Samsung Released S6 edge+

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As expected, Samsung released the Galaxy S6 edge+ side by side with the Note 5. The phones as mostly similar but there are also big differences. 

The S6 edge+ is second multi phone, Samsung was talking about in the keynote. As the Note 5 is for multitaskers, the S6 edge+ is for multimedia consumers. It has a gorgeous 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display that curves to both sides like in the original S6 edge.

The specifications are similar to Note 5 with Exynos 7420 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 3000mAh battery and 16/5MP cameras. The devices are still very different because of the curves being in different sides. The S6 edge+ has the curved glass in the front and flat glass in the back. In the Note 5 it’s the other way around. The S6 edge+ also lacks the S-Pen and its features. For more detailed specs, check the Note 5 article.

Storage options are 32 or 64GB. 128GB variant was not announced but they are already listed in all the major carriers in the US like in the case of Note 5. Colors are also the same with Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and the one in the picture, White Pearl.

Prices are higher than the Note 5 and availability is completely different. The S6 edge+ is going to be available in most markets very soon as the Note 5 misses the Europe for now, probably until early 2016 for reasons we don’t understand. Prices start at $815 for 32GB model and $915 for the 64GB variant. In Europe it retails at very salty 899€ and 999€.

At the moment it looks like Samsung wants to sell primarily the S6 edge+ in Europe. This might affect their sales because there has been much more interest in the Note 5 than in the scaled up S6 edge. Samsung might be shooting its own leg but we’ll wait and see.

Note 5 is official

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Samsung has officially announced one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year. After all the leaks, the Note 5 didn’t bring any surprises. 

The new Note 5 is Samsung’s multi-tasking flagship. During the keynote, Samsung told us that there are two kinds of people. The Note 5 is for multi-taskers and the second new device, S6 edge+ is for multimedia consumers.

The Note 5 is like we expected with 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7420 and 4GB of RAM. The latest leaks also predicted the decreased battery capacity right with the 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Samsung spent a lot of time talking about the past. They made it clear that they pioneered the phablet category with the Galaxy Note in 2011 and how Note lineup has always been the phablet to beat. The new Note 5 although brings Note lineup to the future. The new design is borrowed from Galaxy S6 with glass sandwich and metal sides. Samsung managed to make the device smaller in every dimension. They even compared it with the huge iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 5 has 0.2″ larger screen but still it fits inside the iPhone’s footprint. Unfortunately like with the S6, the new design comes with compromises. The Note 5 does not have microSD slot and it has a non-removable, smaller battery.

As you would expect, Samsung has packed the Note 5 with the best hardware possible. The SoC package is the same that’s inside the S6. Exynos 7420 is still the best CPU in the market with its 4 high performance Cortex A57 cores and 4 power saving Cortex A53 cores. For better multitasking there’s an extra gigabyte of LPDDR4 to give an industry leading 4GB of RAM. Note 5 has a 5.7″ 1440x2560p QHD Super AMOLED display and if we can predict anythig from the S6, it’s brighter, dimmer, blacker and more colorful than competing IPS displays.

Like every year, S-Pen, the stylus comes with new features. Most compelling two were the new option to take a note and scrolling screen capture. It’s now possible to write a note by just taking the S-Pen out of its silo and start writing a note even when the screen is off. The note will be saved by just pushing the pen back in. The scrolling screen capture is activated after taking a screenshot by pressing a button on the lower left corner. The feature extends the screenshot by one height of the screen and it can be extended until the end of the web page or Twitter feed. The S-Pen also have new ejection method. The end of the pen can be clicked to extend the end out, so that the pen is easy to take out with fingers.

Cameras are from the S6 but Note 5 can now use both OIS and software stabilization even with the 4K video recording. The 16MP rear camera is still the best smartphone camera in the market with LG’s G4. Front facing camera is 5MP and like the rear one, its F1.9 aperture for better low light performance.

The Note 5 comes with Samsung Pay capabilities which we are talking about in a separate article.

We have very mixed feeling with the Note 5. It’s a great multitasker and all-rounder but lack of expendable storage and replaceable battery are ruining its reputation as a road warrior’s smartphone. The 3000mAh battery is not going to last two days like before and as 64GB is the biggest available storage option, it’s not going to carry a 100GB music library. Luckily we already hear rumors about a 128GB model.

Still, Note 5 is the most complete phablet in the market right now. Productive multitasking features, brilliant screen and understated design make a great device and most likely it’s going to sell well even with its high price of around $800 for the 32GB version.

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Availability is still big question. The Note 5 will be available on 21 August in the US but we have heard that the S6 edge+ is going to be the primary device to sell in most markets and it’ll launch earlier. The Note 5 will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and as in the pictures, Silver Titanium.

Rumor: Xperia S-series flagships

 

Rumors claim that Sony will bring a new S-series of flagship Xperias later this year. The new lineup won’t affect to Z-series and will be in different price range

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Currently Sony’s flagship lineup is the Z-series which after a couple of years of 6 month upgrade rhythm has been a little messed up this year. Officially Z3 is still flagship as Z3+ is just an upgraded version and Z4 is the Z3+ in some markets and Z4v is the Verizon version and all those have a little different specifications. Confusing isn’t it?

Now, according to rumors from Germany, Sony has fortunately changed their strategy a little bit. WinFuture claims that there will be a new flagship lineup. Xperia S60 and S70 would be in a different price range than the current Z-flagships. The site also knows the price ranges. S60 would cost under 700€ and S70 under 840€. The new flagships should be released before IFA 2015

We have no idea about the specifications but if the S-lineup will be just normal flagship lineup, not any luxus kind of thing, we should expect a Snapdragon 820 CPU, QHD display and premium built quality with IPxx ratings. We know just one thing, both models will have 32GB of internal storage.

If the rumor is true, Samsung and Apple should have a serious competitor. Unfortunately Sony is famous of not pushing its products to all the carriers in the States. If they want to compete against the best, they should really get the S-series to all major carriers and have big marketing campaigns. Apple and Samsung currently have so fanatic user community that converting them will be difficult.