Samsung has some work to do if it’s going to beat gain some market share back from Apple, avoid the iPhone 6S onslaught and turn-around the perennial sales slump. Its first major move? To launch its Next Big Thing a few weeks early…
It’s coming early
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Samsung is considering a mid-August unveiling of the Note 5. Why? To avoid the inevitable cacophony of iPhone 6S news that’s sure to drown out Samsung’s rapidly dwindling ‘look at our new phone!’ whimper.
Releasing it early makes perfect sense. The Note 4 and Note 4 Edge went on sale a few weeks after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which affected both coverage and sales. Samsung needs to hold the public’s gaze just long enough to convince people to pre-order the new tech long before Apple’s attention black-hole opens up.
It also means without Samsung’s traditional big, brash, press conference, IFA might be a bit rubbish this year.
whether it’s removable or not. With Samsung shifting design for its flagship Galaxy S6, it’s likely that it will do the same for the Note series. The increased battery size should placate those that feel they need the option to swap out batteries. But let’s not get too rational
Epop, which isn’t a new – eastern-based – genre of pop music, but a new type of system of chip. A new SoC isn’t typically the most exciting news to write home about, but it could explain why Samsung can include a much bigger battery in the new Note 5.
Epop (embedded package on package) combines all essential memory components into a single package that can be stacked directly on top of the mobile processor, without taking any additional space. Samsung says this could save up to 40% of space in a traditional smartphone set, alongside being more efficient.
The Note series doesn’t play by the same rules as the flagships, it doesn’t have to be slimmer with every new addition. Previous Notes have swung back and forth on the width-pendulum. So it’s entirely possible that we’ll see a similar-sized Note 5, but with much more space for both a bigger battery and Samsung’s inevitable annual hardware gimmick….
Popping out S-pen
Photos have already leaked of the new S Pen. It looks largely the same, except for one new feature – it pops out. Rumours are saying that it will be able to pop-out on command (perhaps by voice) when needed. Don’t forget to look out for a Note 5 in the next Bond film, where 007 uses a modded S Pen as a projectile that somehow saves the world.
It’s not yet clear if Samsung will launch a dual-curved screen version of the Note 5, but given the interest in the S6 Edge, it’s entirely likely. Will a dual-curved version come with extra functionality? Possibly. Samsung filed a patent last November, which Patently Mobile picked up on, which suggests that a future curved device will make use of the edges. It gives the examples of using the extra display space as volume control, or even a way of bringing up the keyboard when both palms are pressed against it.
The design itself is, strangely, still a mystery. SamMobile has reported that it will have 4GM of RAM and follow the S6’s lead in design (a glass front and rear panel), but we’re still in the dark about measurements and other design-related things. Not to mention the ‘will they, won’t they’ drama surrounding the microSD slot.
If Samsung doesn’t decide to include expandable memory, there’s always another option….