Samsung has just launched its latest Note flagship in the form of the Galaxy Note 5 and as expected, it’s a powerhouse. The new phablet has been unveiled at Samsung’s Unpacked event today and considering Samsung created this whole phablet line-up, the Galaxy Note 5 has to live up to a lot of expectations.
Design and Build Quality
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s design is a nice combination of the S6’s design and the last year’s Note 4. There’s the same glass metal design, which looks highly premium, although I am not a fan of the fingerprint attracting glass rear finish. Thanks to the new design, there’s no microSD slot or removable battery or any water resistant features. So, that’s the price you pay for a good looking phone. The design has been refined though, as the Note 5 has a narrower bezels and a more compact design, which should help considering it’s a large screen device. The glass back has a curved design, which should help with holding the device.
On the specs front, the Galaxy Note 5 is top of the line, as you would have expected any way. There’s a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440p) Super AMOLED display, which should be gorgeous, considering Samsung’s previous flagship efforts.
Performance and Battery
The beastly device is powered by the same Octa-core Exynos 7420 chipset that powers the Galaxy S6. There’s 4 GB of RAM, which means multitasking should be pretty sleek.
Sadly, there’s one downgrade and that’s in the battery, which is a 3000 mAh one. That is a downgrade from the previous Note flagships but Samsung has added support for Quick Charging and Wireless Charging for good measure.
There’s the same 16 MP OIS camera on the rear from the Galaxy S6, so we can expect superior performance. The inclusion of OIS (Optical Image Stabalization) should make sure we get some awesome low light pictures. We ahev always loved the cameras on the Samsung flagships and the Note 5 shouldn’t be any different. The front packs in a 5 MP camera, which should be decent enough for your selfies.
Software and UI
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 runs on Android 5.1 and the TouchWiz skin is lighter than ever. There are a few new features like the ability to live stream to YouTube directly from the camera.
As it’s customary, the S Pen has been updated and it is longer and now has a metal design. There’s improved pressure sensitivity and writing performance along with a handful of new features like the ability to take a note even when the phone is locked.
The connectivity is well covered like any other flagship and add to that the LTE category 9 support along with Samsung pay support.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hits the stores in the US on August 21st and it’s priced at around $250 on contract for the 32 GB version. Samsung hasn’t revealed details on availability and pricing globally but we can expect the price to be similar to the previous Note flagships.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Specifications:
5.7-inch Super AMOLED
Quad HD (2560x1440p) resolution, 518 ppi
|Dimensions||153.2 x 76.1 x 7.3 mm|
64-bit Octa-core Exynos 7420 process
2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad
16 MP OIS camera with flash and 4K support
5 MP front facing camera
3000 mAh, non-removable,
Quick and Wireless charging support
|OS||Android 5.1 with TouchWiz|
WiFi, Bluetooth v4.2 LE, ANT+, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Beiduo
Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Heart rate monitor, Fingerprint scanner
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the best Note flagship ever and that is pretty obvious but it has to compete with a lot of devices. The biggest challenge would be the iPhone 6s Plus, when it arrives next month and we can’t wait to see how that goes. For now, anyone looking for a high-end premium Android device should be happy with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. So, how do you like the Note 5? Do tell us in the comments section below..