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The Galaxy Note 5 isn’t coming to the UK, and here’s why

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Samsung finally unveiled its Galaxy Note 5, but it appears that some bad news has been swept under the proverbial rug.

It turns out that the long-awaited successor to the Note 4 won’t be coming to the UK after all.

All other entries to the Galaxy Note line-up have launched in the UK, so it’s a shame the latest addition to the series won't be.

We asked Samsung why the UK won’t be receiving its new handset, and this was the response:

“The market availability of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 will vary according to consumer needs and the specific market situation,” a Samsung spokesperson tells TrustedReviews.

“The Galaxy Note 5 will be introduced in the US and Asian markets in August, and Samsung will look at further opportunities to launch Galaxy Note 5 in other markets.”

The spokesperson continues: “With the launch of the original Galaxy Note series in 2011, we created a whole new category that set a new industry standard, which all others have followed. For our European customers, Samsung’s portfolio will be centred on the Galaxy S6 Edge, which we feel better caters to the market’s needs.”

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Note 5 vs S6 Edge+

It’s likely that Samsung feels its S6 Edge+ has the best shot of de-throning the long-rumoured iPhone 6s Plus, which looks set to launch in September.

Apple dominated the western smartphone market last year with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but a curved-screen phablet could be Samsung’s saving grace.

It’s also worth noting that the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ have almost identical spec sheets.

If anything, the S6 Edge+ is arguably the better handset on paper. The only differences between the handsets are that the S6 Edge+ has a dual-edge screen, weighs 18g less and is 0.7mm thinner. The Note 5 does have a stylus, mind.

Fortunately, you’ll be able to grab the S6 Edge+ in the UK from September, so you won't have to wait too long for a new Samsung phablet.

Tell us your thoughts on Samsung’s decision to skip over the UK with the Note 5 in the comments section.

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