Well it has been a long and hectic six weeks. Anyway, I’m back and ready to further fill you good readers with whats going on in the world of mobile tech so let’s get started!!
Samsung recently had their Unpacked event, where they unveiled the second half of their 2015 flagship line.
Firstly, was the all metal and glass Note 5. While being similar in size to the Note 4, the new Note 5 is a more refined device. It will have a 5.7 in QHD screen at 2560×1440, which immediately makes it one of the very best screens on the market.
For hardware it will be using Samsung’s Exynos 7420 octa-core SOC at 2.1GHZ and 1.5GHZ a real powerhouse. Combine that with 4GB of RAM and what you have in my opinion, is the first real Android device to take full advantage of the 64bit Android architecture. It will also include a 16MP f/1.9 aperture camera with O.I.S for a powerful point and shoot as well as a new 5MP front facing Camera.
It will also include Bluetooth 4.2 LE and a new MIMO WiFi antenna setup for incredible speeds alongside support for the new CAT9 LTE when support comes to carriers.
The new S-Pen, will also have new added functionality complete with a new eject tool built into the pen’s housing, making it easier to eject, it will also have new software benefits including the new app view and the ability to write quick notes while the phone is still locked.
While it is an impressive device on paper, the Note 5 does have some drawbacks. Firstly, it does not have MicroSD support. Meaning you are stuck at the 32, or 64GB capacities. Finally, the battery is non removable and slightly smaller (3200 to 3000) from the Note 4, but it does support fast charging and a faster Qi wireless charging as well.
The second device that Samsung announced was the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ (mouthful). Which is a further evolution of the S6 line, with new edge enhancements. It has the exact same specifications as the Note 5 minus the S-Pen.
As for the OS, both devices will be running Android 5.1.1 with TouchWiz running atop them.
Phones aside, Samsung also announced the S2 smartwatch to be unveiled at IFA in a few weeks. Samsung Pay will also be expanded to usable at most credit card readers. The final announcement was the unveiling of a cool (albeit tacky looking) keyboard case that turns your device into a BlackBerry’ish device. The cool thing about the case is that the Keyboard does not need batteries or Bluetooth to connect to the phones, it is done through a series of sensors that transform the phone when it is attached.
The Note 5 will be in the US only (for the time being) alongside the S6 edge+ and will vary between carriers but will be available for purchase August 21 st.