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Today, Samsung has taken the wraps off their new phablet phones, the Galaxy Note S5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Everything else about these phones was as leaked earlier. The S6 Edge+ is remarkably similar to the S6 Edge that Samsung launched this year. The glass body is ringed by metal, with volume buttons on the left and a sleep / power button on the right.
In terms of specific specs, the Note 5 has the same octacore Samsung Exynos processor as the S6, though this time it’s paired with 4GB of RAM. You can get a Note 5 with either 32 or 64GB of storage, but Samsung is not offering a larger 128GB option. The 3,000mAh battery is actually smaller than the one in last year’s Note 4, but the Note 5 includes support for both wireless charging and quick charging this time around.
The S6 Edge+ is powered by the same octa-core Exynos processor that made the original S6 line operate so fast (but with 4GB of RAM this time around). It runs Samsung’s slightly altered version of Android 5.1 Lollipop. You’ll also find the same 16-megapixel sensor, which is one of the best cameras found on any phone, let alone just on Android devices. One is the battery: it’s slightly bigger this time around at 3,000mAh, but will recharge as fast as the one on the S6 Edge. It’s still not removable, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Samsung has settled on 5.7 inches as being the right size for its Note phones, as it comes with 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display has the same quad HD resolution. Note 5’s camera is the same 16-megapixel unit with OIS as found on the S6. The glass on both devices back does make them slippery, however, and it’s extremely prone to collecting fingerprints, regardless if it’s the gold or black color. Otherwise, the Note 5’s design and build quality are just as high-caliber as the S6.
The Note can’t be called a Note without Samsung’s S Pen writing utensil, and sure enough, there’s one located in a slot on the lower right of the phone. The new S Pen is longer and nicer than prior ones, and Samsung says it has improved the pressure sensitivity and writing performance over older models. There are a handful of new features too, such as the ability to pull the pen out of its cave and instantly start writing on the display without turning it on for quick notes.
The rest of the Note’s software should be familiar to anyone who’s used a recent Samsung: it’s Android 5.1 Lollipop with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and customizations on top of it. A couple of new features include the ability to live stream video from the camera app to YouTube and an improved app for connecting and managing the phone with a PC.
Samsung introduced the “People Edge” shortcut with the S6 Edge, which placed a tab on the side of the phone’s home screen, which let you set and access your most-used contacts. Now with the S6 Edge+ there’s also “Apps Edge,” which lets you quick-launch apps. A swipe on the shortcut tab will bring up whatever you most recently used, so if you want to just use it for app switching, you’ll never have to swipe past the contacts.
The shortcut tab is no longer just a home screen feature, too — you can set it so that it shows up no matter where you are in the software. (You can reposition the small tab along the side of the screen, but you can’t change the size.) It makes it extremely easy to switch between apps, which is great, because it’s a bit hard to reach the entire 5.7-inch screen with just one hand.
Both Phones Can stream live on YouTube
Another new feature coming to the S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 is the ability to live stream on YouTube right from the native camera app. You can schedule streams or push them live on the spot, and you’re given the option to create a private, invite-only session or grab a public URL to share on your social media. The phones are capable of streaming up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, if you’re willing to spare the data. It’s a clear attempt at capturing some of the booming live-streaming video market, and will especially be a shot across the bow of the dominant mobile streaming app, Periscope.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5 will be available on August 21st and will come in 32GB and 64GB configurations and will be priced a bit higher than the S6 Edge’s that is already expensive.
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