NEW YORK CITY—Today Samsung took the wraps off the newest devices in its phablet lineup: The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Like when Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the two devices are pretty much identical internally, just in "flat" and "curved" versions. The extra twist this time is that one is a "Note" and one is an "S6"—only the Note has an S-Pen. If you wanted a fully-loaded option—a curved screen phone with an S-Pen—it looks like you're out of luck.
As usual the Galaxy Note series is very much a "tick" to the Galaxy S series' "tock." The Note 5/Edge+ takes most of its design cues and materials from the Galaxy S6—it's a glass sandwich with rounded, metal sides. Also like the S6, the glass back isn't removable and Samsung is forgoing the Micro SD card and removable battery that many Samsung fans have grown to love over the years.
The Galaxy S6 has been a particularly good option this year since it isn't saddled with Qualcomm's uncharacteristically-weak Snapdragon 810 SoC. Samsung's Exynos 7420 SoC in the Galaxy S6 was faster and cooler than the 810—it felt like Samsung's SoC made a generational leap this year while Qualcomm stood still.