Samsung to unveil Galaxy Note 5 on August 14, expected to race new iPhone to market

Samsung today confirmed that it will make its next major smartphone announcement, presumably the Galaxy Note 5, on August 13 as part of an Unpacked Event in New York. Samsung will also stream the announcement online; factoring in different time zones, it will be begin at 1am EST on August 14.

While Samsung has traditionally unveiled its new Note-branded phablet in September as part of the IFA tech conference, there had been speculation that it would do so earlier this year, presumably to beat the 2015 iPhone models to market. Last year's Note 4 went on sale at the beginning of November in Australia, a month and a half after the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were available.

Rumours have suggested that the Note 5 will continue to make use of a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, run Android 5.1.1, feature a Samsung-built octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and the company's trademark S-Pen. It is expected that the Note 5 will feature similar wireless charging capabilities to those found in the Galaxy S6.

Samsung is also rumoured to be unveiling the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, a phablet-sized version of the Galaxy S6 Edge. While the S6 Edge Plus is expected to have a similar display to the Note 5, leaks suggest that it won't include a stylus; it's key differentiating feature is expected to be the dual-curve screen.

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