Well, the long, long wait is over, folks—time for a collective sigh of relief: the Galaxy Note 5 is here and so is its curvier cousin, Galaxy S6 Edge+! The two were revealed, presented and praised at the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York on Thursday and now it’s time for us to fill you in on the detes. So, sit back, pull up a chair and let us present you the two most talked-about Samsung devices of the season!
Note 5 and S6 Edge+: Big, Bright, Beautiful
Looking at both phablets, one thing is for sure: the screens are bigger with a capital B. However, the Note 5 on the whole is, essentially, smaller, measuring 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm (for comparison: its precursor, the Note 4, was at 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm), while the dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ are 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9mm. The makers pride themselves on having been able to improve the Note for the fans—keep the display brilliant and huge without the bulking up of the phone.
The new Note 5 is more like the S6 Edge, made of thinner and lighter metal (no more plastic Notes!), with curved sides that make handling of the device significantly easier. The S-pen, which pops out a lot cleaner than before, allows for multitasking and creative shenanigans. One more novelty—the Note 5 comes with an innovative keyboard cover that keeps the large display exposed, simultaneously allowing you to type with more precision.
The S6 Edge+ is, as expected, a mighty elegant smartphone with a sharp, curved 5.7-inch display (some would say it’s basically a huge Galaxy S6 Edge). What’s new is the inclusion of the Apps Edge feature which lets you swipe left or right in order to pull up your favourite apps (you could only do that with contacts with the S6 Edge).
Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ Specs: What Else?
Certain features have been speculated about (known?) for a while now: their batteries pack 3,000mAh (many were hoping for more—or at least a removable battery, but no dice); the front and back cameras count 5 and 16 megapixels, respectively; both devices store 4GB of RAM, run on Exynos 7420 eight-core processor and sport Android 5.1.
Additional exciting features include the fact both stellar cameras can now shoot in 4K and that not only can you charge the phones wirelessly, you can also make use of Samsung’s unprecedented fast wireless charging—an one hour faster than before!
The Unpacked event also introduced Samsung Pay to the world, Samsung’s answer to Apple Pay, which not only lets you safely pay in stores that accept NFC, but also debit and credit cards (a step up from Apple Pay) and teased the arrival of the Samsung Gear S2.
The phones will be available starting from the 21st of August in Canada and the USA. It is still unclear when the phablets will be coming to the UK, but it’s mostly thought we shouldn’t be holding our breath till the end of the year or even the start of 2016.0