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Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ With 5.7-Inch Displays Launched

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At the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York on Thursday, Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. JK Shin, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics, launched the company’s new phablet flagships in a new bid to reverse its declining fortunes. The two smartphones will be available in select markets by the end of the month, with wider availability from September.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ kick off in the US from Thursday, and the smartphones will be made available from August 21. In the US, the Galaxy Note 5 will be available via AT&T (with a no commitment contract) at $739.99 (roughly Rs. 48,400) for the 32GB variant, and $839.99 (roughly Rs. 54,800) for the 64GB variant, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be priced at $814.99 (roughly Rs. 53,300) and $914.99 (roughly Rs. 59,800) for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively. Samsung said the Galaxy Note 5 will only be made available in select markets, unlike the wide availability the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will feature.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge before them, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are identical to each other except for the displays. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, like the S6 Edge before it, sports a dual-edge display. The Galaxy Note 5 also features a new and improved S Pen in addition.

The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) Super-Amoled displays with a pixel density of 515ppi. The duo is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+smartphones feature 16-megapixel rear cameras with f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilisation, apart from a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera app can be opened with a double press on the home button, which also features the fingerprint sensor. A Live Broadcast feature is also being touted.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available in 32GB and 64GB variants. Both have no microSD card slots, and feature 3000mAh non-removable batteries. Samsung is touting the batteries feature its Fast Charging technology for both wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) options. With wired charging will deliver full charged in roughly 90 minutes, and with the new wireless charger, full charge is delivered in roughly 120 minutes.

In terms of connectivity, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be offering in 4G LTE Cat. 9 or Cat. 6 modems depending on the market. The phones also feature NFC and MST connectivity technology, to power the already unveiled Samsung Pay mobile payment technology. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB 2.0 (no USB 3.1 Type-C as expected).

The Samsung Galaxy Edge+ measures 154.4×75.8×6.9mm, and weighs 153 grams, while the Galaxy Note 5 is both thicker and heavier, thanks to the S Pen, with dimensions of 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, and a weight of 171 grams. The two smartphones will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium colour variants.

Detailing the new S Pen, Samsung said the new stylus features a one-click mechanism to eject the pen. New and improved features include the ability to take notes without unlocking the phone, and an updated Air Command feature that shows a hovering icon for quick access to stylus tools. The new Scroll Capture feature offers annotation and screen/ text capturing abilities.

Samsung Pay – which the firm said is protected by Samsung Knox with fingerprint verification and digital tokenisation – will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the US on September 28. With MST support for magstripe readers, it is claimed to work with 90 percent of US retailers, making it more ‘universal’ than Apple Pay according to Samsung. To make it work in store, users have to activate the card, authenticate it with their fingerprint, and then hold up the smartphone to the magstripe reader.

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The company also unveiled Keyboard Covers for both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones, apart from wireless charging modules and Clear View Covers. Samsung also touted support for its SideSync feature, which provides a ‘wired PC-smartphone integration’. Both phones also feature Samsung Knox Active Protection, and the My Knox app.

The dual-edge display of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with a new UI feature called Apps Edge to take advantage of the curved display, over and above the People Edge feature seen in the S6 Edge. It similarly allows users to pin commonly used apps to the side display, for quick access.

Commenting on the launch in a statement, JK Shin said, “At Samsung, 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. With the launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, we’re re-emphasising our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of our consumers.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 detailed specifications 
General
Release date August 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 153.20 x 76.10 x 7.60
Weight (g) 171.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution                                                                 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 518
Hardware
Processor 1.5GHz  octa-core
Processor make                                                         Exynos 7420
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 32GB
Camera
Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash                                                                         Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Software
Operating System                                                     Android  5.1
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC                                                                          Yes
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer                                                          Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

samsung galaxy s6 edge+ specification_techtrainindia
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ detailed specifications
General
Release date August 2015
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 154.40 x 75.80 x 6.90
Weight (g) 153.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium
SAR value NA
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen                                                             Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 518
Hardware
Processor 1.5GHz  octa-core
Processor make                                                       Exynos 7420
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 32GB
Camera
Rear camera 16-megapixel
Flash                                                                       Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Software
Operating System                               Android 5.1
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac
GPS                                                                        Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
NFC Yes
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
MHL Out No
HDMI No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/ CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer                                                        Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

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