As we approach the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch date, we continue to see new details emerge. Many of those details have come from leaked Galaxy Note 5 photos and today we want to take a look at those photos and tell about a few things we’ve learned ahead of the Galaxy Note 5 release.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors have been swirling around for several months though only recently have they started to firm up. The Galaxy Note 5 still isn’t confirmed but thanks to a series of new leaks and rumors, we have a pretty good read on the Galaxy Note 5 launch date, Galaxy Note 5 release date and many of the Galaxy Note 5 specs that will tempt consumers in the United States and around the world.
Some of these rumors have come from alleged Galaxy Note 5 photos. Samsung hasn’t released any official photos of the device but we’ve seen molds from accessory makers and other photos hint at what’s to come. These photos are just a piece of the puzzle but they’ve been a big piece in buildup to Samsung’s inevitable announcement.
Today we want to take you on a visual tour of what we think we know about the Galaxy Note 5 ahead of its launch date. These Galaxy Note 5 photos have told us quite a bit about the Galaxy Note 5 before August and here are the most important details we’ve been able to glean from them.
Keep these in mind as we press on deeper into the summer towards the supposed Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launch and release in August.
It’s Probably a Blown Up Galaxy S6
Earlier this year, Samsung ditched its plastic Galaxy S design in favor of a new design language that incorporates premium build materials. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge feature glass and metal designs that put them on the same pedestal as the iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9. They’re gorgeous.
The Galaxy Note 4 foreshadowed these changes with its combination of plastic and metal and it looks like Samsung will go all the way with a full-on redesign this year.
The move makes sense. There’s no going back to full-on plastic designs. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have set the bar and anything below that bar could make things difficult in a loaded fall lineup that includes the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, two Galaxy Note 5 competitors.
It also makes sense given that rumors point to a curved Galaxy S6 Edge+ that will compliment the Galaxy Note 5. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ won’t be a Galaxy Note but it will likely serve as the curved alternative to the Galaxy Note 5 thanks to its massive display that wraps around both edges.
Galaxy Note 5 Dimensions
These Galaxy Note 5 photo leaks also hint at the device’s exact dimensions and it looks like it could be an extremely thin device. Not as thin as the Galaxy S6 but thin nonetheless.
GSMArena recently released supposed Galaxy Note 5 renders from an accessory maker. If these cases are accurate and there’s no reason to believe that they aren’t (accessory makers typically get dimensions ahead of a device’s release so that they can prepare), the Galaxy Note 5 will measure 153.3mm x 76.1mm x 7.9mm in size.
To put that into perspective, the Galaxy Note 5 could be as tall as the Galaxy Note 4, a little less wide, and a lot thinner. The Galaxy Note 4 is 8.5mm thin. If these dimensions hold, the Galaxy Note 5 will be thicker than the 6.8mm thin Samsung Galaxy S6.
All of this could mean that the Galaxy Note 5 design will be a little more portable than previous generations of the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note can, at times, be a little unwieldy so if Samsung is able to shave some of the bulk consumers will be in much better shape.
Big Galaxy Note 5 Display
From these leaked Galaxy Note 5 photos we get sense that while Samsung might be trimming the Galaxy Note 5 design, it probably won’t be trimming the Galaxy Note 5 display.
The Galaxy Note series has long been known for its big display and it doesn’t look like Samsung is going to cheat anyone here with the Galaxy Note 5. The photos and leaks depict a phone with a larger screen and those who are interested should expect Samsung to deliver.
This matches what we’ve heard about the Galaxy Note 5 display. Samsung will reportedly keep the display at 5.7-inches, same as the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3. This appears to be the sweet spot as it’s not so big to push people away and it’s not so small that it encroaches on the Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy Note 5 will also reportedly feature the same 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution found on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. While many of you were probably hoping for an Ultra HD display, Quad HD is going to suit most people just fine.
Galaxy Note 5 S Pen
It’s also looking like while the new Galaxy S6 Edge+ won’t come with an S Pen, the Galaxy Note 5 will indeed come with a brand new S Pen stylus.
All of the photos we’ve seen show a holder for the S Pen. And what’s interesting is that these photos have pointed to a new feature that could potentially make getting the S Pen out of its holster a little bit easier.
Some new case leaks back up the other photos. The S Pen holder is flush with the device’s design. What this means is that it could arrive with that aut0-eject feature that Samsung patented for use with its Galaxy Note series. It also, as SamMobile points out, could use a “push-to-release mechanism” never before seen on the Galaxy Note. It’s not clear.
What is clear though is that the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 likely won’t be the same as the S Pen found on other versions of the Galaxy Note.
Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen will “will look more like a pen” and that it will feel more like a real pen as well. We’ve also heard that the S Pen will match the color of the device. New photos show us just how that might look.
These photos come from popular Chinese microblogging site Weibo and they depict a new and improved S Pen that does, in fact, look more like a real pen. The pen’s tip backs up those “push-to-release” mechanism rumors as well.
No USB Type-C
At one point, Galaxy Note 5 rumors pointed to the arrival of USB Type-C. USB Type-C would allow the device to transfer files much faster than the USB technology on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 4. That would be huge for a media-intensive device like the Galaxy Note.
These recent Galaxy Note 5 leaks fail to depict a USB Type-C. Instead, the renders from case makers show a familiar USB port with older technology. This means slower transfer speeds and this also means is that you’ll probably still be using non-reversible USB cables with the Galaxy Note 5.
No MicroSD Card Slot
Samsung’s new design language comes with some tradeoffs. Two of the biggest are the non-expandable memory and non-removable batteries. While the Galaxy Note 4 comes with both a microSD card slot and a removable battery, the Galaxy S6 comes with neither.
These Galaxy Note 5 photos don’t feature a microSD card slot. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 design will reportedly come without a microSD card slot and that’s just another sign that the Galaxy Note 5 will be coming with a premium design similar to the one found on the Galaxy S6.
If this is true, and it probably is, it means that users won’t be able to install an extended battery for more juice. It also means that if something goes wrong with the stock battery, you won’t be able to replace the battery yourself.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 isn't official yet but that doesn't mean that you can't prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things you can do ahead of Samsung's announcement and release and deciding on how much storage you might need is one of them.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 design is reportedly going to be similar to the Galaxy S6's. That means premium build materials but it also means no microSD card slot for expanded storage. If this is true, and it probably is, it's going to put pressure on you to figure out how much internal storage you'll need.
If Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 doesn't feature expandable storage, it'll likely come with several storage options. Those storage options will vary in price. You don't want to pay for storage that you're never going to need so you'll want to think about this ahead of time.
Take a look at your current device, think about how you might use your next phone, and estimate how much storage it will take to feel comfortable. For some of you, it might be 32GB. For others, it might be a 128GB of space.
We don't know how much the Galaxy Note 5 will come with yet but chances are we'll see some sort of combo featuring 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.