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Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note5, the latest generation S Pen toting flagship

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Aug 14, 2015 )    |    Mobile


As expected today, the South Korean tech firm Samsung had formally unveiled their newest and top of the line handset the Galaxy Note5. The Galaxy Note series had undergone a series of improvements and design changes that each iterations are anticipated by many not only it’s because it is unique on its own but how Samsung stuffed the handset with the latest possible features and specs that has become the baseline for today’s phablets.

In the hardware specs department, the Galaxy Note5 waves goodbye to the tradition of the part Galaxy Note series and is now project as a multi-directional move for the series. There are some major changes to the hardware feature that took most of the hints from the company’s primary flagship device the Galaxy S6.

On the front, the Galaxy Note5 comes with a highly praised superAMOLED display at 5.7-inch with a notably thin bezel which results in a few milimeter thinner from the Galaxy Note 4. The display also has the same QHD resolution from the previous model with an improvement on how you interact with the proprietary S Pen.

Speaking of the S Pen, the proprietary input accessory is now clickable to get it out from its compartment and that’s how you start using the S Pen from here onward. Combined with better and optimized S Pen features, users can even start writing on the screen even if the display is off. Like the previous iteration of the S Pen, one’s it is removed from the device, the display will then shows the new Air Command with a bundle of features to multitask on the device much easier.


The Galaxy Note 5 is powered by the same 64-bit Exynos 7420 SoC from the Galaxy S6, it has an ample amount of RAM at 4 GB which should speed up the overall performance of the device. The Storage is based on UFS 2.0 standards which is a significant upgrade from the conventional eMMC 5.0 storage on most devices. But for users who are looking for more storage options on their sleeves may find the Galaxy Note5 a disappointing upgrade path if you ask me as it no longer support microSD expansion option. Users all given an option to go either with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage memory and that’s about it since Samsung didn’t even bother to include a 128 GB variant in the selection.


Reminiscent to the Galaxy S6, The Galaxy Note5 also comes with 16 Megapixel main camera sensor with Wide f/1.9 aperture. It also comes with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and auto real-time HDR capabilities. It supports 2160p  video recordings in addition to full-HD’s and can stream 1080p video on Youtube. On the front, the Selfie camera goes at 5 Megapixel with f/1.9 aperture which should bring satisfaction for every Selfie shoot. With 1080p video capture, you’ll enjoy even more high-quality video capture on every video calls you make.


Together with the new improvements in the camera department, its audio features also received a significant boosts with Ultra High Quality Audio that promises richer sound recording and output. The new audio features works throughout the device with support for Bluetooth audio device such as the new Level On headphones

The Galaxy Note5 comes with an almost everything we could think of  when it comes to connectivity, 4G/LTE has become a norm in today’s devices with backup support for 3G/HSPA+ and GSM wireless connectivity. In addition to these features, the Galaxy Note5 also comes with all standard connectivity features including high-speed Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS and there’s the ever rising significance of NFC is it becomes the primary technology used for Samsung Pay.

Security-wise, the handset is infused with Knox software and the updated fingerprint scanner for extended security features and handles all other transactions on the device.

The Galaxy Note5 is known as the mighty successor to the Galaxy Note 4 but may not have the title of a significant upgrade because of the new limitations that Samsung imposes with the new handset. Moreover, like the missing microSD slot, the handset is also coming with an embedded 3000 mAh battery that is known by many as a downgrade from previous generation Note by 220 mAh capacity. Despite these shortcomings, Samsung alleviates to fast-charging capabilities for both wired and wireless charging technologies.

The Galaxy Note5 will become available in the US starting on August 21 with pre-orders just commenced right after its announcement yesterday. The handset will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium. Pricing will depend on carriers while the price for the international model should become available shortly after.