New documents published online by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal that the Sprint variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus have made their way to the commission.
A pair of the devices with the model numbers SM-N920P and SM-G928P, which are believed to the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus respectively, have passed through the FCC. The P at the end of the model number indicates that these devices are configured specifically for Sprint, as the wireless carrier has been attaching the letter P to the end of its model numbers for all its recent Samsung devices.
The documents show label images for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, as well as the list of frequency bands that will be tested for Sprint's network, indicating that Samsung is nearing a launch for its latest devices, following the passing of the Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile variants for both handsets last week.
The latest reports claim the pair of smartphones could be officially unveiled on August 12 instead of at IFA in Berlin in September, as Samsung reportedly wants to get out from under the shadow of the looming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are expected to be unveiled in September. The launch of the Samsung smartphones into the market is expected to be on August 14 or 21, which should give them a bit of traction before the new iPhones steal the limelight.
The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to come with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, which is the same size as its predecessor Galaxy Note 4. It is rumored to run on the same six-core Snapdragon 808 SoC that powers the older phablet, although later reports claim Samsung has ultimately turned to its homegrown Exynos 7420 chipset that powers the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is reportedly a bigger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, with a display size also of 5.7 inches. Instead of a deep curve on one side of the screen, the handset is said to have two shallow curves on each side. The latest reports say the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus could either run on a Snapdragon 808 or an Exynos 7422 SoC from Samsung. It reportedly will have 3 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera capable of shooting 4K video paired with a 5 MP front shooter, 32 GB of internal storage, and a large 3,220 mAh battery.
Unfortunately, the phone is not slated to have Samsung's highly acclaimed S-Pen, which should be available for the Galaxy Note 5, or a microSD slot and removable battery.
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