New York (dpa) – Samsung Electronics Co unveiled two new large-screen
devices in the United States, in a bid to make up for falling
revenues from its handset division.

The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ each have a 5.7-inch
display, putting them in the category known as phablets, intended to
combine features of both phones and tablet computers.

They were to go on sale in the US and Canada from August 21, and
other countries later in the month, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency
reported Friday.

Both phones support Samsung’s mobile payment service, following the
introduction of the rival Apple Pay system integrated into the latest
generations of iPhones.

The South Korean electronics giant, the world’s largest handset
maker, is facing increasing challenges from Apple at the high end of
the market, and Chinese competitors in the mid- and lower ranges.

Operating profit of its information technology and mobile business
division, which includes smartphones, fell 37.5 per cent year-on-year
in the second quarter, to 2.76 trillion won (2.34 billion
US dollars), the report quoted the company as saying earlier.