tech2 News StaffAug 15, 2015 13:37:25 IST
Samsung's two most awaited devices are here – Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+. After a sluggish lineup of flagships over the years that have witnessed a sales dip, Samsung didn't waste any time before pulling out the new devices from its kitty. Let's see if the duo can help the company bounce back wit flying sales figures. Let's take a closer look at the specs, to know what's on offer.
The all-new Note 5 seems to have taken cues from the Note 4 and the earlier launched Galaxy S6. Design-wise, the device has borrowed material from the S6 such as glass front and rear framed by solid metal. However, that's come at a price as the removable battery and microSD card slot have been given a miss. It's overall smaller, lighter compared to the Note 4. Those who got to spend sometime with the device claim that the glass makes the device slippery and also acts as a fingerprints magnet. Needless to say, the Note comes with its main highlight – a new, improved S Pen – accommodated on the lower right side of the device.
It's been just five month since the launch of the Galaxy S6 and galaxy S6 Edge and its successor the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is already here. Surprisingly, it looks just the same, expect the newer device gets bigger and of course smarter. With 6.9mm thickness, the device is 12mm longer and 5mm wider. It's a striking image of the S6 Edge with a glass body and metal around.
The Note 5 comes with a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with quad HD resolution, similar to Note 3 and Note 4. Without drastically increasing the overall size, the company has fitted a larger 5.7-inch quad HD AMOLED display on the Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Processor and RAM
Both devices will come powered by Samsung's home brewed Exynos 7420 eight-core processors using similar advanced technology as seen in the chips in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. They are likely to come with 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. Both include 4GB of RAM.
Both run the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop with a layer of customised TouchWiz interface. The Note 5's S Pen can be used to directly start writing on the display without the need to reach out to quick notes. Some other new features include live streaming videos from the camera app to YouTube and also an app that will connect and manage the phone with a PC.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 as well as Galaxy S6 Edge+ feature 16-megapixel rear snappers with OIS and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.
Live streaming from the native camera app is definitely something to look forward to. "You can schedule streams or push them live on the spot, and you’re given the option to create a private, invite-only session or grab a public URL to share on your social media. The phones are capable of streaming up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, if you’re willing to spare the data. It’s a clear attempt at capturing some of the booming live-streaming video market, and will especially be a shot across the bow of the dominant mobile streaming app, Periscope," points out TheVerge.
Samsung Pay and NFC
Both devices support NFC and the much-talked-about payment service Samsung Pay that will launch on August 20 in South Korea and September 28 in the United States. The company is expected to expand the service to the United Kingdom, Spain and China, but no date specified.
Samsung Pay lets users make payments by having phones send signals to existing magnetic stripe card readers, offering greater store coverage than Apple’s Apple Pay service which requires retailers to install compatible equipment.
Users will find support for the usual suspects like 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and more.
Both devices will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants, and Samsung has decided to bid goodbye to the microSD card slot.
The Note 5 comes with a longer, nicer S Pen with improved pressure sensitivity and writing performance compared to the older models.
The S6 Edge+ will come with a slightly bigger 3,000mAh battery that will recharge as fast as the S6 Edge. The Note 5 also comes with a 3,000 mAh battery but it is said to be smart than the one seen in Note 4 with abilities like wireless charging and quick charging.
Pricing and availability
The Galaxy Note 5 will make it only to select markets, but one can expect wider availability of the Galaxy S6 Edge+. We wonder which one of the two are making to India, but we'd put our money on the Note 5. The phones will go on sale on August 21 in the United States and Canada.
In the US, the Galaxy Note 5 will be available via AT&T (contract-free) at $739.99 (approx. Rs 48,000) for the 32GB variant and $839.99 (approx. Rs. 54,800) for the 64GB variant. The 32GB and 64GB variants of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be priced at $814.99 (approx. Rs. 53,000) and $914.99 (approx. Rs. 59,500) respectively.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 come with some nifty improvements that we expect from next-gen Samsung devices. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with faster processor, better camera and bigger curved display. The Note 5 comes with an all-new design, improved S Pen and faster processor and improved charging. For now, both devices look great, at least on paper. We will know how they fare, once some reviews are out.