Samsung has today officially announced the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Here’s what you need to know.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The new Galaxy Note 5 brings along a design very similar to the Galaxy S6, but retains the same 5.7″ display and S-pen as seen on the Galaxy Note 4. One of the noticeable differences in the hardware is that the Note 5 has curved glass on the back of the phone. Imagine the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, but upside down. As far as specs go, the Note 5 is just the powerhouse we expected. It has an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Unfortunately the Note 5 removes the microSD card slot and the removable battery. The latter of those may be an issue as the Note 5 only brings a 3,000 mAh battery. However the phone does include wireless charging and fast charging built in (as well as the capability to use fast wireless charging). The Note 5 also houses the same 16MP camera found in the Galaxy S6.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+
As expected, Samsung has also launched the Galaxy S6 Edge+, a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge released earlier this year. Like the Note 5, the S6 Edge+ brings a 5.7″ inch display but with both edges curved. Specs are also identical with the Exynos octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of storage. Software is identical to the standard S6 Edge, but with a few enhancements due to the larger display. The S6 Edge+ brings a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery along with fast charging and wireless charging (as well as the capability to use fast wireless charging).
Both of Samsung’s new phones are up for pre-order today (US only) and will be available for sale at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular starting August 21st. AT&T is also offering a $300 credit in a TV bundle when you buy either phone. You can read more about that here. We’ll be bringing you reviews of both of these smartphones when we can get our hands on them. But overall, what do you think so far?
Samsung Remains Ahead of the Curve with Bold, Big Screen Smartphones
Galaxy S6 edge+ features a dual edge display for ultimate multimedia experience; Galaxy Note5 takes multi-tasking on mobile to new heights with an integrated S Pen
Available in the United States on August 21, with preorders beginning today, August 13, at 3 p.m. EDT
NEW YORK, August 13, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced today the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. Both devices represent Samsung’s commitment to the big screen smartphone market, which Samsung boldly pioneered in 2011 with the original Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 blend form and function with industry leading features, including: Samsung’s best screen technology, Samsung’s most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both phones enable users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking.
With its curved 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, the Galaxy S6 edge+ makes the edge experience even better and provides a more immersive multimedia experience. The thinner, slimmer and newly-designed Galaxy Note5 has a refined, next generation S Pen and multi window capabilities for a more productive smartphone experience.
Samsung Pay, Samsung’s simple and safe mobile payment service, will launch in the U.S. in September and will be available virtually anywhere you can swipe your card1. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint verification and digital tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, bringing consumers closer than ever to a world without wallets.
“At Samsung, we believed in the promise that big screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we’re reemphasizing our commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”
Galaxy S6 edge+ – best for multimedia
With the Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung is bringing everything consumers love about the S6 edge to a bigger screen in a slim and thin form factor. Beautiful and intuitive, it uses the dual edges as a shortcut from any screen to users’ top contacts and apps. ‘Apps edge’ allows users to access their favorite apps by just swiping the edge display. ‘People edge’ helps users quickly find their favorite contacts and send messages, or give a call directly from any screen.
Galaxy Note5 – perfect for multitaskers
The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line – more powerful than ever. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy S6, it ergonomically fits in one hand with a narrower bezel and curved back which makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.
Engineered to help people get more done, faster, the Galaxy Note5 includes an all new S Pen that feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand, offering improved writing capabilities and a variety of practical tools. A unique clicking mechanism pops the S Pen out with just one quick click. Users can now quickly jot down ideas or information even when the screen is off. The ‘Air Command’ feature gets more intuitive and practical as well; now the icon hovers for instant access to all of S Pen tools from any screen at any time. Users can also annotate on PDF files or capture a whole website from top to bottom with Scroll Capture.
Powerful Core Galaxy Features
Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 feature unprecedented multimedia capabilities through Samsung’s industry-leading 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display.
As social networking becomes more ubiquitous, consumers expect to share the moments of their lives through video. On both the front-facing and rear-facing cameras your videos will be steadier and smoother with the added Video Digital Image Stabilization. Video Collage Mode allows users to record and edit short videos easily in various frames and effects. The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 also feature 4K Video filming which can be displayed on a 4K TV, as well as full HD Live Broadcast, which lets users instantly stream video straight from the phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live. Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Galaxy S6 edge+ or Note5 user is able to enjoy live broadcast from his or her smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV.
Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 users will also benefit from Samsung’s advanced camera system, including Quick launch (double-click the home button to launch the camera from any screen), Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and brand-new filters. Both devices feature Ultra High Quality Audio (UHQA) to upscale audio streams and files for richer, high-quality sound. UHQA is supported over Bluetooth on Samsung’s next generation wireless audio accessories, including the Level On Wireless Pro.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 feature Samsung’s built in, fast wired and wireless charging technology which is compatible with virtually any wireless charging pad available today.
Samsung’s newest devices are further upgraded to support SideSync 4.0, which offers both wireless and wired PC-smartphone integration for seamless connection across devices2. Thanks to auto-detection and an ultra-quick setup, users can instantly connect their Samsung device to their PC or tablet to easily respond to text messages, answer phone calls or access and share files and data.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 are built on the upgraded Samsung KNOX, end-to-end secure mobile platform, offering defense-grade features for real-time protection from potential malicious attacks. Both devices are also ready for immediate enterprise adoption, with market-leading MDMs and KNOX enhancements. Right out of the box, Samsung KNOX takes security to the next level.
In the U.S., the Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum, and the Galaxy Note5 will be available in Black Sapphire and White Pearl – in 32GB and 64GB memory options3. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5. The devices will also be available at Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy, as well as Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Costco Wholesale, Inc., Sam’s Club, Target and select Walmart stores. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
Consumers can get an exclusive first look at both devices at more than 7,000 participating AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy locations across the U.S. starting tomorrow, August 14. The full list of participating locations is available at www.samsung.com/onebigdecision.
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