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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge: Australian pricing and availability

Ahead of its launch later this year, Samsung has released some firm pricing and retail dates for the much-anticipated Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 CNET

After revealing the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 4 and the 5.6-inch Note Edge at IFA 2014 earlier in September, Samsung has hammered some Australian pricing and availability.

The Note 4 will officially become available on November 5, at AU$949 for 32GB of storage. Pre-sales will begin on October 15, available from Samsung stores and "leading retailers". As usual, Australia will have the quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, while some other markets will get the 1.9GHz octa-core chipset, comprised of 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz quad-core processors.

At the time of writing, no telco partners have been named but in keeping with Samsung's usual launch strategy, we'd expect Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin to be all on board.

As Telstra has mentioned before, the Note 4 will be one of the first devices on the market able to take advantage of its LTE-A offering, using the 700 and 1800MHz bands.

Samsung Note Edge Sarah Tew

Samsung also confirmed that the iconic Note Edge would be coming to Australia. This phone impressed the IFA crowds with its "drop-edge screen" offering a separate user interface via the sloping right side. Other than the unusual twist to the 5.6-inch screen, the Note Edge is almost identical to the Note 4 -- a slightly smaller 3,000mAh battery and a 64GB option are the main the differences.

The Edge will go on sale November 12, starting at AU$1,249. Samsung also announced the local availability for a number of wearables, including the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear VR headset -- you can find the full details here.

Telco pricing

Most of the major telcos have now announced their respective pricing plans for the Note 4.

Optus: The Note 4 will be available on a variety of plans but the best pick is probably the AU$80 plan, which includes no handset repayments and unlimited SMS, MMS and local calls. Customers who pre-order before November 2 will also get a bonus data deal, making for 5GB a month. Total minimum cost over 24 months is AU$1,920.

Vodafone: The Note 4 is available for AU$6 per month in handset repayments on the AU$80 Red plan. That's 4GB of data, unlimited calls, SMS and MMS and a bonus set of AU$249 Samsung Level On headphones. Total cost over 24 months is AU$2,064.

Vodafone is also pushing the Note Edge -- the only telco currently offering it. It'll cost you AU$14 per month in handset payments on the AU$80 Red plan with the same benefits as above. With the additional payments, the total cost over 24 months is AU$2,256.

Virgin: On Virgin's AU$80 a month plan, the Note 4 will cost an additional AU$5 a month in handset repayments. That's unlimited calls and text and 6GB of data. Minimum cost over 24 months is $2,040.

Telstra: Telstra will be stocking the Note 4, but hasn't released pricing plans and its Note 4 pre-order page wasn't live at the time of writing.

Updated October 16, 12.05pm: Added new availability dates and telco pricing plans.