Device has dual-edge display and will be available in UK from September 4
Samsung has launched a larger version of its popular S6 edge handset, the S6 edge+ at an event in London.
The 5.7 inch comes with the same dual-edge display technology found on the S6 edge, which was launched at Mobile World Congress in March.
It has a combined glass and metal in a unibody design. It is powered by an Exynos 64-bit octa-core processor and comes with 4GB of RAM, according to the Korean manufacturer.
It features 4K filming and a new Live Broadcast service which lets users instantly live stream Full HD video straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or through YouTube Live.
It also includes Samsung’s wireless charging solution, which can fully charge the device in around 120 minutes.
“The launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ combines the world’s first dual edge display with a range of intuitive features and a large, vivid screen,” said Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland president Andy Griffiths. “With this device, we’re re-emphasising our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of today’s consumers.”
Like the S6, it comes with a 16MP camera and runs on Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), but with an improved 3,000mAh battery.
The S6 edge+ will be available for pre-order from the August 18, with the device going on sale in the UK from September 4. Samsung did not disclose pricing.
O2 has already announced that it will be stocking the new device in both Platinum Gold and Sapphire Black when they go on sales on September 4.
At the event, Samsung also announced plans to bring its payment service Samsung Pay to the UK in the near future.
The manufacturer recently struck an agreement with MAsterCard to launch the service across the EMEA region, and it confirmed the UK will be on of the places that has access to Pay.
Samsung Pay uses Near Field Communications and Magnetic Secure Transmission technologies to allow Samsung Galaxy owners to user their phone to make payments.
It uses the fingerprint scanner found on the S6 range of phones, including the new S6 edge+, as well as Samsung’s KNOX software, to help protect user bank details.
Powa Technologies is an eCommerce firm that works with the likes of Vodafone. It’s CEO Dan Wagner called the launch of Samsung Pay a “step forward” for the international mobile payment market.
“Samsung launching into competition with Apple Pay demonstrates how two of the largest tech leaders in the world are putting mobile payment as a major priority,” he added.
“Samsung’s inclusion of magnetic strip recognition alongside Near Field Communication (NFC) puts it ahead of Apple Pay, bringing more versatility for users and merchants alike – especially in markets where magnetic strip readers are still the main payment method.
“However, both solutions still lack the cutting edge needed to fully meet user demand. With consumers’ shopping habits constantly evolving, now is the time to rethink the entire shopping experience and break free from the reliance on point-of-sale terminals and queues.
“What shoppers and merchants alike really want is a cross-channel payment method that allows transactions to take place anywhere, at anytime, from a range of mediums. Until this level of freedom is achieved, mobile payments will remain more of an added bonus than the must-have feature the industry needs.”