WEIRD: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 & S6 edge+ leaked [u]

Phablet phandroids rejoice, but why bother with two near-identical devices?

More Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ details leak: The new Korean flagships are due to get their release date announced later this month. But we already have confirmation of the specs rumors.

So here's the obvious question: Why would Samsung release two phablets with almost-identical specs?

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers try to figure it out. Not to mention: The Russian Woodpecker of Chernobyl...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
[Updated 2:40pm PDT with more comment and analysis]

Evan "evleaks" Blass leaks specs and the pic above:

Samsung Noble (SM-N920/self-reported): Exynos 7420 SoC (4x2.1GHz+4x1.5GHz), 5.66" 2560x1440, 4GB/32GB, 16MP/5MP, 5.1.1, no SD.  MORE

Huh? Octavian Gensthaler translates thuswise:

According to the serial leakster Evan Blass, the device will pack a 5.66-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560×1440...and an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (four cores are clocked at 2.1GHz whereas the other four cores at 1.5GHz)...4GB of microSD card...Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running out of the box, and an impressive 16-megapixel primary shooter [and] 5-megapixel frontal camera.

We also have an image of what the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ will look like.  

But Collen Kriel doesn't see any new news here:

If those details look familiar, it is because there is nothing new revealed by this leak. .... More the image.

The two devices are more or less the same size, confirming a few of the rumors about the Galaxy S6 edge+ doing the rounds. Also Samsung’s S-Pen stylus.

Samsung is expected to unveil the two devices at a special Unpacked event scheduled to take place on August 13 at 11 am EDT.  MORE

However, Dante D'Orazio d'oezn't care: [You're fired -Ed.]

This isn't the first time we've seen these two heavily-rumored devices, but it's certainly our best look yet. The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus looks exactly like what its name suggests...a bigger S6 Edge. The Note 5, meanwhile, looks like it shares...the Galaxy S6's handsome metal-and-glass design, though it has slightly sharper corners.  MORE

So Rita El Khoury tells us why the leak matters:

"It isn't a real smartphone leak until we see press renders of the device by Evan Blass," that's how the saying goes, doesn't it? 

The image confirms what we have already seen, more than once, of both devices. They'll have the same screen size, at 5.7" with a 2K resolution, and will likely be decked with an Exynos processor (though there's a rumor the S6 Edge Plus may run a Snapdragon).

A fingerprint sensor on the home button is almost a given. ... The Note 5 will continue the family tradition of carrying an S-Pen, and the S6 Edge Plus will have the curved screen of its smaller brother. Both devices have already cleared the FCC.  MORE

Meanwhile, Chuck Neighbors is confused by branding:

It seems kind of odd to make a Galaxy S phone the same large size as a Galaxy Note phablet. Size had been the main distinguishing feature.

It seems to suggest that the Note designation is being phased out and the larger Galaxy S will be called a Plus.  MORE

And Kelly Bezzerides is simply HORRIFIED:

Why does Samsung continue to make their flagship device with NO REMOVABLE BATTERY & NO SD CARD?  MORE

For a similarly ranty rant, let's say a big "g'day" to abrasion:

No SD, No [replaceable] Batt, No IR Blaster, No USB-C. "Flagship" phone in late 2015? and presumably super expensive to boot, lol - nope!

I've never used an IR Blaster but it sounds cool, why add to S6 and ditch again? ****ing idiots.  MORE

Update: Manish Singh counts the pennies:

Samsung has slashed the retail price of its flagship smartphones -- the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge...launched just four months ago.

Samsung notes that this year’s smartphones made only “marginal” impact on its profits. [And] that it will be “adjusting the price” of both smartphones while also introducing new smartphones...on August 13.

Samsung, the biggest Android player, has repeatedly overpriced its smartphones. The company’s absurd pricing has made it irrelevant in the cut-throat smartphone market.  MORE

And Finally...
The Russian Woodpecker of Chernobyl

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