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Samsung Electronics has officially launched the all new Galaxy Note5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ at a launch event at the Raffles Hotel in Dubai. And I got a chance to take a close look at the new devices.

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Samsung says that the Galaxy Note5 now has a glass-metal design philosophy, similar to the one on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. The Galaxy Note5 weighs 176g, and has a thickness of 7.6mm which is significantly slimmer and lighter than the previous Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung claims that the new S-Pen is now easier to eject and remove, thanks to the new push button at the tip of the pen. When it comes to battery, the Note5 can do a full recharge in 120mins wireless, and 90mins with wired chargers.

It seems a new feature called the Scroll Capture lets you snap the entire webpage in the Note5. Samsung has also introduced the SideSync feature which can sync your smartphone notifications to your Windows PC or Mac. Also, you can live broadcast videos via YouTube. An interesting feature of the Note5 is that you can take down notes without the need to turn on the display from standby mode.

The Samsung Galaxy Note5 will come in Black, Gold, White and Titanium colors. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the biggest flagship of the S6 series. Both the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, and the Galaxy Note5 shares similar features such as 5.7-inch 2K display, a 16MP main camera, a 5MP selfie camera with face-stabilization, Exynos 7420 processor along with 4GB DDR4 RAM, and storage options ranging from 32GB up to 128GB.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available from the 28th of August, 2015. The 32GB Note5 will cost 2799 AED, and the 32GB S6 Edge+ for AED 3,099 and the 64GB S6 Edge+ will have a price tag of AED 3,399.

Take a look at our hands on of the Samsung Galaxy Note5, and the Galaxy S6 Edge+

Press Release

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

The 5.7” Galaxy Note5 redefines multitasking and dual-edge Galaxy S6 edge+ elevates multimedia

 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—August 18, 2015Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in consumer electronics, unveiled the fifth generation of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S6 edge+ in the GCC today. Smartly designed with the most advanced S Pen on the market and next-level wireless charging technology, the Galaxy Note5 is set to raise productivity to new heights, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ delivers the ultimate multimedia experience.

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 an unparalleled set of productivity tools such as ‘SideSync,’ along with much refined S Pen capabilities to better serve the major multitasker.

“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.”

Both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 blend form and function with industry-leading features, including: the best screen technology, the most advanced camera for high quality photos and videos, the latest fast wireless and wired charging, and an incredibly powerful processor. With increased 4GB RAM, both smartphones offer the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market, enabling users to enjoy more seamless multi-tasking, keep up with messages, post updates to social networks faster, and enjoy graphic-heavy games without suffering lag time. 

Globally Samsung also launched Samsung Pay, Samsung’s simple and safe 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.

Perfect for Multi-taskers

The Galaxy Note5 is a stunning upgrade to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line – more powerful and more personal than ever. 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.  

Engineered to help people get more done faster, 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 unique clicking mechanism allows users to pop the S Pen out with just one quick click. Users can now 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+ best for multimedia experience

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ was developed from the same distinctive design of Galaxy S6 edge, and is even more elegant, understated, and finely crafted. It features the new ‘Apps edge’ for easy access to favorite apps, and enhanced ‘People edge’ for easy communications with preferred contacts. ‘Apps edge’ allows users to access their favorite 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 unprecedented multimedia capabilities with deeper screen contrast and details owing to Samsung’s industry-leading 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display.

Samsung is also enabling consumers to share the moments of 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 sharp, crisp 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 advanced 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. Theembedded 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 ultra-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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