Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 today along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+. These large-screen phones, both sporting 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, are Samsung's latest flagship devices.
The two phones, err phablets, boast having the most advanced cameras and processors in a mobile device. For example, both are endowed with 4G RAM and the latest processing technology in the market: an octa-core Exynos processor.
Another important aspect is the software. The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ support Samsung Pay, which is the company's mobile payments service. Samsung plans to launch Samsung Pay in Korea on August 20th and in the United States on September 28th.
Other noteworthy software features include Live Broadcast-a technology that allows users to stream live videos straight from the devices to other users via YouTube Live. Think of it as Samsung’s own version of Periscope or Meerkat.
There's also SideSync, which seamlessy connects to other devices, either wired or wireless. SideSync allows users to access their PC, Mac, or tablet on their Note 5 or S6 Edge+.
Apart from the 5.7-inch screen, the Galaxy Note 5 features a 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, an octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 32 or 64GB storage, 3000mAh battery, LTE and Android 5.1 Lollipop. It also comes with a new S-Pen.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 6 Edge+ dons a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, 32 or 64GB storage, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 3,000mAh battery, LTE and Android 5.1 Lollipop.
“We believed in the promise that large screen smartphones could actively address some major consumers pain points by providing users with a better viewing experience and more productivity on-the-go,” said JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5, we’re reemphasizing our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”
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Regarding pricing and availability, both devices will launch globally starting this month, although the exact launch dates will vary depending on the partipating partners like mobile carriers or markets. Customers can choose from four colors: white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, and silver platinum.