Samsung is holding its big Unpacked event next Thursday, August 13th, where the Korean tech company is expected to unveil the new Galaxy Note 5. We’ve already seen a ton of in-hand photos of the new device, along with what’s purported to be official press renders of both the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. There have also been a few photos showing off a brief glimpse of the new Note’s software, but none that reveal any new features the device might bring to the table. That changes today, as we’re now getting another in-hand look at what’s supposedly the new Galaxy Note 5 and a glimpse of what the redesigned Air Command menu may look like.
As you can see from the images attached above and below, these leaked photos back up pretty much every other Note 5 leak we’ve seen in the past. The device looks to tote a similar design language to that of the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, featuring aluminum edges and two glass panels on the front and back. Nothing seems too out of the ordinary here – it has the iconic Samsung home button flanked by recent apps and back keys, volume buttons on the left-hand side, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port (not USB Type-C), speaker grill and S Pen slot on the bottom.
One thing to note, though, is the way the back panel appears to curve up on the left and right sides of the device, likely to make handling the large-screened smartphone much more comfortable.
Looking at the second image, it looks like we’re getting a good look at Samsung’s redesigned Air Command menu that includes shortcuts for Action memo, Smart select, Screen write, S Note, Settings and even an Instagram shortcut. This probably means Samsung may allow users to customize the last shortcut slot, which is a feature most users will welcome to the device. The entire Air Command menu looks much more refined, as well, as the background now appears to blur when Air Command is opened.
Now that we’ve seen multiple leaks of this new phablet, what are your thoughts? Do you think this will be your next smartphone, or will you pass? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!