The Galaxy Note 5 is out. Hooray! Fans who've been waiting for the next Note phablet was happy to know that most of the leaks and rumors we've seen the past few weeks turned out to be true. Not that anything was a surprise but it feels good to know that dreams really do come true. Okay, enough of the geeky drama. The new Note is here for us to enjoy and criticize and maybe in the next few days, watch as a latest subject of brutal drop tests. I'm not looking forward to stress tests but we have to know if the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ can live up to the many promises by the South Korean giant.
This year's Galaxy Note 5 has no removable battery and no microSD card slot--much like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. That decision by Samsung drew the company a lot of criticisms. The Note 5 is no different. It even has a smaller battery compared to last year's Note 4 but unexpectedly, and perhaps Samsung knew that there will be an improvement, a recent battery life test told us that Note 5's battery is more efficient compared to the older Note 4.
From 3220 mAh, Note 5's battery is now 3000mAh. People who only look at the numbers may be surprised about this but it's better, lasting up to 9 hours and 11 minutes. Reportedly, the Note 4 could only last up to a maximum of 8 hours and 43 minutes. Still not better than some of the latest premium flagship phones by other companies like HTC, Apple, LG, or Android on their phone-tablets but still good enough.
What's more interesting about the Note 5 is even if the battery is only at 3,000 mAh, charging is fast enough. Phone Arena recently did a test and discovered that it can be fully charged within 81 minutes. That's one hour and 21 minutes.
Phone Arena listed the performances of the latest smartphones. The Galaxy Note 5's charging time is behind the ASUS ZenFone 2's which can be charged within 58 minutes.
As for battery life, the Galaxy Note 5 is just behind the new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.