They’re here, they’re large and they’re absolutely stunning! Who or what, you may ask, but only if you haven’t been lurking in the online mobile tech world since yesterday’s Unpacked event. Otherwise, it’s probably pretty clear to you we’re talking about the newest flagships from the South Korean giant Samsung: the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+. Wondering what these two phones are bringing to the table? Stick around for a bit and you’ll get the full scoop.
Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus: They’ve Got the Looks
Starting with the design—the Note 5 is a huge step up from its predecessor, the Note 4, mostly due to the S6-like glass front and solid metal back. It’s also smaller and lighter than the Note 4, but with a larger super HQ display measuring 5.7 inches. Plus, the curved edges make the large phablet fit easily in your hand and the vastly improved S-pen makes it possible to write on the display directly without accessing your quick notes. Another addition is the keyboard case, designed to facilitate typing while keeping the huge screen uncovered at all times.
As for the S6 Edge+, it’s the spitting image of its older sibling—the plusless S6 Edge—only bigger. Like the newest Note, the Edge+ includes a sharp and brilliant 5.7-inch HD AMOLED display, making the phone look stylish and elegant.
A Few Notable S6 Edge+ and Note 5 Specs
The internet has been buzzing with the rumoured specs for quite some time, but now everything’s more than official. Both new devices run on an octa-core Exynos processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB of built-in storage (though there’s already talk a 126GB version might be in the works, as well!). Also, both the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ pack a mean 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a front-facing 5-megapixel camera and the option to shoot in 4K. The newest addition to the mix is the fast wireless charging option, allowing your phone to go from empty to full in two hours, which is as yet unheard of!
The Samsung Unpacked event also drew attention to Samsung Pay (which allows you to make transactions in any shop that supports NFC and “virtually anywhere you can swipe a card”) and the newest smartwatch, the Gear S2.
The USA and Canada will be able to get their hands on the two Samsung smartphones as early as the 21st of August, while it’s still unclear when and where exactly in Europe the phablets will be available.