Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung has today announced two new smartphones in its mobile device line-up. With their large 5.7-inch screens the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ both qualify as phablets and share most components, including the camera. The only important differences between the two devices are the Note 5's S-Pen Stylus that in its latest incarnation has been improved for increased precision and sensitivity, and the curved dual-edges of the S6 Edge+ screen which, when swiped, will allow quick access to your favorite apps and contacts.

In the camera department both new models use the hardware that we have already seen on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. A 1/2.6-inch 16MP CMOS sensor is combined with a fast F1.9 aperture. Both cameras are capable of recording 4K video and in video mode the optical image stabilization system is now supported by an improved digital stabilization algorithm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

A new feature lets you live broadcast to Youtube and as before, the camera app comes with slow-motion, fast-motion, selective focus and virtual shot spheric panorama mode. A Pro mode for better access to manual camera control is on board as well but it appears that, like the S6 and S6 Edge, the new models do not support Raw capture.

On both phones images can be viewed and composed on 5.7-inch Quad-HD Super-AMOLED displays. Despite an unchanged screen size the Note 5's overall dimensions are slightly smaller than its predecessor, thanks to very thin bezels. Both models come with metal frames and glass backs which unfortunately means that batteries cannot be swapped but fast wireless charging that can take the battery from empty to full in approximately two hours should make up for the loss. Unfortunately there is no micro-SD slot either.

For those users who type a lot on their phones the optional keyboard cover looks like an interesting accessory. It will be available for $80 and attaches to the front of the device, making it look like a very large Blackberry. When not in use it snaps on the back and frees the screen for video-watching or other activities that do not benefit from a physical keyboard.

Both new models will be available from August 21 in the US and Canada through all major carriers, and US pre-orders start today. No information on contract-free pricing has been released yet. 

Galaxy Note 5 front
Galaxy Note 5 back

Key Specifications:

  • 1/2.6-inch BSI CMOS sensor
  • F1.9 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 4K video
  • 5MP front camera
  • 5.7-inch Quad HD (2.560 x 1.440) Super AMOLED display (518 ppi)
  • Exynos 7420 chipset with 64 bit Octa-Core processor
  • 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 3.000 mAh battery
  • Fast wireless charging
  • S-Pen stylus (Note 5 only)