Samsung kills Galaxy S7 Edge+ in UK to go big with the Note 6

The Note will make a triumphant return to Europe in August

Samsung kills Galaxy S7 Edge in UK to go big with the Note 6

Samsung has no plans to launch a Galaxy S7 Edge+ handset and will instead reinstate the Galaxy Note 6 as the brand's chief phablet in the UK.

That's according to a techradar source high up at one of the UK's major networks who cited a "backlash from loyal Note fans" as one of the chief reasons for the reverse decision.

Not launching the brilliant Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in Europe was one of Samsung's strangest decisions in recent times so this news should please the many phableteers who've been left without an obvious upgrade this year.

"Samsung isn't going to launch the S7 Edge+ in the UK," said our source, who was also talking in the presence of Forbes. "I got the impression that it had been a bit of a disappointment sales-wise and that the decision to keep the Note 5 out of Europe is now considered a mistake. So our information is that the Note 6 will launch in the UK in August and that there will be no S7 Edge+."

Galaxy S7 will go on sale early March

Whether this means that the Edge+ is being killed off globally after just one iteration or just in the UK is unclear. Samsung's plan could well be to simply position the smaller Galaxy S7 Edge a little differently - making it bigger than the S7 and smaller than the Note 6. Or maybe it'll simply pick and choose which territories to launch an S7 Edge+ in... we're just speculating now.

We asked Samsung UK about all this this morning and got the usual "we can't comment on rumour and speculation..." response. What we do know is the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge will almost certainly launch at MWC 2016 on February 21 and go on sale soon after.

Last year the Galaxy S6 was announced in March and went on sale in April, but techradar has heard from retailers that the S7 will be available to pre-order a little quicker this time around with an on-sale date in early March.