Every Samsung Unpacked event is preceded by a litany of teasers, and the one scheduled for next week in New York is no exception.
Samsung has already kicked off the teaser campaign for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, but a countdown page that the company put up on its Philippines site reveals there may be a third device coming on August 13.
From top to bottom, the silhouettes in the teaser appear to be belonging to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, the Galaxy Note 5, and a mystery device that looks like an 8-inch tablet.
Samsung just launched the new Galaxy Tab S2 series, and while Samsung may feel the need to show off the new tablets at next week’s event, the device in the teaser is different. It features a metallic frame similar to the Galaxy S6, as opposed to the painted frame of the Tab S2 8.0.
More than that, tweaking the brightness of the image reveals what appears to be a slight curvature on the left side of the tablet. It’s possible that the teaser shows the curved glass back of a tablet or that we’re seeing things that simply aren’t there.
But for speculation’s sake, would an Edge tablet make Sense for Samsung right now? We think it would.
The Galaxy S6 Edge has been very successful, and that reportedly caused an initial shortage, as Samsung hadn’t expected the device to sell that well. But Samsung recently said that it solved the production issues holding back S6 Edge production, and the release of a larger variant featuring the same dual-curve design is proof that Samsung is confident both in the Edge concept and in its ability to keep up with demand. The next logical step is to expand the idea to tablets (and potentially other devices) – indeed, Samsung is known for transferring design elements from its flagship phones to its tablets and even laptops, like it did with the textured backs of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5.
An Edge tablet would stick out from the glut of more or less interchangeable Android tablets, giving Samsung some much-needed differentiation in the competition with Apple and rapacious Chinese upstarts like Xiaomi.
We also have to note that Samsung is again keen to remind us that it created the large phone category, just like it did last year when Apple finally caved to market demand for a large iPhone.
Finally, the teaser is interesting through what it lacks: there’s no hint at the Gear A smartwatch that has been rumored to arrive this fall. Is Samsung saving the Gear A for later or is it simply a case of reading too much into a teaser image? We’ll find out in seven days.
What do you think? Is an Edge tablet coming? Would you be interested in such a device?