Samsung Getting Ready To Officially Announce Galaxy Note 5 And Gear VR To Combat New iPhone

Samsung is holding a special media event on August 13, and International Business Times has the details.

“Samsung is holding a special media event on Aug. 13 where it is expected to unveil two new premium smartphones, dubbed the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+. Although the South Korean technology giant has not provided any images of the upcoming devices, pictures of what are said to be the official press renders of the two new Samsung smartphones leaked online Friday.”

Indeed, the photos that leaked on Friday are said to be accurate.

Engadget says that the update to the Galaxy Note is evolutionary, not revolutionary.

“From all indications, at least the Note 5 is going to be more of a refinement (at least, in terms of hardware) of the Note 4 than a revolution. You’re still looking at a 5.7-inch quad HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 32GB of built-in storage.”

Engadget goes on to note that the biggest changes to the Note 5 include an octa-core processor, an upgrade to 4GB of RAM, and a 5MP front camera. Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung has definitely removed the microSD card slot that people loved so much on previous Note devices.

Unfortunately, Samsung will keep the 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution screen. Many were hoping that Samsung would be the first to put a 4K screen on a device, especially since they are expected to announce the first commercial version of the Gear VR virtual reality headset on August 13 as well. The 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution is still outstanding for a mobile device. However, once the device is put in front of the eyes in a virtual reality headset, individual pixels can be noticed and create what is known as the “screen door effect.”

Samsung is going to release the new Galaxy Note 5 before Apple puts out their next phablet, the iPhone 6s Plus, in stores. Even though Samsung started the phablet genre with the original Galaxy Note in 2011, Apple’s first phablet, 2014’s iPhone 6 Plus, has taken over in terms of sales and overall popularity.

According to Tech Times, the iPhone 6s Plus, as well as the regular 6s, will sport a protruding camera that annoyed so many iPhone 6 and 6 Plus buyers. Samsung has the advantage of the Galaxy Note 5 not having a protruding camera. Which phablet are you most excited by — the Galaxy Note 5 or the iPhone 6s Plus? Let us know in the comments section.

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