOLED display, complete with the same dual-edge experience seen on its smaller sibling.
With a pixel density of 518ppi, less than the original S6 Edge's 577ppi, the display is stunning to look at, delivering crisp text and images, vibrant colours and great viewing angles, added to by the unusual dual-screen that wraps around the side of the handset.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the same 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7 processor as found in the original Galaxy S6 Edge.
We've yet to put the Galaxy S6 Edge+ fully through its paces, but we have no complaints when it comes to performance. Apps loaded quickly, the camera was impressively fast to open, and general swiping and prodding proved as slick as you would expect.
Just as the processor hasn't seen an upgrade, you'll find a near identical software experience on the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The handset arrives running Android 5.1 Lollipop topped with Samsung's new-and-improved TouchWiz user interface that removes a lot of the bloatware found on last year's Galaxy S6 Edge.
There's still a handful of Samsung's own apps pre-loaded, such as S Health, S Voice and (sigh) Galaxy Apps, and the firm told us that Samsung Pay will arrive on the handset in the near future. You'll also find a folder of Microsoft apps, including Word and Skype.
Samsung has added more dual-display functionality to the S6 Edge+ in the form of Apps Edge, an app launcher for favourite and frequently used apps. It's a welcome addition to the handset, but we're not sure it will prove much quicker than loading apps directly from the home screen or aps tray.
Given the handset's large screen, Samsung has also included a one-handed mode, similar to that found on the iPhone 6 Plus, although we found this a little fiddly to use.
Despite its 5.7in display, however, it doesn't come with Samsung's S Pen stylus which is reserved for the Galaxy Note Range.
The Galaxy Note Edge+ features an identical camera set-up to the original S6 Edge. There's a 16MP f/1.9 sensor with optical image stabilisation, and a 5MP camera on the front.
As well as being super quick to load, the camera shoots images very quickly. Photo quality is, on first impressions, as impressive as those shot on the original Galaxy S6 Edge, and pictures look gorgeous on the QHD screen.
Samsung has loaded its latest dual-display-equipped handset with some features not found on the smaller version. It has a Periscope-style live streaming feature that allows you to broadcast video straight to YouTube, explaining why the launch event was 98 percent 'vloggers'.
There's also digital stabilisation for video recording, and a new 'series' function for video that automatically stiches different, shorter clips together in Vine-style.
Battery life and storage
The Galaxy Note Edge+ features a 3,000mAh battery, larger than the 2,600mAh unit inside its predecessor. We've yet to test this, but we'll be sure to do so in our full review. Like the original, there's support for wireless and fast charging, and Samsung claims that you can juice the device to full in less than 90 minutes.
There's no microSD slot on the Galaxy S6 Edge+, news that will no doubt put off some. It's available only with 32GB or 64GB built-in storage too, despite the original having a 128GB model.
Many will be disappointed that the Galaxy Note 5 isn't coming to the UK (yet, at least) but the Galaxy S6 Edge+ should make the news easier to swallow. It lacks S Pen functionality, but does offer Samsung's dual-display experience, and comes with identical specifications to its non-UK bound sibling.
Check back soon for our full Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review, and check out our video of the device below. µ