Meet The Galaxy Note 5: Samsung’s Most Dignified Phablet Yet
Samsung just officially revealed Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5, and the updated Galaxy Note 5 is easily the more fascinating of the pair.
Samsung’s Note series has been one of their greatest smartphone success stories, finding traction in a market when many thought there wouldn’t be a place for such a large phone.
The Note 5 pulls a lot of design influence from the Galaxy S6, and to be more specific, the S6 Edge. However unlike the Edge – which we felt was like holding a normal phone but backwards because of its front-sloping screen – the Note 5 puts the curves on the back keeping the 5.7-inch quad HD display a plain old flat panel, which makes sense if you ever want to use that handy S pen.
The materials are also different. Last year’s Note 4 was more akin to the Galaxy Alpha than the S5, but the Note series realigns with the S series and ditches the faux leather and goes all Gorilla Glass 4 (on the front and back) with aluminum along the sides.
The big driver for this is the use of 3D glass on the back cover of the Galaxy Note 5, which allows for a more ergonomic design in the hand.
One of the major updates changes to the Galaxy Note 5 is improvements on the S-Pen, which has a number of new changes to the design and software functionality. On the hardware side, the pen itself now has a changed mechanism that has a push button top that allows the pen to be completely flush inside the phone when not in use, but easily ejected by pushing on the top of the pen to make it protrude. The digitizer also has dramatically reduced latency.
On the software side, Samsung has added a host of notable additions to extend the functionality of the S-Pen, namely PDF annotation, an Air command floating button, customizable shortcuts, and scroll capture.
The Galaxy Note 5 is both thicker and heavier, with dimensions of 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, and a weight of 171 grams. The smartphones will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Silver Titanium color variants.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has no microSD card slots, and feature 3000 mAh non-removable batteries. Samsung said the batteries feature its Fast Charging technology for both wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) options. The absence of Micro SD card and Non-removable battery is sure to make some fans upset, and why not, the Note series was known for this very stuff.
The Galaxy Note 5 is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The phones also feature NFC and MST, to power the Samsung Pay mobile payment technology. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB 2.0
The company also unveiled BlackBerry-like Keyboard Covers for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which we think is kind of meh.
5.7-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED
Exynos 7420 processor, 64-bit octo-core
|ROM||32GB or 64GB|
16MP Front camera
5MP Rear Camera
|Battery||3,000 mAh (Non Removable)|
|Operating System||Android 5.1 (TouchWiz)|
In the US, the Galaxy Note 5 will be available via AT&T (with a no commitment contract) at $739.99 (roughly Rs. 48,400) for the 32GB variant, and $839.99 (roughly Rs. 54,800) for the 64GB variant. Samsung said the Galaxy Note 5 will only be made available in select markets, while the Galaxy S6 Edge+ will feature wider availability.
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