The Galaxy Note 5, the latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones may not feature any major changes compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 4, but it does come with a new and improved S-Pen stylus. According to Samsung, the pen is more responsive, and it boasts new features, such as the ability to take down notes even when the handset’s display screen is turned off. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with the same Exynos 7420 found in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, but has a 5.7 inch display screen with 2,560 by 1,440 pixel resolution. The handset arrives in the United States and Canada on August 21st of this year.
As for the other new smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, it retains the sleek curves and stylishness of its predecessor, last year’s Galaxy S6 Edge, but with a bigger display screen coming in at 5.7 inches (the Galaxy S6 Edge had a 5.1 inch display screen). The resolution is the same at 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, but the battery has been upgraded to 3,000 mAh and the random access memory (RAM) to 4 gigabytes. Like the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes to American and Canadian shores on August 21st.
Apart from two new mobile devices, Samsung also introduced a few new hardware goodies. One of them is the company’s keyboard cover, which should delight those who want to use a physical keyboard but do not want to purchase a BlackBerry device. Samsung’s cover features a keyboard that pops off, which users can easily attach to the front of their phablets when they use it, and then snap it on to the rear side of the handset when not in use.
Samsung also took the opportunity to tease its upcoming round Gear S2 smartwatch via a brief video shown during the Unpacked event. However, no further details were revealed regarding the South Korean mobile manufacturer’s next wearable device, and we may have to wait until the IFA trade show happening at Berlin in early September of this year.
Other highlights of the Unpacked event include Live Broadcast, a product of Samsung’s collaboration with YouTube in order to deliver live streaming directly to Samsung’s new handsets. Then there is the company’s Sidesync software -- this allows users to pair their Samsung handset with their Mac personal computer, letting them drag and drop files, launch apps, and even share the screen.
Finally, the company officially revealed that Samsung Pay, its answer to the Apple Pay mobile payment system, will be arriving in the US on September 28th of this year.
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