It wasn’t long ago that Samsung announced its two latest flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ in New York. Mere weeks after the big launch, Samsung Malaysia Electronics today unveiled the two new smartphones to the masses, representing Samsung’s continuous commitment to the large-screen smartphone segment, which Samsung first ventured into in 2011 with the first Samsung Galaxy Note.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 Edge+ feature the same form factor and display size, with the exception of the latter’s dual edge screen, which provides easy access to your favourite apps, and an enhanced People edge shortcut for easy communication with your top five contacts.
Featuring a 5.7 inch qHD display, both the Note 5 and S6 edge+ are powered by Samsung’s 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, alongside 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, with 32GBs of storage space. Interestingly enough, the version of the smartphones that Malaysians will be receiving are the Note 5 and S6 edge+ DUOS versions, which support dual SIM card operation, perfect for businessmen who often use different numbers for work and personal life.
Both phones also sport similar optics in the form of a 16MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera with an aperture count of f1.9. The rear camera is not only capable of capturing some amazing photos under a variety of lighting conditions, but can also record video in 4K, something that Samsung has also started with the Note 4.
The Note 5 features an all new S Pen that is designed to feel more like an actual pen than a digitizer, offering improved writing capabilities, while packing a number of very useful tools. Samsung has also added a clicking mechanism to ensure that users are less likely to accidentally drop and lose the S Pen when using the phone.
The Air Command now is more practical as the S Pen tools all hover instantly for easy access to its many features, including Scroll capture, which allows you to capture lengthy articles and app screenshots in just a few taps.
Not only that, Samsung has also improved upon its wireless charging technology, which allows the Note 5 and S6 edge+ to charge from empty to full in two hours. Wired charging is even faster as the phones can be charged full in 90 minutes flat.
Available starting tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be available in Champagne Gold and Pearl White for RM2,699, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ will be available in Champagne Gold and Black Sapphire for RM3,099. Both prices are also inclusive of 6 percent GST.
Accessories are also aplenty, although the talk of the town is quite likely the new Samsung keyboard cover, providing users who prefer a physical keypad over the usual touch-based keyboard. Besides that, Samsung are also offering a variety of covers and power banks as optional accessories to accompany your newly-bought phone.
Samsung is also introducing a limited-time promotion campaign to celebrate the arrival of the Note 5 and S6 edge+ via roadshow events that will be held starting tomorrow. The first 200 people in line to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or S6 edge+ will be given a Golden Ticket that will allow them to purchase a second unit at half the price it costs to purchase one.
An exclusive trade-up campaign will also begin tomorrow, where Samsung fans can trade in their old smartphones for a brand new Galaxy Note 5. Simply bring your phone to the nearest Samsung authorized retail store for assessment, and you will get a rebate of up to RM1,150 and receive a discount on the new Note 5 purchase.
Every purchase of one of the two phones will also net you a free subscription to the online streaming service iflix for six months.