The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is said to be coming early this year: Samsung has unveiled four generation of the Note phablet in early September at the IFA show, but this time around the announcement is said to move earlier to August 12th, and speculations are that the rush is in order to avoid clashing for media attention with an expected iPhone 6s unveiling that is expected to happen in early September.
The Galaxy Note 5 will resemble Samsung’s early 2015 flagships and feature metal construction and glass backs and as such. The phablet is also expected to feature a really thin bezel like the Galaxy A8 and this could be to make the handset as small as possible given the bigger 5.7-inch display. Like previous Galaxy Note devices, we’re also expecting a redesigned S-Pen to be onboard with the latest version expected to look and feel more like a traditional pen and be available in the same colour as your device: silver, gold, white or black.
The report also reveals some interesting details about the devices. It says the Galaxy Note 5 won’t feature a microSD slot. And in terms of design, the handset will be what it calls a “blown-up version” of the company’s Galaxy S6 flagship.
Samsung seems to sell the Galaxy Note 5 for a full month before the iPhone 6s Plus launches. Last year, Apple’s iPhone 6 models crushed Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4, even though the fourth-generation Note phablet was announced before Apple’s new iPhones.
The Galaxy Note 5 will have a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD screen resolution (2,560 x 1,440p), an Exynos 7422 processor (ePOP) that will provide the CPU, GPU, LTE, RAM, and storage on a single chip, with the smartphone world’s groundbreaking 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM (as opposed to the 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM on the Asus ZenPhone 2), a 4,100mAh battery, and perhaps a pre-installed Write on PDF function.
Coming on the Galaxy S6 edge+, one can expect the curved display on both sides. SamMobile confirms that the device will be powered the Exynos 7420 instead of a Snapdragon 808. It will include 3GB of RAM. The storage options may remain the same as seen in Galaxy S6 with 64GB as the base model.
The Galaxy S6 edge+ is a supersized version of the Galaxy S6 edge (nothing new here), and, once again, users will need to prepare themselves for the camera bulge found on the back of the device with the rear camera. There is only a USB 2.0 charging port here (no leap forward to USB Type-C that was rumored and expected), which means that you’ll still have non-reversible charging cables this year. The speaker and charging port, among others, are all located at the bottom of the S6 edge+, which matches what we’ve seen in the S6 edge. GSMArena says that the design looks to have a glass back, which means no removable battery and no microSD card slot.
Going by the previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is likely to come equipped with 5.5-inch display, 16MP rear camera with OIS, 5MP front-facing camera, 4K video recording and a 3,000mAh battery.
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will be announced at the event with a release scheduled for the same day as the Galaxy Note 5. If both smartphones do launch together, the biggest concern for Samsung will be accurately forecasting demand; with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the Korean manufacturer expected four times more demand for the non-curved flagship but found demand was equal leading to a mismatch in supply and ‘poor’ sales.
So, what are thoughts on Samsung’s early unveiling, will it help boost in its sale or something unexpected will happen?