Samsung introduced two new smartphone at their August Unpacked event. The first one (and more notable one) is the Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 is using the same design that was found on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge which were released earlier this year. This new design means that the Galaxy Note 5 does not have a removable battery or micro SD card slot like the previous models.
It is being powered by a Octa-core Exynos processor with 4GB of RAM. There is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. That has a resolution of 2560×1440 with a pixel density of 518 ppi. The display is the same one that was found on last year’s Galaxy Note 4.
In terms of the battery, it has 3000mAh capacity and has support for Fast Charging (which can fully charge the device in 30 mins) and Fast Wireless Charging (which can fully charge the device in 2 hours).
You’ll be able to take great pictures with the 16 megapixel rear-facing camera. Unless you are more into taking selfies, you be satisfied with the 5 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Galaxy Note 5 will come with Android 5.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s usual TouchWiz skin. Samsung has enhanced how you use the S Pen with a new version of Air Command which takes over the whole screen with the S Pen is taken out. Air Command is now customizable, you can now add apps to the shortcut screen (especially ones that taking advantage of Samsung’s S Pen SDK). Apps such as Microsoft OneNote will not work natively with the Note 5.
Another cool software feature is when you take the S Pen out when the screen is off, it will still have a black background that you can start to write notes on without turning on the screen fully.
Another new feature, called Screen Capture, allows you take screenshots that are multiple pages in length, so then you can annotate long lists or multi-page documents.
You can get it with 32 or 64GB of storage (again, with no micro SD card slot), and some people are saying that it will come in the 128GB capacity but nothing confirmed so far as to which markets will get it (or at all).
The Galaxy Note 5 will be available in four colours, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and White Pearl. The device will be released on August 21st on a lot of Canadian carriers including Bell, Telus, Rogers, SaskTel, WIND, Videotron and MTS. It is expected to cost about $849 for the 32GB off-contract or $299 on a 2-year contract.
Galaxy S6 Edge+
The second device that Samsung announced was the Galaxy S6 Edge+. It has the same Octa-core Exynos processor as the Galaxy Note 5. You will also find a 5.7-inch Quad HD display which is bigger than the Galaxy S6 Edge but the same size as the Galaxy Note 5.
For storage options, you can get it in 32 or 64GB and 4GB of RAM. You will also find the same 16 megapixel rear-facing camera that was found in the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge. And it also has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.
The Galaxy S6 Edge+ has the same dual edged display as the Galaxy S6 Edge. But you’ll also get a 3,000 mAh battery, the fingerprint reader and support for Samsung Pay. You’ll also get the same design that is found on Samsung’s other flagship devices.
The August 21st released is a global launch day for both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.
Samsung previously announced their own payment system back when the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was announced back at MWC 2015.
Samsung now has announced that Samsung Pay will launch on September 28th in the US. Samsung Pay will allow you to make wireless payments at basically any payment terminal that supports regular credit cards and will be compatible with the Galaxy S6 and all premium Samsung phones after that (like the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+). Samsung will launch in Korea a bit earlier on August 20th. Samsung also has plans to roll out Samsung Pay to the U.K, Spain and China eventually.
Samsung Pay uses both NFC and MST (which stands for magnetic secure transmission). NFC is found on most Android devices but MST is exclusive to Samsung at the moment. The phone will essentially beam magnetic stripe data at a card reader that is only a few inches away. This means that it should support almost any credit card.