Samsung has filed for the Galaxy S6 edge+ trademark with the US Patents and Trademarks Office, indicating that the company is planning to release a larger version of its flagship smartphone. This new device is expected to reach phablet size, and will likely end up existing alongside the upcoming Galaxy Note 5.
There has been little news from Samsung about its next generation Galaxy Note 5, and this new filing could explain why. It appears that Samsung intends to fill the gap between the 5-inch Galaxy S6 edge and the larger Galaxy Note series with this particular device.
Rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will switch to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor instead of the Exynos 7420 in the current Galaxy S6 edge. These rumours also claim that the larger size will allow for a larger 3,000 mAh battery. A larger battery wouldn’t be too surprising, considering that this is precisely what happens with the Galaxy Note series. However, that doesn’t always translate into longer life due to the higher power demand from the larger display.
In other news, Samsung’s Q2 profits are down 24-percent year on year. The company is expected to post profits of between 3.1 trillion (about RM10.4 billion) to 3.4 trillion won (About RM11.4 billion) for the second quarter of 2015, although the good news is that it is up 22-percent from the first quarter.
Brisk sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have been unable to return Samsung to the kind of profits it has become used to seeing. The South Korean company has faced increasing competition from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Oppo since last year, and has yet been struggling to regain the dominance it once had.