Samsung has geared up tight against Apple by launching the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 at the Unpacked event in New York. While Samsung has hit bull’s eye with its gigantic phones, Apple is also heading that way. Therefore, Samsung needs to grab all the limelight before Apple does in September with the next iPhone. Unpacked did not just reveal the new flagships but also revealed a new mobile payment system from Samsung, besides a new hardware keyboard add on.
With the new Galaxy Note 5, Samsung dumped its premium leather and polycarbonate at last. The tacky design interface of the previous Note variants is now replaced by glass and metal. The Edge+ reminds us of the Galaxy S6 and comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and the classic Note stylus. The software has received a new update as well, but the Note 5 makes the stylus more interesting. Wait until 21 August, 2015 to get your hands on the handset.
Edge+ Gets Edgier
With the Galaxy Edge+, Samsung offers a biggie version of S6 Edge and packs in a 5.7-inch display. It is done up in glass and metal but the Edge factor has been spruced up. You can use the Edge to access the most popular contacts and recently used applications. This accounts for quicker navigation. The handset will be on the racks starting 21 August, 2015.
Of note is the fact that while the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ have camera specs similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6, users can now stream videos live from camera to YouTube on the new handsets. The streaming speed is expected to be 1080p at 60fps and videos will be eligible for being pushed immediately live.
Pay With Samsung Now
The biggest surprise was perhaps the release of Samsung Pay that the maker vouches to offer as a way more accessible option than Apple Pay. Samsung Pay makes use of MST and NFC that help beam out a magnetic code, which will function like the magnetic stripe we swipe on all credit or debit cards. Samsung Pay will be compatible with most card readers and for now will be available in USA on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 from September.
What we can assure you is that Samsung is taking Apple’s iPhone threat seriously enough to dole out innovations on its products never before expected.