During today’s Samsung Unpacked event, the company has unveiled its newest smartphones – the Galaxy Note and the Edge+. This year the South Korean company has decided to set the event earlier than usual in order to get some of the consumer’s attention before the new iPhones are being unleashed.
Galaxy Note 5
Judging by its looks and features, the Galaxy Note 5 seems to be a mix between the Galaxy S6 and the Note 4. The Note line of smartphones have been for quite a while some of the most popular Android phablets (if not, the most), but all this changed when Apple finally decided to release its own super-sized iPhones. And with this year’s new Note, Sammy hopes it can win back the hearts of mobile users. So here’s what the handset is packing:
- Same octacore Samsung Exynos processor as the S6, but paired with 4GB of RAM
- 32 or 64GB of storage, with no microSD card support
- Same 16-megapixel unit with OIS as on the S6, with a wide f/1.9 aperture, auto real-time HDR. It can record 2160p video or livestream 1080p to YouTube and there’s a 5MP sensor and an f/1.9 aperture
- 5.7-inch Super AMOLED
- 3,000mAh battery, supports wireless charging and quick charging
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top
The smartphone also come with a new S Pen which features improved pressure sensitivity and writing performance over older models. The Galaxy Note 5 borrows the design and materials from the S6, such as the glass on the front and rear and the solid metal frame. While this is great, ithe removable battery and microSD card support have been sacrificed, as well as the waterproofing.
The smartphone also comes with Ultra High Quality Audio, which is an improvement that should bring “richer” sound. The handset also comes with Samsung Pay, which works over NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and will launch in the US in September.
As Samsung tries to preempt the iPhone launch, it will allow interested buyer to preorder the phone from all four major US carriers starting today, and the device will be available in stores starting on August 21st in the following colors – Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
Along with the new Note, Samsung has also unveiled the S6 Edge+, a slightly bigger version of the S6 Edge. Compared to the previous model, the new handset is just 12mm longer and 5mm wider and also thinner by 0.1 mm. Overall, the look and feel of the S6 Edge+ is quite similar to the previous version. Furthermore, Samsung’s newest curved smartphone comes with pretty much the same specs as the Note 5, as follows:
- Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset with 4GB RAM
- 16-megapixel rear cameras, 5-megapixel front-facing shooters
- 32GB or 64GB of storage
- 3,000mAh battery
Samsung also announced a couple of special software features to make the new devices even more appealing. Live Broadcast allows an user to shoot a video with the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus or Galaxy Note 5 camera and the stream it live to another device, either to an individual, a group of contacts, or even publicly on YouTube Live.
The Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) is also present on the Edge+, as well. Another new service is SideSync, which uses auto-detection and quick setup features to instantly connect to other Samsung devices. And yes, of course, Samsung Pay is coming to the Edge+, as well, as Samsung tries to counterattack to the rapid growth of Apple Pay.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ will also be available with all major US carriers in black or gold version on August 21st with pre-orders starting today. Looking at the specs, features and build quality of these two smartphones, what do you think, does Samsung have a chance to at least slow down the merciless domination of the iPhone?