Samsung has two new, more refined phablets to take on the Apple iPhone in the hope to dominate the category which the company once created. The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ were launched at Samsung’s Unpacked event and will go on sale on August 21.
Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7-inch QuadHD display and is powered by the company’s own octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC coupled to 4GB of RAM. There are two variants of the device – 32GB and 64GB – but unlike the S6 Samsung hasn’t launched a larger 128GB variant.
The battery on the new Note 5 is smaller than the Note 4’s at 3,000 mAh, but the device now features wireless and quick charging support. In terms of design, the Note 5 is very similar to the Galaxy S6 while the curved back makes it easier to hold the device.
No Samsung flagship phablet is complete without an S Pen and the Note 5 houses its writing utensil in a slot located on the lower right. The new S Pen is longer, has higher pressure sensitivity and better writing performance over its predecessors.
In terms of imaging, the Galaxy Note 5 features the same 16MP OIS camera at the rear and a 5MP front facing shooter.
The Galaxy Note 5 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop featuring Samsung’s infamous TouchWiz skin on top. There are a couple of new features, but best of which includes the ability to live stream video via the camera app directly to YouTube.
Galaxy S6 Edge+
Alongside the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung also launched a larger version of its curved screen flagship device called the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The device features a larger screen – 5.7-inches and is powered by the same Exynos 7420 SoC that is in the Note 5.
Both devices share identical specs and will be available in 2 variants, again the S6 Edge+ doesn’t come in a 128GB variant. Of course, the biggest feature that’s mission on the S6 Edge+ is the S Pen which Samsung has reserved only for its Note line.
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 5 quite a while ahead of its annual schedule and that’s partly due to the company’s strategy of distancing itself from the launch of Apple’s iPhone. The company is trying to get users to jump onto its ship before Apple can come in and swoop customers away.