A rumor has been circulating that Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than usual this year. Instead of debuting at IFA in Berlin sometime in September, it looks like the device will make its first appearance in mid-August. Well, now we have dates. SamMobile seems pretty confident that the Note 5 will get announced on August 12th before hitting store shelves on the 21st. And it won't be alone. The rumored Galaxy S6 Edge+ is apparently coming along for the ride.

Despite the differences in name, think of both devices as larger versions of the S6 and S6 Edge. Neither will have microSD card slots, and the Note 5 will reportedly have an extremely thin screen bezel, just like the recently-announced Galaxy A8. Build quality will more closely resemble this year's flagship rather than last year's Note.


The Galaxy A8. This year's Note will reportedly have similarly thin bezels.

Both the Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ will be powered by an Exynos 7420 processor. The latter comes with 3GB of RAM, while the former will raise the bar with 4GB instead. Both will come with a 5.67-inch Super AMOLED QHD display.

SamMobile says North America and several countries in Asia—including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea—will see the Galaxy Note 5 hit store shelves in August. Samsung Europe and Russia, on the other hand, don't seem intent on releasing the handset that soon. That's not to say it won't come to these regions at all. There's the possibility of worldwide availability sometime in October, like usual, or any point after that. Here in the US, we wouldn't be surprised to see carriers slow things down. Of course, we have to wait for concrete information. Presumably news will come August 12th.