Last year’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge phablets were barely leaked ahead of the launch but this year, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones have leaked in earnest ahead of their launch this Thursday (August 13).
We’ve already seen the handset leak in all its glory and attention has turned to accessories, with a leak last week revealing a new Keyboard cover (above) that Samsung has been working on for its new curved phablet. At the time, many people were questioning whether the leak was indeed a hoax as Samsung looked to repay a visit to PDA devices – like the Sony Ericsson P990i – with its keyboard accessory but as it turns out, it’s not a hoax.
As spotted by GSMInfo, Dutch retailer Central Point has published the keyboard cover on its website with a price tag of 60 euros, which equates to approximately $66. The website also listed other accessories for Samsung upcoming big-screen curved smartphone, including a Flip Wallet (priced at €25 / $27), Glossy Cover (€25 / $27) and ClearView Cover (€40 / $44).
The keyboard is interesting not just for its design but for what it means for Canadian firm BlackBerry. The manufacturer has long reportedly been in talks with Samsung about the latter buying it but those talks were quickly denied and it seems that Samsung wants to test the market for QWERTY devices. The company is rumoured to be working with the Canadian firm on the upcoming BlackBerry Venice smartphone, which runs Android and features a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard with a Galaxy S6 Edge-like dual curved wraparound display.
Back to this week’s Samsung launch and alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, we’re expecting Samsung to reveal the Galaxy Note 5. The latest model in the Galaxy Note range is expected to be very similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus but will drop the curved display, gain an extra GB of RAM (4GB versus 3GB on the S6 Edge Plus) and also have the S-Pen (with new Air Command menu), which is missing from the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and will be accessible via a push eject system.[related_videos align=”right” title=”S6/Edge in video:” type=”custom” videos=”623586,616128,605763,625832″]Samsung’s teaser for its launch also teased a much larger device, with some rumours pointing towards a tablet with an edge-like display. The curved tablet would certainly be interesting but with very little information available on the device, it may be the most surprising device of the launch event. Samsung was also rumoured to be launching its new Gear A round smartwatch at Thursday’s event but the company is now expected to hold back that announcement until its IFA press event in a few weeks’ time.
Are you looking forward to Samsung’s launch this Thursday? What product are you most excited about? What about this keyboard cover; do you like the design? Would you buy it? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!