Galaxy Note 5 Expected at Aug. 13 Samsung Unpacked

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Here comes the Galaxy Note 5: Samsung sends out invites for August event.

Yesterday, Samsung sent out invitations to a New York City event where we’ll all finally (officially) meet the new Galaxy Note 5. Samsung Electronics has announced a key event in August in New York, suggesting that the company may be attempting to launch new products ahead of Apple’s closely-watched annual iPhone event a month later.SEOUL— Samsung SSNHZ 0.00 % Electronics Co. is revamping one of its most important product releases of the year, underscoring the pressures the South Korean technology company faces as its mobile earnings take a hit from Apple Inc. and Chinese rivals. But Samsung has done a pretty horrible job keeping wraps on what the new smartphone actually looks like, leaking everything from CAD designs to these new hi-res photos.

Samsung is planning to introduce a larger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Edge curved smartphone at a closely watched event on Aug. 13 at New York’s Lincoln Center, according to people familiar with the matter. The move suggests a continued willingness at Samsung to tweak its product releases to try to maintain consumer interest in its mobile products, which have struggled to stand out amid a sea of increasingly similar offerings from competitors. But in doing so, the Suwon, South Korea-based company risks overshadowing the nominal star of the show: the latest refresh of its Galaxy Note series of smartphone-tablet hybrids. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge met with mixed results in the second quarter of this year as supply of the edge models could not meet demand, IDC said last week.

When Samsung launched its first Galaxy Note device in 2011, the company virtually created a new category for oversize handsets which, at first mocked, came to dominate the mainstream smartphone market. Some market data trackers said earlier this year that, after the release of the new iPhones, Apple had topped Samsung in quarterly smartphone sales for the first time since 2011. Going by the previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is likely to come equipped with 5.5-inch display, 16MP rear camera with OIS, 5MP front-facing camera, 4K video recording and a 3,000mAh battery. In my S6 Edge review, I mentioned that “it’s almost like holding a normal smartphone—but backwards.” It would appear that Samsung may be righting that ergonomic wrong.

We aren’t really sure what’s Samsung’s strategy behind releasing this premium handset, considering the probability of the more popular Note series eating into the Edge sales. But we loved the design and function of the feature-packed S6, and if Samsung can bring that same great collection of hardware and the not-as-terrible-as-it-used-to-be Touchwiz software, we could be looking at one of the best big smartphones ever made. [Nowhereelse.fr via Android Authority] Meerkat TV: No, this isn’t some weird nature special. According to Variety, Al Roker (the guy who does weather on the Today Show among other things) is launching three new “shows” on the popular streaming platform Meerkat this week with his production company, Al Roker Entertainment. However, the company underestimated demand for the device, leaving its factories unprepared to pump out enough of the device, which uses a difficult cutting-edge technology to curve the front screen of the handset.

However, supply chain chatter suggests Apple has now nixed the idea, leaving all teeny-handed smartphone fans in the lurch. [Business Insider] Drive-Thru Grocery Food: Amazon and Walmart seem to be in a constant one-up battle with each other, like Walmart creating its own Prime delivery service and also slashing prices on Prime Day this month. Rumors say that Amazon is considering opening a drive-thru grocery story in Silicon Valley that would rival Walmart’s own near its home base in Arkansas. [The Consumerist] Earlier this month, it said that it expects to earn just 6.9 trillion Korean won ($US6.1 billion) in operating profit for the three months ended June 30, a 4 per cent decline from a year earlier.

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