I'm currently in China, and I bought it on January 18th.
It is AMAZING.
I was actually going to get OnePlus 2, but the only store that had it was all out, and I got really pissed (because of the stupid invite system).
Walked around a bit, and I came across this baby. Oh, my, was I happy that I haven't bought the OP2.
It's so quick and snappy, even with a VPN on.
The only problem is, there's still no root for it, and I can't install Google services, but I hope they will come after the worldwide release.
And, also, the build is great, because it's made of metal and glass, and it weighs around 200 grams, which I really like. Feels like a gadget, rather than a toy.
It cost me roughly $480 (3100 RMB).
I more than recommend this phone. Just go ahead and buy it. You won't regret it.
Why there are no LTE bands listed in the specifications? What does this mean? Will this phone support LTE at all??
R U Sure Bro about the Arrival of A9 after january 30th... I am eagerly Waiting for that A9.
Anonymous, 17 Jan 2016Where to buy in the USA I need one pleaseThe 2016 versions of A3, A5, A7 and A9 will be available worldwide after January the 31st, it was launched first in China...
How will be performance with SD652 as compared of SD800 series,....Can anyone suggest
Finally, good job Samsung! You have learned a lot from Huawei:
1. The S6 and Note 5's 1440x2560 resolutions are plain OVERKILL for their 5.1"
and 5.7" displays. It only wastes battery and lowers the overall processor
performance. I can't see distinct pixels in my 6.0" mate 7 (1080p resolution)
even 4 inches away from my eyes (I'm very nearsighted). Those who claim to see
'pixelation' from the lower resolution display of Mate 7 (1080p) vs. other 4K phones
do so because of the 'PLACEBO' effect. 4K only matters if you are into virtual reality
using some VR goggles close to your phone's display--- good luck on your dizzying VR
2. 4000 mAh battery. Now that's a good choice Samsung! 4000 mAh should be the
minimum standard for any smartphone nowadays. Games and browsing will drain
2000 - 3000+ mAh batteries in less than 4 hours even starting at 100%.
What's the point of having the S6 or Note 5's gorgeous 4K amoled display and powerful gaming prowess if the phone is dead before lunch time? And no, don't tell me to always bring the 'fast' charger and/or powerbank everyday. That's just too many things to carry and one that becomes a burden. And no, fast charging is a poor compromise for a big battery. I'd rather have a slightly thicker phone with bigger battery than have a slim
one but always carry the charger and/or powerbank.
3. Dual SIM. Good job Samsung! Most of your previous flagships only have single sim options until recently. Modern smartphones should at the bare minimum, provide dual SIM support. One SIM for cheaper data package and another SIM for cheaper phone calls and text package --- or one sim for home and another for work or for local and international
travel to save on roaming data. There are plenty other uses for two SIMs and the latest
Android versions support them, so why limit one's flexibility?
4. SD card. After removing SD card support from your recent flagship phones, it is now back in this model. Well done Samsung! SD card support is very useful for people who love to have the entire music collection, HD movie collection and photo collection in their PC's, available anytime, anywhere in their phones even without data connection. They can mirror or screencast (wifi-direct) the movies and photos to any TV anywhere they go, no internet connection needed! Besides, smartphones nowadays offer ever increasing camera resolutions (18 MP+) and ever increasing video resolutions (4K) which will devour a standard 32 GB internal storage in no time, so why remove SD card support from your flagship S6 and Note 5?