After months of speculation and rumors, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has finally arrived. With its exterior redesign and substantial upgrades in internal components, this is Samsung’s best phablet yet.
The most obvious change in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the new look. Well, it’s not new per se but rather borrows some design elements from the Galaxy S6 while retaining some features of the Note 4. The end result is a metal frame and glass that slopes at the back. The screen size remains the same at 5.7 inches, but the overall dimensions are smaller. Alas, the strides in design called for some compromises: no microSD support and removable battery.
Naturally, a Galaxy Note wouldn’t be complete without its stylus. The improved S Pen now has a push-to-eject mechanism, automatically brings up quick notes (even if the display isn’t turned on) when removed from its dock, and features better performance and pressure sensitivity. These improvements mean the user can easily jot down whatever his mind fancies without fumbling around the software to get to do some writing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Specs
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 5.7-inch Super AMOLED (1440×2560 Quad HD), ~518ppi
- 64-bit octa-core (2.1GHz quad-core + 1.5GHz quad-core) Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
- Mali-T760 MP8 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 32/64GB internal storage
- No microSD support
- 16-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
- Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm
- Weight: 171g
- 3000mAh battery
Besides the design elements, a couple of hardware components of the Galaxy S6 have also made their way in the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. These include the 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, wireless charging, octa-core Exynos processor and the minimal TouchWiz interface. The amount of RAM has increased to 4GB, and users have to choose either 32GB or 64GB for the built-in storage. Strangely, there’s no 128GB option.
There are no pricing and availability information for the Philippines yet, but expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to launch locally within the coming weeks. Its initial price should be similar to that of the Note 4.