Samsung unveils Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ in the GCC

Enhanced capabilities for productivity, multitasking and multi-media consumption in the new devices

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ in the GCC The redesigned S pen with improved capabilities is among the standout features of the Galaxy Note5.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 19, 2015

Samsung has unveiled the fifth generation of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S6 edge+ in the GCC.

With an enhanced S Pen and new wireless charging technology, the Galaxy Note5 is built for productivity, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ delivers on multimedia consumption.

With a 5.7” screen, the Galaxy Note5 is the latest addition to a category that Samsung pioneered in 2011 with the original Galaxy Note—the large-screen phone. On the new Note, the large Quad HD Super AMOLED screen is the window to a set of productivity tools such as ‘SideSync,’ along with much refined S Pen capabilities to better serve the major multitasker, Samsung said.

“When we designed the first Galaxy Note four years ago, we gave portability and productivity to the consumer, and redefined the mobile industry in the process. By making the display larger and redesigning the stylus, we got rid of some hard-worn crutches of the mobile industry, and developed a device that actively addressed some major pain points for consumers,” said Hayssam Yassine, Head of the IM Division at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “With the new Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, we continue that approach of matching our innovations to the needs of real consumers.”

Key highlights of the new Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 include the screen technology, camera, fast wireless and wired charging and a powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer greater capacity and processing power, enabling new levels of multi-tasking, messaging, faster social media updates, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time. 

Globally Samsung also launched Samsung Pay mobile payment service. Protected by Samsung KNOX, fingerprint verification and digital tokenization, Samsung Pay works with both MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, bringing consumers closer than ever to a world without wallets. Currently Samsung Pay is only available in select markets and will be regionally available in the future.

The Galaxy Note5 is a significant upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line. Inspired by the design legacy of the Galaxy S6, it ergonomically fits in one hand thanks to a narrower bezel and curved back. The flat screen is great to write on and the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.  

The Galaxy Note5 also includes a redesigned S Pen that feels more solid and balanced in the user’s hand, offering improved writing capabilities and a variety of practical tools. A new clicking mechanism allows users to pop the S Pen out with just one quick click. Users can also quickly jot down ideas or information when the screen is off without even unlocking the phone. The ‘Air Command’ feature gets more intuitive and practical as well; now the icon hovers for instant access to all of S Pen tools from any screen at any time. Users can even annotate on PDF files and capture lengthy web articles or long images at once via ‘Scroll Capture.’

Galaxy S6 edge+ geared for multimedia

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ was developed from the same design concept of the Galaxy S6 edge, only more elegant, understated, and finely crafted, Samsung says. It features the new ‘Apps edge’ for easy access to favourite apps, and ‘People edge’ for easy communications with preferred contacts. ‘Apps edge’ allows users to access their favourite apps by just swiping the edge display. ‘People edge’ helps users to connect their close contacts easily. From the edge screen, users can quickly find their pre-set contacts and send message or give a call directly.

Powerful core Galaxy features

Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 feature enhanced multimedia capabilities with deeper screen contrast and details owing to the 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display.

Samsung is also enabling consumers to share the moments in their lives through photos and video with improved video capabilities. These include ‘Steady Video,’ which provides ‘Video Digital Image Stabilization’ on both the front and rear cameras for sharper video on-the-go, and ‘Video Collage Mode,’ which allows users to record and edit short videos easily in various frames and effects. The Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ also feature 4K Video filming and Live Broadcast, which let users instantly live-stream Full HD video straight from their phone to any individual, group of contacts, or even the public through YouTube Live. Anyone who receives the YouTube link from a Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ user is able to enjoy live stream video from his or her smartphone, tablet, PC or Smart TV with YouTube connectivity.

Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ users will also benefit from Samsung’s camera system, including ‘Quick Launch’ (double click the home button to launch the camera within 0.6 seconds), ‘Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR),’ and ‘Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)’ and brand-new filters.

The Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ feature Samsung’s fast wired and wireless charging technology. The embedded wireless charging technology is compatible with virtually any wireless pad available today. With wired charging, both devices can be fully charged in approximately 90 minutes, and through Samsung’s latest wireless charger, they can be fully charged in approximately 120 minutes.

Samsung’s newest devices are further upgraded to support SideSync, which offers both wireless and wired PC-smartphone integration for seamless connections across devices. Thanks to auto-detection and an quick setup, users can instantly connect their Samsung device to their PC or tablet for easy access to files and data across all platforms and operating systems.

In addition, Samsung’s Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ feature enhanced security functions with KNOX Active Protection (built into devices / out of the box) and My KNOX (app with simple/fast setup), which further protect sensitive personal and work data.

The Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available at all major retailers in the UAE from August 28, 2015. Both devices will come in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.

The Galaxy Note5 32GB and the Galaxy S6 edge+ 32GB will retail at AED 2,799 and AED 3,099, respectively, and the Galaxy S6 edge+ 64GB version will retail at AED 3,399.

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