Should Apple worry? Samsung's new phones boast payment tech, keyboard accessory
Samsung's new large smartphone just may make Apple a little nervous.
I'm Bridget Carey.
This is your c/net update.
Samsung just Just announced two large screen smart phones.
The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
Both of these models have new features that will challenge whatever new iPhones Apple plans to unveil next month.
Let's start with the Galaxy Note 5. It could become the new Blackberry.
The ultimate phone for getting work done.
Not only does it have a built in stylus for jotting down notes.
Which has been redesigned, and it can be used when the screen is turned off.
But it also has a cover keyboard accessory.
For $80, this keyboard with physical keys snaps on the front or you can move it to the back when you don't need it.
The Note has some style to boot.
It trades in the cheap plastic and fake leather backing for a shiny metal design.
It's also loaded with Samsung Pay, which I'll explain in a moment.
Samsung has a new trick to take on Apple, it's selling this phone now, the same day it's announced.
And, it hits US stores next week on Friday August 21st.
That gives it a two and a half week head start.
With Apple's expected iPhone announcement.
Also coming out that day is another model.
The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
This is just a supersized version of the Galaxy S6 Edge that came out earlier in the year.
In fact, it's the same screen size as the new Note I was talking about, [UNKNOWN] 5.7 inches.
It even has all the same hardware specs as the new Note, and it works with that snap on keyboard.
The difference is that the edge screen curves over the sides, which has some feature perks like getting highlights of your notifications on the curve.
And it doesn not come with a stylus.
Both phones are boasting new faster wireless charging.
By putting it on a wireless charging mat, Samsung says full charge from empty to full.
Now takes two hours instead of three.
Samsung Pay is on both of these phones, which has one major difference from Apple Pay, the store doesn't need to have a special NFC reader, you can tap to pay on most retailer's machines that have a basic magnetic Striped card reader.
The tap to pay service launches first in Korea, then in the US on September 28th.
And it arrives soon after for the UK, Spain and China.
Samsung also wants to make it easier for you to live stream video to the world, but not by using an app like Periscope or Meerkat.
But with a tool called Live Broadcast that lets you send your video feed instantly to YouTube.
And finally, Samsung teased us with a glimpse of it's upcoming round smart watch, the Gear S2.
It's the first round watch from Samsung and it's the first smart watch since the Apple watch landed in April.
We'll know more about it on September 3rd at the ISA Tech Trade Show in Berlin.
That's it for this tech news update.
You can dive into more details on the new phones at cnet.com.
From our studios in New York I'm Bridget Carey.
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