Samsung Galaxy Note

Making a case for the stylus today

Making a case for the stylus today

With Samsung's next Unpacked event coming up in a few days, and a new Galaxy Note phablet with it, our minds might naturally begin to wonder about Samsung's almost niche product line. Considering the Galaxy Note could very well be a flagship product of its own, it's only natural to ask whether there's still a point to the stylus. Bad puns aside, we take a look at the past to divine the future, whether the digital pen, like its analog counterpart, is indeed just as mighty as the sword. Or in this case, the finger.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get a photo shoot again

Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ get a photo shoot again

Ready for more unofficial Samsung love? By now, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ phablets are probably one of Samsung's worst kept secrets, though we're also hoping to still be surprised when the Korean OEM unveils the two next month. Presuming, the rumored dates are correct, of course. These latest set of leaked photos show the two in full view and they are looking just as we expected them to. Which is to say, a larger version of the Galaxy S6 edge and an S Pen wielding version of the Galaxy S6.

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Galaxy Note 5 vs Note 4: details and spec-war pre-release

Galaxy Note 5 vs Note 4: details and spec-war pre-release

Pitting the Galaxy Note 5 against its most recent predecessor, the Galaxy Note 4, we see a device that gets a rather interesting kick in the specs. While the device's basic premise doesn't change - it's still a big phone with a Samsung-made unique stylus inside - the design gets a reboot. Taking after its closest cousin, the Galaxy S6, the detailing on this smartphone becomes refined. Glass instead of plastic, and a return of the metal rim. Now that the form is moving toward elegance rather than worker-friendly, will Note consumers stay the course?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 tipped for mid-August launch

Samsung Electronics is tipped to be pushing up the launch of a new smartphone model to help the electronics giant turn around its sagging sales. The tip comes from a person who claims to be familiar with Samsung's plans, but didn't want to be identified. Samsung has had a sluggish second quarter of sales and hopes that the new smartphone will turn things around for the company according to the source.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 details leaked: GS6 eclipsed

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 details leaked: GS6 eclipsed

Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 has been revealed in early images depicting the device as a very close hardware relative of the Galaxy S6. This means glass back, a rounded metal rim, and a very high quality camera. In the images of cases as posted (likely out of embargo) to auction sites internationally and passed on to SlashGear anonymously, we see that this device is just as similar to the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4 was to the Galaxy S5. One mirrors and out-does the other.

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Galaxy Note 5’s Gear VR will be a “full-on consumer” release

Galaxy Note 5’s Gear VR will be a “full-on consumer” release

This week at GDC 2015, Oculus Rift's John Carmack suggested that the company would be going full-on consumer release within Samsung's next release cycle. This does not necessarily mean that Oculus Rift will be released inside Samsung's next release cycle, but that Samsung's next Gear VR would be released in a big way. That very likely means that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have a Gear VR released right alongside the smartphone. So look to the Samsung Gear VR 2 - for Galaxy S6, revealed this week - to get an idea of where you're going later this year.

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Galaxy Note 4 appetizers: ads extolling the S Pen

Galaxy Note 4 appetizers: ads extolling the S Pen

Just 9 days or so to go, so naturally Samsung is trying to build up the hype surrounding its next stylus-toting phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. And it is doing so by trying remind us, or convince most, that smartphones haven't killed off the need for a writing instrument and that the S Pen might just be the perfect tool to bridge the analog and digital divide.

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Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Galaxy Note 4 details tip September reveal at IFA 2014

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been revealed and released, it would appear that it’s time to push the second wave. As the Galaxy smartphone line has for the past several years released first the "S" model, then the "Note", today’s rumor is not surprising. Instead it’s more of a semi-confirmation of something we already suspected.

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Galaxy Note 4 specifications line up in test phone images

Galaxy Note 4 specifications line up in test phone images

Right on top of the first relatively-full specifications leak of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 last week, this week we’re having a peek at a couple of test device images. This device could just as easily be a test phone unit for a long-lost Samsung Galaxy F as it could for the Note, but given the larger display sitting up from of this machine, we’re going with the S Pen-toting machine. This device is square because it’s resting inside a case which hides its shape for testing purposes.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 to ride with Tab 3 Lite in 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and 10.1 to ride with Tab 3 Lite in 2014

There's a whole slew of new tablet devices coming from Samsung inside the first quarter of 2014, likely appearing at CES 2014 here in the USA first and foremost. What we're going to see besides the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.1 is a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. We'll also see a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, the both of them rolling with processors that are likely well above the pale - certainly more well-off than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series, that is to say.

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