The rumours were accurate. Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 today at its Unpacked event, ahead of schedule. We also got a glimpse of the Galaxy Gear S2 smartwatch to be launched at IFA next month. Here's everything you need to know about the Korean tech giant's new flagship smartphones.
Tagged With phablets
Huawei has never been a high-profile maker of flagship smartphones and tablets in Australia, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have some excellent devices -- you just have to do a little research to find them. The Ascend Mate7 is a 6.1-inch monster running a Huawei-built eight-core chipset, with a fingerprint sensor on the back, and the latest in 4G networking. Oh, and it comes in gold. But the first thing you notice is its imposing size -- this is a big phone.
China does smartphones well; we know that much is the case from our quick peeks into the world of Xiaomi and Oppo. There's another big player that has been around in Australia for longer, though, and it has a brand new flagship phablet. Huawei's Mate7 packs in a giant 6-inch display, but it does that in a body smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus. It's just as powerful and as up-to-date as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, too.
The announcement of the iPhone 6 Plus last week means that we've reached a tipping point in phones: every single platform now has its very own phablet. Yes, it's a dirty, stupid word to describe big phones, but it's the best one we've got right now. Join us as we take you through the cheapest way to get a phablet running either Android, Windows Phone and iOS.
Look, let's be real for a second. We're all busy people. We've got a lot to read, write and do today, so I want to get this out of the way as quickly as possible. There are going to be a lot of you bitching and moaning about how Apple copied Samsung or HTC or Sony or some other manufacturer with its 5.5-inch iPhone today. If you're one of those people, get in here and get it all off your chest.
Known for its handwriting friendliness and screens pushing near six inches, Samsung's Galaxy Note series is the progenitor of the modern stylus-centric smartphone. It's easily the go-to choice for an Android phablet. But with LG's G3 Stylus here and the rumoured iPhablet around the corner, the new Galaxy Note 4 has to work a whole lot harder. So far, it seems like it does.
A "phablet" is the familiar portmanteau describing the popular desire to wrap a smartphone and a tablet into one package. The Lumia 1520 (pictured above) is an extreme example of the idea, a six-inch candy-coloured smartphone that pushed the Windows Phone OS to its size limit. Now, Microsoft wants to go even bigger.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is many things. It's thinner, it's faster; it's all of the superlatives that come when you out a new and improved version of anything tech. It's also a white flag. Microsoft has finally accepted that Surface can't take on the iPad. But it might just be able to take the MacBook Air.
There is a long, proud lineage of Apple product rumours, reaching back to before the original iPhone. Some come true, most do not. The latest, from Bloomberg, seems likely to split the difference: Two new, gigantor iPhones being developed in some Cupertino subbasement, ready for release this time next year.