At the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York on Thursday, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones. JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, launched the company’s new phablet flagships in a bid to reverse the South Korean giant’s declining fortunes. The two smartphones will be available in select markets by the end of the month, with wider availability from September.
Pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ kick off in the US from Thursday, and the smartphones will be made available from August 21. In the US, the Galaxy Note 5 will be available via AT&T (with a no commitment contract) at $739.99 (roughly Rs. 48,400) for the 32GB variant, and $839.99 (roughly Rs. 54,800) for the 64GB variant, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be priced at $814.99 (roughly Rs. 53,300) and $914.99 (roughly Rs. 59,800) for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively. Samsung said the Galaxy Note 5 will only be made available in select markets, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will feature wider availability.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 (Review | Pictures) and Galaxy S6 Edge (Review | Pictures) before them, both the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are identical to each other except for the displays. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, like the S6 Edge before it, sports a dual-edge display. The Galaxy Note 5 also features a new and improved S Pen in addition.
The Android 5.1 Lollipop-based Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super-Amoled displays with a pixel density of 515ppi. The duo is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.
The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones feature 16-megapixel rear cameras with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilisation, apart from 5-megapixel front-facing cameras. The camera app can be opened with a double press on the home button, which also bears the fingerprint sensor. A Live Broadcast feature is also being touted.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ both have no microSD card slots, and feature 3000mAh non-removable batteries. Samsung said the batteries feature its Fast Charging technology for both wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) options. Wired charging will deliver full charge in roughly 90 minutes, and with the new wireless charger, full charge is delivered in roughly 120 minutes, said Samsung.In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be offered in 4G LTE Cat. 9 or Cat. 6 modems depending on the market. The phones also feature NFC and MST, to power the Samsung Pay mobile payment technology. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB 2.0 (so no USB Type-C as was rumoured).
The Samsung Galaxy Edge+ measures 154.4×75.8×6.9mm, and weighs 153 grams, while the Galaxy Note 5 is both thicker and heavier, with dimensions of 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, and a weight of 171 grams. The two smartphones will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium colour variants.
Detailing changes to the S Pen, Samsung said the stylus now features a one-click mechanism to eject it from the main smartphone body. New and improved features include the ability to take notes without unlocking the phone, and an updated Air Command feature that shows a hovering icon for quick access to stylus tools. Scroll Capture offers annotation and screen/ text capturing abilities.