On Thursday 13th August, Samsung held an Unpacked event at whch they release 2 new phablets. One of which was the latest update to their Note range and the other phone was a bigger version of their flagship, the Galaxy S6 Edge.
The first new smartphone the company decided to reveal was the latest edition to their Galaxy Note line up. The new Samsung Glaxy Note 5 is an impoved version on last years Note 4. The new phone has been improved slightly in some areas whilst being drastically changed in others.
For the new phablet, Samsung decided to ditch Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor and instead decided to opt for their own Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor. One big improvement made to the phone, compared to the Note 4, is the fact that it comes with a massive 4GB of RAM compared to the 3GB found on the Note 4. This should mean even smoother performance, multitasking and a lag-free user experience on the new smartphone.
As far as storage goes, there has been speculation as to how much internal storage the phone will come with – with the press event showing that the phone will come with 32 & 64 GB of internal storage with no options for expansion. However, some US carriers are offering pre-orders for models with 128GB of internal storage.
Due to the new Glass back, the Note 5 comes with a non-removable back. This means gone are the days for swapping a finished battery for a fully charged one. To make matters w0rse, the phone has a slightly smaller 3,000 mAh compared to the Note 4 which has 3220mAh. This is probably due to the fact that the Note 5 is notably smaller than its predecessor.
The biggest chage that you will see in the new Note 5 compared to the old one is the design. Gone are the days with tacky flimsy plastic back covers, as the new Note 5 features similar design characteristics as the Galaxy S6. The new phone comes in a metal unibdy design and a curved back glass that is supposed to help make the phone feel more comfortable in the hand. We have mixed opinions about this. Whilst it definitely gives the phone the premium look and feel that we want our phones to have, the glass back is likely to be a fingerprint magnet and slippery to use. However, overall we have to admit that the design looks much better and definitely more premium than previous Samsung Note editions.
As we mentioned before, unfortunately, because the back is all glass – this has removed the option for users to have removable back covers, which was one of the key selling points of the Note line up. Now, users will have not have the option to remove the battery or insert an SD card for that matter.
The phone comes in a slightly more compact form factor than the previous Note 4, coming in at 153.2mm x 76.1mm. and it is also only 7.6mm thin. It’s also slightly lighter than its predecessor, coming in at 171g.
The new flagship keeps the same 5.7” screen despite the phone being smaller. And it is the same Super AMOLED technology that was found on the previous Note. Also reappearing is the same Quad HD resolution leaving you with 2560 x 1440 resolution giving you an eye watering 518 pixels per inch. Crispy.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 hopes to give users the best camera experience thus far. With the phone coming with a 16MP sensor with f/1.9 aperture, similar to what is found on the Galaxy S6. Of course we expect photos to be crisp and clear and for 4K Video capability to return. The new Note also comes with a 5MP front-facing camera which is slightly more than what was found on the Note 4.
The phone will also come with the option for RAW support for photos. As well as the option for Live Streaming on YouTube.
New & Improved
The phone has a couple of new and improved features to help make it better than the previous flagship. For example, on the Note 4 there was the awkward swiping gesture that you had to use to use the fingerprint scanner, but with this new and improved fingerprint scanner you will just have to keep your finger on the fingerprint for it to work its magic. With Samsung claiming its more precise than both the Note 4 and the Galaxy S6, it’s definitely going to make a lot of people happier to use the fingerprint sensor.
Another change that has been introduced is to the S Pen. The new S Pen on the Note 5 has been changed to give the user a better experience. With the Note 4, you were required to pull out the pen which was quite annoying at times; but with the Note 5, you push the S pen for it to come out a little and then you pull it out. Also, as well as the physical pen, the software for the S pen has been updated and refined to give a cleaner look.
New software features on the phone also allow for things such as being able to screenshot whole webpages which is a new addition to the Note 5. Also, probably one of the newsest and best features to be introduced is being able to take out the S pen whilst the phone is off, writing on the screen and inserting the pen back into the phone and your note being automatically saved. We feel this would be a very useful feature for times when you quickly need to take note of something such as a name, address or number.
Release Date & Price
The launch date for the US is August 21st with pre orders available now. As for other regions the phone is said to be coming out soon with prices ranging depending on where you live. However, we expect the phone to be cost around £600+ whe it finally comes to the UK.