Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2015: What to expect!

August 12, 2015

Will we see a 4K display on the Note 5?

Tomorrow, Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event takes place in NYC at the Lincoln Centre. As the name implies the Note 5 global launch could be the highlight of the event. IFA is generally a major platform for releases from the Note stable, a pattern Samsung has followed for many years. But as is slowly becoming the case with majors, whether Apple, Microsoft or HTC, Samsung too have decided to veer clear of the packed stalls of IFA, and instead have a mega global launch of their own. So on to the Lincoln Centre then…

While the exact event schedule is aptly enough a mystery, we will definitely be seeing the Samsung Note 5 being revealed. Truly one of the standalone devices from the Galaxy series, the Galaxy Note series, for the longest time, was where Samsung did all of its innovating. It was the first handset to get split-screen multitasking, something Apple’s started to ape. The much maligned and seemingly retro stylus came back in full force on the Note series. A collaboration with Wacom, apps specific to the S Pen, windowed applets … Samsung truly went all out on getting the stylus an integral part of the phablet experience. The displays on the Note line have been consistently top notch. And not to forget, the line has been super consistent in its massive battery life.


Design-wise, we seem to be in for a change, moving away from the leather feel of the earlier iterations to a slick full metal body finish aka the S6. Early reveals, like this one by evleaks, look good, very good.

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In terms of specs, what can we expect from the Note 5? We had rumours of a massive 4K display, but recent reports on SamMobile imply the Galaxy Note 5 will feature a non-EDGE 5.7” Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution. Phablet enough. According to reports from both SamMobile and GSM Arena, Samsung is keen to continue what it started with its Galaxy S6 line inside its Note range, meaning a switch to faster UFS 2.0 memory, which can write and read data almost two times faster than eMMC 5.0

The Galaxy S6 saw Samsung parting ways with Qualcomm and exclusively using its own hardware, the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core chipset built on 14 nanometer FinFet production processes. For the Note 5, SamMobile mentions that the device could feature an upgraded Exynos 7422 chipset. This could be Samsung’s first foray into an all-in-one-solution with an integrated modem, with CPU, GPU, RAM and storage on one SoC. The device will also have 4GB of RAM. As for the battery, evleaks tweeted a few hours back that the device will have a 3,000 mAh battery, something that will be carried on the S6 edge as well. @evleaks also stated that the battery will offer 336 hours of standby and a max talk time of 21 hours.

It is largely expected that Samsung will also introduce a new variant of the Galaxy S6 Edge, in the form of the S6 Edge Plus. As a name like this suggests, the S6 Edge Plus is expected to be a bigger device at 5.7” with a Quad HD displays. The S6 Edge Plus is also said to be powered by an Exynos 7420 processor, have 4GB RAM with a 3,000 mAh battery, a step up from the 2,600 mAh battery which came on the Galaxy S6 Edge.

These highlights apart, can we expect something in the wearable space? A sneak peak at the Gear A round-faced smartwatch, perhaps?

The first full consumer version of the Gear VR virtual reality headset is set for a full-blown step into retail shelves this year. So there is a possibility we could see an announcement on this, maybe a collaboration with studios for content, perhaps?

So with a day to go, watch this space for more…

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.