Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ official cases unveiled. So shiny!
The Note5 will also get its set of official cases, naturally. These are much more subdued and will appeal to the classicists with their traditional looks. First in line, we have the now obligatory flip wallet-type cases. Nothing very different from the ones we've seen for the Note 4 – the case covers the phone's back and front, and some models have the “S View” window on their flap, which allows a portion of the phablet's screen to be visible and usable without lifting the cover. It begs the question, though – how much thicker would those wallet cases make the Note5? Its predecessors used to have removable back covers, which would come off and let the flip wallets snap right in their place, thus compensating for some of the extra girth. In the case of the Note5, however, a removable back is absent, so either the wallet needs to be thinner, or this is going to be one bulky brick of a combination.
Second in line for the Note5, we have the more classic-type back cover cases. They are made fully out of metal and follow the Note5's curvy back to the T. So, in terms of looks and feel, these cases will still provide that premium ooze, which Sammy's latest and greatest smartphones have been dipped in. Whether users will like the extra bulk on the back of the phablet is still up in the air, though, we do hope that the cases are not too slippery, otherwise, they may cause more problems than they solve.
Last, but not least, is the surprise case of this year – the hardware keyboard case that is coming out for both the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5. This little gizmo snaps on to the back of the phone just like a regular cover, but then has a frontal part connect to the lower half of the handset's face. This frontal piece provides a hardware keyboard, which we got to see and try out – here's our hands-on with it.