Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   26 April

Samsung presents Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5

YEREVAN, AUGUST 14, ARMENPRESS. Samsung has announced two new large high-end Android handsets: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. Armenpress reports, referring to “BBC News”, that both phones have 5.7in (14.5cm) screens and are going on sale earlier in the year than their previous generations. The launches follow five successive falls in Samsung Electronics' quarterly profits.

Analysts say the popularity of mid-range phones from Chinese rivals, and Apple's shift to bigger iPhones, have dented demand for Samsung's devices. However, the firm remains the world leader in terms of overall smartphone shipments. The announcements were made at a press conference in New York.

The company also revealed that its smart wallet service, Samsung Pay - which allows the phones to trigger payment card transactions - would go live in South Korea on 20 August. That service will be extended to the US on 28 September and then to the UK and Spain at an unspecified date. Like previous versions of the Note, the new version comes with a stylus - which Samsung says makes it suitable for productivity tasks. But the phone now has metal edges and a glass back to give it a more "premium" feel. In a change of strategy, the South Korean firm has no plans at present to release the Note 5 in Europe - a decision it says is purely for marketing reasons. One company-watcher said that could be a mistake.

"The Note would have been a good fit for Europe's enterprise market, and if Samsung expects the S6 Edge+ to attract the same business users I don't believe it will succeed," commented Francisco Jeronimo from market research firm IDC. Unlike last year, there is no "edge" edition of the Note.

The new phones go on sale on 21 August.

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