A handful of new Galaxy Note 5 images have popped up, and they seem to once and for all confirm the death of two very important features: the microSD slot and the removable battery. This editorial seems to apply more than ever. It’s clear Samsung isn’t afraid to ditch the features that helped propel the company to the top of the charts. However, you have to wonder if that strategy is will work in the longterm following declining S6 sales.
Following the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, we were hopeful the Galaxy Note 5 would provide an experience catered more to power users, but it seems as though the days of expandable storage and removable batteries are long gone. Now the Galaxy Note 5 just seems like a really big device with a stylus. At least it looks great!
The pictures of the alleged Galaxy Note 5 show off a device with a slightly curved back, and an S Pen in its usual position. Based on information we’ve heard and the new images above, it sure looks like that S Pen will be ejectable; no more yanking it out with your fingernail. Other than that, the design looks pretty much in line with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge: metal sides, glass back, home button, etc.
Droid Life claims that the Note 5 will only sport a 3,000mAh battery, which is a bit of a disappointment for such a big phone. Remember: that battery won’t be removable, which means fans will need to rely on things like wireless charging and Quick Charge. That’s not a bad compromise, but fans who carry multiple batteries on their person will be out of luck.
Other reported specs include an Exynos 7422 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB of internal storage and a Quad HD display. We’re expecting the device to officially be announced on August 13, so it won’t be long until we know more.