Saturday, August 15, 2015

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet with curved screen, 16MP camera and Samsung Pay

Samsung has unveiled its latest handset hoping to take a slice of Apple's phablet market share. 


The new Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a larger, smarter version of the original S6 Edge but maintains its curved screen and colourful notifications.
Samsung also announced the Note 5, another phablet with similar specs and multi-tasking software.

The 5.7-inch phablet will compete with the forthcoming iPhone, expected to launch in September.

Just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung’s latest handset gives consumers more screen space, is launching with a payment service and even has 'plus' in the title.
The payment service, called Samsung Pay, will work with both MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies to allow people to make purchases without reaching for their wallet.

As with Apple Pay, customers can simply tap their phone on a retail store's payment.
Samsung is supplementing NFC with a technology from LoopPay.It replicates the magnetic-strip signals on plastic cards, so it works with more merchants.
While NFC transactions can be authorised through the phones' fingerprint sensors, LoopPay transactions may still require a physical signature.
The handset itself is made of metal and glass


The handset (pictured back) is 12mm longer and 5mm wider than the original edge (foreground), but marginally thinner at 6.9mm, down from 7mm
It is powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor processor and 4GB RAM, which Samsung said gives it ‘the most powerful capacity and processing power on the market,’ letting people load screens faster and play graphic heavy games without having to wait as long.
The handset is 12mm longer and 5mm wider than the original edge, but marginally thinner at 6.9 mm, down from 7mm

The new handset (pictured) will also support Wi-Fi Calling via EE, enabling high-quality calls in more places when only connected by Wi-Fi, and also comes with the latest version of Android Lollipop

It will come with either 32GB or 64GB of storage and will be sold in a choice of either ‘gold platinum’ or ‘black sapphire’
The new handset will also support Wi-Fi Calling, enabling high-quality calls in more places when only connected by Wi-Fi, but this will only be available via EE.
It also comes with the latest version of Android Lollipop.
Elsewhere, the S6 Edge+ has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super Amoled display and a 16MP rear camera, with a 5MP front camera for selfies.
The cameras have ‘quick launch’ meaning they can launch in less than a second at a double click of the home button, meaning users will be able to capture surprise images.
It also has improved video features such as Steady Video, which provides image stabilisation for the rear and front cameras for sharper videos.
And Video Collage Mode allows people to record and edit short clips on their handsets easily.
As seen on its predecessor, the phone features ‘Apps edge’ which provides instant access to users’ favourite apps with a swipe of the edge display.
Another, called ‘People edge’ displays a user’s favourite contacts down the side of the screen.
Inside the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is a 3,000mAh battery designed to charge faster than previous models - taking just 90 minutes to fully charge, or 120 minutes using wireless technology. according to Samsung.
The new handset (pictured right, alongside the original edge) has a a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super Amoled display and a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera for selfies
‘At Samsung, we’re committed to offering our customers a best in class technology experience, providing the ultimate on-the-go immersive multimedia viewing experience,’ said Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland.
Just like Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus (pictured right alongside the iPhone 6), Samsung’s latest handset gives consumers more screen space, is launching with a payment service and even has 'plus' in the title
The launch of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ delivers on this promise.
'Combining the world’s first dual edge display with a range of intuitive features and an incredibly vivid, large screen, we’re re-emphasising our ongoing commitment to bold, fearless innovation that meets the needs of today’s consumers.’
The handset will be available to pre-order from August 18 and to buy from September 4 in the UK. Customers who buy it in the UK before the end of September will get a free six months subscription to Google Play Music - an ad-free streaming service with 30 million songs as well as playlists and radio stations (shown)
The handset will be available to pre-order from August 18 and to buy from September 4 in the UK.
It will be available on EE, O2 and Three.
Customers who buy it in the UK before the end of September will get a free six-month subscription to Google Play Music - an ad-free streaming service with 30 million songs as well as playlists and radio stations.
Samsung also launched the Note 5 handset, which won’t go on sale in the UK but will be available from August 21 in the US

Samsung also launched the Note 5 handset (right), which won’t go on sale in the UK but will be available from August 21 in the US. Like the S6 Edge+ (left), the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch screen and is designed to 'feel more luxurious' than its predecessor. President and chief executive J.K.Shin is pictured holding the new devices
Like the S6 Edge+ (pictured left), the Note 5 (right) has a 5.7-inch screen and is designed to 'feel more luxurious' than its predecessor

Like the S6 Edge+, the Note 5 has a 5.7-inch screen and is designed to 'feel more luxurious' than its predecessor.
It also has a more advanced stylus, or S-pen that clicks into place at the base of the handset.
Elsewhere, the handset's specifications are similar to the S6 Edge+, with the addition of software built for multi-tasking, such as Air View and Snap Note.
Rob Kerr, mobiles expert at uSwitch.com, told MailOnline: ‘If there’s one message Samsung rammed home today, it’s that bigger is better.
‘Samsung’s attempts to reclaim the throne from Apple as King of Phablets - with not one but two 5.7 inch screens – reminds us who was the first mobile maker to bring supersize smartphones to the mainstream market with the very first Note.
‘For UK mobile users, the difficult choice between the S6 Edge+ and the Note5 has been made for us, as the Note5 won’t be available here. That’s a shame, because the Note – once plastic and pleather – just got classier, with a metal and glass makeover.
‘Samsung must be hedging its bets on the S6 edge+ being successful as an iPhone challenger in the UK.
The Note 5 It has a more advanced stylus, or S-pen (shown above alongside the handset) that clicks into place at the base of the handset
‘And pitting the S6 edge+ against the upcoming iPhone – just weeks away from hitting the shelves – could be an ingenious move, using it to tempt Apple fans ahead of the September launch.’
Kent German from CNET added: 'Today's event is one of Samsung's biggest product launches this year and an opportunity for the company to reverse months of declining profits.
‘Its Galaxy Note line remains popular, but it's no longer the only big screen phone on the market with competition from rivals like LG, HTC, and most recently Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.
‘Also, Samsung's decision to announce its new Note in August - rather than in September as it's done in previous years - is a deliberate move to get ahead of Apple.’

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