The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn’t the only new Galaxy flagship on the way. Samsung’s also confirmed the arrival of the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that will accompany the Galaxy Note 5 to shelves. Here, we take a look at everything there is to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date for the U.S. and other markets.
In the weeks leading up to Samsung’s Unpacked launch event, we heard that the company would be announcing two new smartphones. One, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a predictable successor to the Galaxy Note 4, and a device that would come with a ton of new features. The other, a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, a device that Samsung released back in April.
As it turns out, these rumors were very accurate. On stage, Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note 5 release and it also confirmed the release of a new phone called Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. It’s not a true Galaxy Note Edge successor but it does feature a curved display.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is official and it will be coming to shelves in the United States in the near future. As expected, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a number of enticing features including a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP and 5MP cameras, Android 5.1 Lollipop, and a 3,000 mAh battery. In may ways, it’s similar to the Galaxy Note 5. This includes its release date.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date is confirmed and it will be coming soon for consumers in the United States. With a Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date confirmed, we want to breakdown the important details that prospective buyers need to keep in mind as pre-orders begin and as the release date inches closer.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Release Date
The first Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date will land on August 21st, same day that the Galaxy Note 5 will land in the United States.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+ is expected to touch down for North American, Asian, and European markets in late August. This is a little bit different than the Galaxy Note 5 which is hyper-focused on U.S., Canada, and Asia.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will go up for pre-order in the United Kingdom in the near future (August 18th) and it will be released there on September 4th. The latter date falls just five days before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at its own launch event.
AT&T Galaxy S6 Edge+
AT&T has confirmed plans to release the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in August and it will release it alongside the Galaxy Note 5 on August 21st.
The carrier will begin taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ today at 3PM EST which means that we only have a few hours to go before it’s on sale.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be more expensive than the Galaxy Note 5. AT&T will be charging $300 for a 32GB model and $400 for a 64GB on-contract. AT&T will charge $814.99 for the 32GB without a contract and $914.99 without a contract.
It’s also worth mentioning that AT&T recently increased its activation fee for two-year contracts to $45. The carrier’s also added a $15 AT&T Next upgrade fee.
Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge+
The Sprint Galaxy S6 Edge+ release date is also confirmed for August 21st. This is the same day Sprint will release the Galaxy Note 5 on its network.
Sprint, like AT&T, will begin taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ today at 3PM EST which means that those interested in a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge can put in an order for early release. Sprint says pre-orders will begin shipping out tomorrow.
The carrier’s also confirmed a few other details that prospective Galaxy S6 Edge+ buyers need to know about before committing to the phone:
A guaranteed $200 minimum credit when they trade in a working smartphone.
Early upgrade at 12 months.
Free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 with activation and a new two-year service agreement.
Sprint will be charging $350/$450 on-contract for the 32GB and 64GB models and $792 (32GB) and $888 (64GB) for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ off-contract.
T-Mobile Galaxy S6 Edge+
T-Mobile will be releasing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ on August 21st. It, like the others, will be releasing the Galaxy Note 5 early ahead of the iPhone 6s release.
The company won’t be offering the Galaxy S6 Edge+ on-contract and it won’t require any money down for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ ahead of its release.
U.S. Cellular Galaxy S6 Edge+
U.S. Cellular is confirmed to have a Galaxy S6 Edge+ release in the works but we don’t have any details just yet. Our guess is that it will be released in and around the Galaxy Note 5’s release date on August 21st with pricing that’s a little more expensive than the Galaxy Note 5.
Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge+
The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ release is confirmed and it will be taking pre-orders ahead of should be an August 21st release date.
The 32GB Verizon Galaxy S6 Edge+ off-contract will be $768 while the 64GB model will be $864. You’ll also be able to pay $32 per month for 24 months for the 32GB version or $36 per month for 24 months for the 64GB version.
If you’re looking to buy a Galaxy S6 Edge+ on a smaller pre-paid or regional carrier in the United States, you’re out of luck right now. The device is currently limited to the five major carriers and we don’t expect that to change in the future.
In addition to these carrier locations, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available at a number of retailers in the United States including Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, Amazon, BestBuy.com, Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and select Walmart stores. Pricing will vary from carrier to carrier, retailer to retailer, so be sure to take note of this before you buy.
Galaxy S6 Edge+ Hands-on
Those of you interested in going hands on with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ in the days before its release will be able to. Starting tomorrow, 7,000 participating AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Samsung Experience Shops inside Best Buy locations will start showcasing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ on shelves.
Unfortunately, not every store will have the Galaxy S6 Edge+ out on display so you’ll want to head here to make sure that your local stores have it available before heading down to check it out.