Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6 Edge+: which line is Samsung's future?

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As the dust slowly settles around the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, we've been asking questions about why Samsung would launch two virtually identical smartphones. With only the S Pen and a curved screen separating them, wouldn't a Galaxy Note 5 Edge have been the better choice? Do both of these phones have a future? Or will Samsung ditch one in favor of the other?

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Samsung has already told us that the Note 5 won't come to Europe because of research it conducted on how popular the S Pen is in Europe. We can only assume that means there won't be any more Note devices in Europe ever. But is abandoning the Note 5 in Europe the first step to abandoning it elsewhere too? Or is the S6 Edge+ a test device that may never see a successor?

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If we look at the possibilities we can see four very different futures for Samsung: either get back to its roots and focus on the Note line as its premium large-screened phone; ditch the Note line in favor of a larger version of its curved-screen flagship; combine the two in a future Galaxy Note 6 Edge; or continue to offer the two devices side-by-side in different markets.

Was it a mistake to make the exact same phone with an S Pen and Air Command menu on one hand and a curved screen and Edge features on the other? We have our opinions, but we want to know where you think Samsung's future lies: with two devices, one device or the other, or a model that combines them both?  

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  • Noah Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm leaning more towards screen size, processor speed, battery life more than stylus pen.

  • Subof Aug 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I suppose time will only tell,

    I personally believe that Samsung is going for different target groups with these different series,

    As for the Note series for Business people
    S Series after that maybe the affordable/sometimes bit expensive sometimes when bought new -
    A series - cheaper than the S series I suppose
    J series - Budget smartphones?

  • Arpit Saini Aug 20, 2015 Link to comment

    I would never recommend samsung to kill off any of the series.

    The note series brought Samsung a lot more returns than the S series (since 2013). Although its true that hardly anyone ever uses the S pen, that 1% time when you actually need it, its the greatest feature for you.
    I live in the middle east and i can say that every 2/3 Arabs here own both an iPhone and a samsung note. When I worked as a salesman temporarily, i decided to research and found out that they preferred the note over S series because the screen looked bigger and nothing gives better appeal in front of others (to them) that a big screen. They also love the note for the battery life.

    As for the s6edge+, Im pretty sure they did it to combat the iphone6+ sales. People preferred the ip6+ over the s6 edge because the screen was bigger. So with the s6edge+ I think people would definitely prefer it because of the better appeal.

    (please no hate. I know middleeast market is not even 10% of total)

    • Ilias Jumadilov Aug 23, 2015 Link to comment

      Agree with the comment above. I have used stylus may be few percent of time but sometimes its usage came critical

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