Just like we expected, Samsung is pushing up the launch of its next-gen Galaxy device, and will hold an Unpacked event on Aug. 13th 2015. In recent years, Samsung has unveiled its new Galaxy Note devices at the IFA trade show in Berlin, scheduled for Sept. 4-9 this year. Recently, however, there were rumors that it would instead hold an event in mid-August, and invites for the Aug. 13th New York City presser went out yesterday evening.
The invitation features an image of a phone-shaped device covered by tapering waves, but few other details are revealed. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. ET and will be live-streamed on Samsung’s YouTube channel.
Why the earlier unveiling? Sources explained to Reuters this month that Samsung needs to recover from financial losses, and might also want to beat Apple to the punch. Cupertino usually unveils its new iPhones in September.
Still unconfirmed by Samsung, details of a Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus were published recently by SamMobile, which tipped 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screens, with 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution available in black, gold, silver, and white.
The dual-edge curved screen on the S6 Edge Plus will according to the tech blog, counter the Note 5’s flat display. Both phablets will reportedly feature glass backs, but may lack a removable battery and microSD card slot.
Codenamed Project Noble, Samsung’s next-gen Note is expected to feature an Exynos 7422 processor, with a chipset that combines a 64-bit octa-core CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, and the Shannon LTE modem.
The S6 Edge Plus, or Project Zen, will feature a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 32GB of internal storage, a 16-megapixel camera with OIS and 4K video recording, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery, running Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box.