Samsung’s not waiting around for everyone else at IFA this year; for 2015’s big Q3 launches, the company’s instead turning to its own Unpacked event a few weeks in advance of the big expo. Between official teasers, leaks, and rumor after rumor, it may seem like many of the secrets of today’s event have already been revealed, but we trekked down to New York City anyway to see first-hand just what Samsung had to reveal. This morning, the company wasted no time getting right to business, as JK Shin revealed Samsung’s latest smartphones, including the Galaxy Note 5.
Just as rumored, the new Galaxy Note gets a redesigned S Pen, now clicking into place with a spring-loaded mechanism (though no software control as once suggested).
The 5.7-inch phablet gets a quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, and will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. Samsung’s Exynos 7420 SoC powers the handset, which also finds itself armed with a 16MP main camera with advanced OIS capabilities, as well as a front-facing 5MP sensor – both with f/1.9 apertures.
Samsung’s long experimented with wireless charging on its smartphones, and that’s just as true with the Galaxy Note 5. The phablet doesn’t just do wireless charging or fast charging, but combined wireless, fast charging. That means going from zero to full, wirelessly, in just two hours.
Software tweaks give users the ability to start jotting down messages as soon as ejecting the S Pen, even before waking the phone, and a digital video stabilization mode keeps video as stable as still shots.
Color options for the Note 5 will include white pearl, black sapphire, gold platinum, and silver titanium.
Sales of the Galaxy Note 5 begin in the US and Canada next week, on August 21. Pre-orders open this afternoon at 3PM.