Samsung Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Likely at August 13 Unpacked 2015
The event, slated for the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, likely will feature the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 phablet and its Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. There are also rumors the vendor will unveil a new round smartwatch called the Gear A. The image on Samsung’s press invitation for the event suggests a new S6 Edge handset is waiting in the wings.
In announcing the date and time of Unpacked 2015, Samsung didn’t provide any other details other than it plans to stream the event live. If the Korean manufacturer follows previous form, it will begin sales of both devices two weeks later.
Introducing the next generation Note phablet someplace other than the IFA trade show in Berlin is a change of pace for Samsung not only in venue but also in timing. But the vendor appears willing to gamble that a month’s head start before Apple (AAPL) releases the next iPhone, rumored for sometime in September, will pay dividends in increased early sales for the Note and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
Last September, Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus rollout to huge fanfare and stampeding sales dwarfed Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 introduction held only a week earlier. The Korean manufacturer, whose sales of of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have not met expectations, desperately needs a hit mobile product to stem its continuing losses.
Samsung also is expected to kick off Samsung Pay in the U.S. market in mid-August.
Here are some specs and details on the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, according to SamMobile:
- The Note 5 will have a new metal and glass design. It will not have a microSD slot and it will feature 4GB of RAM
- The Galaxy Note 5’s stylus will have the same color options as the device, offered in silver, gold, black and white, the same as with the Note 4
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will feature an extremely thin screen bezel, similar to the new Galaxy A8
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be a phablet version of the Galaxy S6 edge with a curve on either side of the screen and the same color options as the Note 5
- The Galaxy S6 edge+ will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 chip rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808. It will feature 3GB of RAM
Samsung is expected to post disappointing earnings for its Q2 2015 by week’s end, its seventh straight quarter of declining profits.
Earlier this month, the vendor cautioned that its Q2 operating profit will slide 4.2 percent from this time last year to about 6.9 trillion won. The vendor said revenue likely dropped to 48 trillion won, down 8.4 percent from last year, and well below analysts’ expectations of 53 trillion won.
Researcher Strategy Analytics estimates Samsung sold up to 76 million smartphones in Q2, up slightly from the 74.5 million units it sold at the same time last year.
The vendor’s expected final Q2 results follow a disappointing Q1 that saw its earnings slip again with a 31 percent year-over-year decline to 5.9 trillion won. The loss closely mirrored its Q4 2014 performance when profit fell 27 percent to 5.3 trillion won from the prior year.