Yup, I got to try out Samsung’s keyboard case at the briefing Howard brought me along to yesterday, the one that will instantly transform your 2015 Galaxy Note 5 into a 2005 Nokia E61. I have to admit that it’s a clever (if hideously ugly) accessory—when not in use it snaps onto the other side of a companion backplate behind the phone—but it’s something I would expect to find at Pacific Mall more than from the biggest smartphone manufacturer on the planet.
Samsung is clearly not holding back in the goofy accessories department. But when it comes to devices it’s an entirely different story. Especially for the Canadian market.
Even more perplexing are the storage options: you’ll be able to get either 32 or 64 GB on the S6 edge+, but only 32 GB on the Note. Why? The explanation we got yesterday was that Samsung considers the edge more of a media consumption device. And yet a 64 GB Note 5 will be readily available to customers in the USA on their carrier-of-choice. Would this be another case of death by focus group, the same reason why the Note won’t be coming at all to Europe or the UK?
One other obvious thing I’ll mention… Despite going all upmarket with metal and glass there will be no 128 GB option for either device. And Samsung is supposed to compete with Apple how…?
- Nokia E61 – Full phone specifications
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- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ color comparison
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Specs, Pricing and Canadian Availability
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Specs, Pricing and Canadian Availability
- The Galaxy Note 5 in Europe, and why we can’t have nice things
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+: There Won’t Be 128GB Variants After All