Ahead of Apple’s iPhone 7 launch this year, Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ at an event held in New York. The announcement came much earlier than expected, along with the news of Samsung Pay coming to Australia in 2016.

The newly announced Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ boast of 5.7-inch sized display and both will arrive fuelled by Samsung’s Exynos 8-core processor. Additionally, both the Galaxy smartphones feature 4GB RAM, large 3000mAh batteries and come encased in metal bodies with upgraded cameras.

Android users should take note that these latest offerings are devoid of MicroSD card slots, not giving users the choice to add extra storage. Instead 32GB and 64GB variants of the phones will be made available.

The devices won’t be featuring a removable battery as well.

Samsung hopes to receive an upper hand in the market before Apple arrives with its upgraded iPhone this year, The Australian noted.

As for its Australia release, the large-sized Galaxy phones are expected to arrive in the country soon. Exact details about the Australian launch should be available next week, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Following the global announcement, we look forward to launching the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5 in Australia soon,” Mr Gokhale said.

On the Samsung Pay front, the service will debut this year in South Korea on August 20 and on September 28 in the US. Fans in Australia will have to wait for a bit before they can use the latest offerings from the company.

“Mobile payment technologies are an immensely exciting category in which Samsung continues to innovate,” said Prasad Gokhale, vice president, IT & Mobile at Samsung Australia, The Australian noted.

“Samsung Electronics Australia is currently working with local financial institutions to customise Samsung Pay with an anticipated launch in 2016. We look forward to sharing more information closer to the launch.”