The fifth generation Galaxy Note phablet is now officially announced by Samsung Electronics at an Unpacked event held in New York City yesterday. Along with this Galaxy Note 5 announcement is another double curved-edged phablet Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. But in this post I will talk first about the Galaxy Note 5 and things I have just learned about it.
First of all, let me start this with the bad news most of us don't really want to hear about, and that's this Note 5 event has just officially confirmed that users will no longer have an option to use a microSD card for memory expansion and the battery is removable no more to give way to its beautiful and premium unibody design. I know, that's kind of turn off here but I am pretty sure there's a reason behind it and that's what I want to know.
Aside from those two, the rest of the Galaxy Note 5 is a complete upgraded gadget from the previous Note devices, with some minor details that either remained the same or got adapted from this years Galaxy S6 smartphones. Some of Samsung's main focus on this phablet is more on premium design and even more elevated user experience. First off, no more metal-looking plastic chassis as the Korean company opted for a real metal sides and all-glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) front and back panels for the Note 5, similar to Galasxy S6, if you can recall. The back edges of the Note 5 are curved which looks to provide better grip especially when used in one hand.
The S-Pen is of course returning with this device and sports some new looks, new and enhanced functions both software and hardware aspects. It can now be ejected from its dedicated holder, users can now directly write using the S-Pen even on non-active display of the Note 5 and it will automatically forwarded to the S Note application. Plus all the things S-Pen can do that we used to are all coming back here.
As we expected it to be, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution. On the inside are the Exynos 7420, this is an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz (four cores each), the same processor that powers the latest Galaxy S6 devices. Together with the processor is 4GB of RAM, it's definitely an upgrade here from 3GB RAMs of S6 and previous Notes. Then for storage purposes, there will be 32GB and a 64GB versions, unfortunately there's no 128GB variant this time around like we have on S6s, but if rumors are to be believed we will eventually get that particular 128GB option in the future.
Software side is the most recent Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS topped with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. On the back sits a 16MP rear camera with OIS tech and its front-facing partner shooter is at 5MP resolution. Fingerprint scanner is still present here alongside other must-have connectivities like LTE, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS and more.
If you ask about the battery capacity, interestingly Samsung slightly trimmed it down to 3,000mAh size compared to last year's 3,220mAh one. Speaking of battery, the one found here also support fast charging technology which Samsung says can be fully charged in just 90 minutes. Also wireless charging functionality is on board compatible with WPC and PMA standards.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs:
- 5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED display
- 2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz Octa-core Exynos 7420 processor
- Mali T-760 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB / 64GB Internal storage
- Does not support microSD card
- 16MP rear camera with IOS
- 5MP front camera
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Fingerprint Scanner
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS + GLONASS
- Fastcharge and Qi Wireless Charging Technology
- 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm
- Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum
- 3,000mAh battery
If we summarize all the thing we have learned about this Samsung Galaxy Note 5, we can safely say that it looks more of blown up version of the current Galaxy S6 smartphones, and I am pretty sure I am not the only one who think about that. Because usually we get set of features and looks that definitely separate the Note series from the S Series, but right now these two line up are becoming identical in so many ways and having very narrow borders of function difference.
As for availability and pricing, that will depend on market but in the US pre-order is now ongoing and it is expected to be released as early as August 21. And then off contract pricing are $740 for 32GB and $840 for 64GB, about Php34,200 and Php38,800 respectively.