Samsung S6 Edge Plus and Note 5 likely to be announced at the Unpacked event on August 13

Those who are familiar with Samsung’s mobile strategy know that the company likes to announce important devices during events called Galaxy Unpacked. Well, Samsung has just confirmed that a new Unpacked event will take place on August 13 in New York City.

While Samsung doesn’t say exactly what it’s going to show us on that day, rumors have it that August 13 will be the announcement date of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
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The simple image that Samsung is using as an invitation to the event – seen at the top of the post – suggests that we’re going to see a handset with a curved display (obviously, this should be the S6 Edge Plus). The image’s geometry reminds us of the teaser photos that the company used earlier this year before officially unveiling the Galaxy S6 edge.

Both the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 are expected to feature 5.7-inch displays with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), 16 MP rear cameras, 4 GB of RAM, and Exynos 7420 processors. Only the S6 Edge Plus will sport a curved screen, while the Note 5 should have the advantage of featuring an S Pen stylus.

Like many other announcements lately, the new Galaxy Unpacked event is going to be livestreamed, so anyone will be able to see what Samsung is announcing in real time.

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Apple’s Q3 2015 Earnings: 47.5M iPhones Sold, Highest Android Switch Rate Ever!

Apple has posted its third quarter earnings report for 2015 this afternoon, and says it has broken its own record for the three-month period. The company earned a net profit of $10.7 billion on $49.6 billion in revenue.

That money comes from strong international hardware sales, which accounted for 64% of all revenue. Overall, Apple moved 47.5 million iPhones and 10.9 million iPads during its third quarter, as well as 4.8 million Macs.

Here is a breakdown of the numbers this year, vs. Q3 in 2014:

  • Revenue: $49.6 billion versus $37.4 billion
  • iPhone units: 47.5 million versus 35.2 million
  • iPad units: 10.9 million versus 13.2 million
  • Mac units: 4.8 million versus 4.4 million

And here are some comments from CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri:

“We had an amazing quarter, with iPhone revenue up 59 percent over last year, strong sales of Mac, all-time record revenue from services, driven by the App Store, and a great start for Apple Watch,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The excitement for Apple Music has been incredible, and we’re looking forward to releasing iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2 to customers in the fall.”

“In the third quarter our year-over-year growth rate accelerated from the first half of fiscal 2015, with revenue up 33 percent and earnings per share up 45 percent,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We generated very strong operating cash flow of $15 billion, and we returned over $13 billion to shareholders through our capital return program.”

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There weren’t any surprises this quarter, as Apple hit most of Wall Street’s expectations. iPhone sales were a little low, however, causing the company’s stock to drop 6% in after-hours trading, and iPad sales continue to fall.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook revealed that this quarter saw the highest number of Android switchers ever.

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Here’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, coming on August 12 with an Auto-Eject S Pen?

galaxy-note-5-case-s-penToday a Galaxy Note 5 case from Ringke has caught our eye which raises a very important question about the S Pen. Note that  Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy Note 5 on August 12 instead of waiting till IFA 2015 in September.

The S Pen has always been a staple on the Galaxy Note lineup and Samsung is sticking with it this time around as well however it appears to have changed the way it’s ejected. Previously you would just push it out using your nail but in all renders of the device we have seen so far the S Pen appears to sit flushed with the frame thus making it impossible to eject it using that method.

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Is Samsung going with a push-to-release mechanism for the Galaxy Note 5 or will the S Pen be able to auto-eject? Lets not forget that Samsung does have a patent on auto-eject technology for the S Pen which would not only make things easier but would look certainly look cool.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Officially Announced

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced the global launch of the Galaxy Tab S2, the most immersive Samsung tablet to-date. Samsung’s newest Galaxy tablet continuously delivers a stunning Super AMOLED display perfectly optimized for reading and viewing any type of digital content. The Galaxy Tab S2 is stylishly designed with the thinnest and lightest metal frame of its size on the market and packs powerful performance features to offer enhanced usability, empowering users with new and improved choices in productivity and multitasking.

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“The Galaxy Tab S2 is not only our thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever, it also gives users quick, easy access to a wealth of superior viewing and productivity features,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “We believe the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the most complete personal visual device designed for consumers to carry and use anywhere.”

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Newly Optimized Super AMOLED Display for the Best Content Viewing

At just 5.6mm thin and only 389g (9.7 -inch) and 265g (8.0 -inch) weight*, the Galaxy Tab S2 is perfectly designed for reading and consuming content due to its stunning Super AMOLED Display. By recreating the same viewing experience of browsing through traditional print media, the Galaxy Tab S2 also makes it comfortable to read digital content, including e-books, magazines, webpages and newsfeeds. This reading-optimized ratio allows the user to enjoy a seamless reading experience without unnecessary scrolling.
00_SM-T815_Black_black_Standard_Online_SThe tablet also presents deeper contrast and more precise detail to provide a best-in-class reading experience with the Super AMOLED display delivering 94% of natural tones to show true-to-life colors (Adobe RGB color standard). Users can now enjoy galleries of vividly detailed photos and effortlessly shop online while viewing the most accurate images on the Galaxy Tab S2.

In addition, the Galaxy Tab S2 continually offers its advanced screen technology to display bright and natural content for a more comfortable visual experience. Adaptive Displayintelligently adjusts gamma, saturation, and sharpness based on the application, the color temperature of the viewing environment and ambient lighting. Also, Reading Mode modifies the screen’s brightness level to help users to read content for longer periods of time without straining their eyes.

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Packaged within the world thinnest and lightest metal tablet frame of its size, the Galaxy Tab S2 is portable enough to easily carry around all day. Also, the fashionable and stylish design is suitable for any purpose or setting, so user can enjoy the best viewing experience anywhere, anytime.

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