At a noteworthy event held at the beautiful Nike Art Gallery in Lekki, Lagos, Samsung Mobile Nigeria yesterday introduced the latest in its Note series – the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – to a select group of marketers, the media, tech bloggers and industry leaders.
This event which started at about 2pm and was streamed live in entirety with a Note 5 serves as the official unveiling of the device in Nigeria alongside a peek of the Gear S2 smartwatch with was also released recently.
The launch had R&B singer and part-owner of the EME label, Mr. Banky W as the master of ceremonies. The Managing Director, Samsung (SEWA), Mr. Brovo Kim read the welcome address telling of Samsung’s journey in creating the phablet category while the Director for Mobile, SEWA, Emmanoui Revematas introduced the Note 5 while emphasizing its feature sets and specifications which are a major improvement over its predecessor, the Note 4.
Notable Nigerian writer and poet, Toni Kan was also on hand to extol the note-taking capabilities of the Note 5 as well as its redesigned S-Pen.
To give demonstrations of new features like Video Collage and Livestreaming as well as the new Action commands Samsung staff, Solomon and Stephen put up several demonstrations and there were many product display tables were guests could get a hands-on experience.
Samsung also revealed their TV commercial for the Note 5 and there was a really short demo of the Gear S2 which will officially launch in the next few weeks according to sources at the event.
“Smartphones have become so central to our lives; so has the demand for larger screens,” said Mr. Brovo Kim, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa. “The first galaxy Note was a breakthrough, not just for Samsung but for the entire industry. Bigger screens have gone from nice-to-have to a must-have and the display once called a gimmick is now the norm. With the Note 5, our customers can achieve more with their devices, quickly write down ideas and notes at meetings or wherever inspiration strikes, video conferencing with colleagues or family delivering an immersive viewing experience,” he added.
The Note 5 is the latest in the Note series known for their large display size which singlehandedly popularized the phablet category as well as its note-taking capabilities thanks to an S-Pen which has improved handwriting and cropping abilities.
It features a vivid 2560 x 1440 resolution 5.7-inch Quad HD display as well as an improved 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation and a 5MP front-facing one. For the first time in the Note series, there is no expandable external storage and the 3000mAh battery is non-removable. Wireless and Quick charging are also supported.
Emmanouil Revmatas, Director, Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics West Africa, said the company is aware that customers desire a big brilliant display but not a bulky device, causing them to choose between screen size and portability. “At Samsung, we did not think that was a choice our customers had to make. With the Note 5, they have a big display in a slimmer package. The Note 5 is an intuitive and efficient device; it is the Galaxy re-defined, re-imagined and re-designed,” Revmatas stated.
Apart from new multimedia features, the Note 5 runs Android 5.1 and will be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The design language of the new Note 5 is also more in line with the Galaxy S6 edge released earlier.
Below are photos from the launch as well as some hands-on photos from the experience centres set up at the event.