Take a closer look at Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+

11:53:00 PM Dickwyn Y 0 Comments

It's no secret that Samsung is pushing the launch of the Galaxy Note 5 forward just to get a headstart at Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6S which will be arriving in September. While we have seen quite a lot about the Galaxy Note 5, these new images paint a full picture as to how the device stacks up against the iPhone 6 Plus.

As expected the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a similar design scheme like on the Galaxy S6 announced this year and it's curvier companion, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is basically just a enlarged Galaxy S6 edge. Both devices will come with 5.7" QHD AMOLED display and is powered by Samsung's new octa core Exynos processor which is just as powerful as the Snapdragon 810 CPU from qualcomm.

But beyond the improved hardware, these two devices look alike from the metal frame to the glass build all around, Samsung is replicating the design of the Galaxy S6. These images also shows the new push-lock S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 and if you're expecting to see a microSD card or removable battery on either these devices, you will be disappointed.

There is also an image below comparing the Galaxy S6 Edge+ with the iPhone 6 Plus and while the former has a 5.7" display, it still looks more compact than the iPhone 6 Plus which has a slightly smaller 5.5" display. Besides these newfound images of Samsung's upcoming flagship devices, there's also a new thread on reddit which confirms a lot of information about both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Again, Samsung will be unveiling both these devices during a special Unpacked event this Thursday (August 13) and the only thing that we're yet to know is the price and the software features. The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to arrive in Malaysia by September 5 with a price of RM 2,999 for the base 32GB model.

Samsung Rep came to my retail location and I had a brief time with the two upcoming Samsung devices.
Some quick takeaways:
Overall shape of the Note 5 (to me) felt better in hand. The tapered back really "shrunk" the size down once in hand.
Super Amoled display looked great, especially on the curved screen of the S 6 Edge +.
Note 5 RAM (I know this is a hot topic with S6 users right now) was about at about 50% available after booting up the phone (according to smart manager).
I know it's been reported already, and some people who saw the press renders were hoping they saw an SD slot, but no. No external SD slots on either device.
Note users hoping we would see double the storage on base model, will be saddened to hear that it's 32gb at the base model. :(
6 Edge + has Apps Edge (like the Note Edge!). Swipe in once from the right and Apps Edge comes up, Swipe in again and it switches to people edge.
Double Click the home button for camera works on both.
Comparing it to my iPhone 6+ the Note 5 was slightly thicker, but it was both shorter in height and narrower in width and featured much better weight distribution. (iPhone 6+ feels awkwardly top heavy in comparison).
Note 5 S-Pen does in-fact use a push to pop mechanism.
Initially the cameras looked identical, however Note 5 was slightly brighter (probably negligible, but just passing along what I saw).
The devices I used were unbranded running on non-final software.
If I had to make a choice between the two on the spot, it would probably be the Note 5 because of how nice it felt in hand. It's not easy to make a HUGE phone not so huge in your hands. The 6 Edge+ display is drool worthy, but the hard edges digging into my palms wasn't my thing.