Meet the fifth generation Galaxy Note, though we prefer to consider it as the third “age” of Note. Every other generation brings a fresh design language – two were all plastic, faux leather was added by the next pair, now plastic has dropped entirely to get a metal and glass followup to the Galaxy S6.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 (there is no space in name between Note and 5) is a development of the Note 4 with S6 DNA. The bezels round the 5.7″ display are narrower, the phablet itself is nearly a millimeter thinner making it simpler to hold in the hand.
The Super AMOLED display has similar QHD resolution but yes, the way it interacts using the S Pen stylus has been revamped. Though that just functions to get it out of its own sheath, the stylus is clickable. As soon as you do, you’ll be able to begin instantly taking a note even when the display is “off”.
In case the display has already been on the newest Air Command shows up. You can place program shortcuts inside to make multitasking more easy.
Speaking of, the Galaxy Note5 has 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB on both the Note 4 and Galaxy S6. This gives apps more playroom, but the Exynos 7420 chipset will have an even bigger impact – it’s currently the fastest mobile chipset on the market, Samsung didn’t even need to overclock it as new competition is yet to catch up.
Storage is based on the fast UFS 2.0 standard. While it outruns regular eMMC 5.0 storage, data hoarders have been locked out of expanding the memory – the base model has 32GB, you can upgrade to 64GB and that’s it. No microSD slot, no 128GB option (Samsung discontinued the 128GB S6 in some markets).
The camera is lifted from the Galaxy S6. A 16MP sensor behind a wide f/1.9 aperture, plus optical image stabilization and auto real-time HDR. It can record 2160p video or livestream 1080p to YouTube. For selfies you get a 5MP sensor and an f/1.9 aperture.
Samsung has updated the audio department with Ultra High Quality Audio, which promises “richer” sound. This feature will work over Bluetooth with new compatible Level On headphones.
The Galaxy Note5 checks wireless all boxes, but a highlight is Samsung Pay, which works over NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission). Pay will launch in the US in September so it will be ready when Note5s arrive in users’ hands.
The updated fingerprint sensor is available to secure transactions and other features of the phablet.
Much like the storage, the battery has been sealed off. What’s more the capacity dropped to 3,000mAh (220mAh down). Samsung is counting on Fast Charging – both wired and wireless! – to offset that.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 will be available for pre-order today, coming in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. It will be available in the US on August 21, with pre-orders starting today. You can go for a hands-on as soon as tomorrow in 7,000 locations across the US. Pricing will be announced by the carriers.