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Samsung banks on classy looks and high perfomance with Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+

Mikael Ricknäs and Marc Ferranti | Aug. 14, 2015
The company's two new smartphones will start shipping this month.

The screen size on both models has remained unchanged from the Note 3 and Note 4 at about 5.7 inches, and the resolution has stayed at 1440 by 2560 pixels. The quad high definition resolution is starting to make sense on the larger screens, and is one of main strengths of the Note 5 and S6 edge+.

After a slow start with last year's launch of the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung's bet on a screen with curved edges caught on with the S6 edge. Unfortunately, Samsung underestimated demand for that model, and only had a limited supply available, according to analysts.

The company is now hoping to build on that momentum with the S6 edge+. The curved screen helps it stand out from other smartphones, but Samsung is still struggling to come up with effective ways of using that feature. The S6 edge+ has an "apps edge" for easy access to favorite apps, and an enhanced "people edge" for easy communications with preferred contacts, the company said.

For users that want Samsung's S Pen, the Note 5 is the model to buy. With every generation, Samsung has improved the accuracy of the pen to make it more useful. The Galaxy Note 5 has an all new S Pen that feels more solid and balanced in the user's hand, according to Samsung.

Both the Note 5 and S6 edge+ will be available in stores in the U.S. and Canada on August 21 and globally later this month.

Pricing wasn't immediately available, but both newcomers are expected to come with big price tags. As a frame of reference, the Note Edge with 32GB of storage costs US$840 without a contract from U.S. mobile operator Sprint's website.

 

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