As we push deeper into the summer, we’re starting to learn a whole lot more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and more specifically, the Verizon Galaxy Note 5. With a launch date all but confirmed for next month, we take a look at the most important things to know right now about the Verizon Galaxy Note 5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumors have started to emerge at a breakneck pace as we make our way towards Samsung’s usual Galaxy Note launch window. Vague rumors have morphed into very specific Galaxy Note 5 rumors and we now have a read on the device’s launch date, release date, specs, and more.
One version of the Galaxy Note 5 that is almost certainly on the way is the Verizon Galaxy Note 5, a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Note 4 and one of the year’s most exciting phones.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 5 release isn’t confirmed but today we want to take a look at the most important things you need to know if you’re a Verizon customer or if you’re a free agent planning to head to Verizon. Here’s what you need to know about the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 right now.
Verizon Galaxy Note 5 All but Confirmed
If you’re interested in buying a new Verizon Galaxy Note the first thing that you need to know is that the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 is all but confirmed. Verizon hasn’t confirmed anything yet but we don’t need it to. It’s clear that this phone is on its way in the next few weeks.
It’s not clear if Samsung will host a live stream of the event but if the past is any indication, those of you that aren’t in attendance will be able to watch all of the festivities from the comforts of your office or home. If you’re at all interested in this phone, it’ll be worth tuning in to the event.
Verizon probably won’t take the stage but we typically see Samsung confirm carriers on stage and carriers announce their own plans after the conclusion of an event.
The date isn’t confirmed yet but the FCC filing means that there’s a good chance that we’ll see Verizon release its new Galaxy Note earlier this time around.
We typically don’t see FCC clearance happen until launch day or in the days after launch day. This early prep work means that we’re getting very close to the device’s release day and it means that we’ll probably get a concrete date on or around August 13th.
The Galaxy Note 5 is rumored to have 4GB of RAM on board and thanks to a potential benchmark, we now know that there’s a good chance the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 will feature 4GB of RAM.
If this is true, the Galaxy Note 5 will become the first Galaxy Note to feature 4GB of RAM. And if this is true, the Galaxy Note 5 will almost certainly become one of the more powerful smartphones of the year.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 5 is thought to have a Exynos 7420 octa-core CPU on board. The benchmarks are extremely solid and they put the device in and around benchmarks scored by the Samsung Galaxy S6. The Exynos 7420 is the same CPU found inside the Galaxy S6.
Early Galaxy Note 5 rumors pointed to a new Exynos 7422 CPU but it looks like Samsung might not be making a change here with the Galaxy Note 5.
The benchmark hints at an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop base for the Verizon Galaxy Note 5. This isn’t at all surprising given that Android M isn’t official yet and Android 5.1.1 serves as the company’s most current version of Android software.
Galaxy Note 5 rumors have pointed to some additional software features including Write on PDF support for the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen but that remains unconfirmed. Samsung’s known for enhancing its Galaxy Note software, both S Pen and otherwise, each and every year so there’s a good chance we’ll see some new features emerge for Verizon’s model.
The Galaxy Note 5 is rumored to have a flat 5.7-inch display with Quad HD resolution. What this means is that the Galaxy Note 5’s display will likely be a larger version of the display found on Verizon’s Galaxy S6. Not that this is a bad thing. The Verizon Galaxy S6 comes with one of the best displays out right now.
The Galaxy Note 5 is also rumored to have an upgraded S Pen that looks and feels like a real pen, a new design that’s in line with the premium Galaxy S6 form factor, four color options, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery that should deliver the same great battery life that current Galaxy Note users are accustomed to.
There’s been some back and forth about a Galaxy Note 5 microSD card slot (we wouldn’t bet on it having one) and it’s not clear yet if the device’s design will feature a slot or if it will shun one like the Galaxy S6 design. Either way, expect the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 to have a ton of storage for music, apps, and more.
If you’re not committed to Verizon, know that there are at least two more Galaxy Note 5 variants set to hit the United States.
We haven’t see the U.S. Cellular or T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5 models emerge just yet but we have seen the AT&T Galaxy Note 5 and Sprint Galaxy Note 5 clear the FCC. The AT&T Galaxy Note 5 is the SM-N920A while the Sprint Galaxy Note 5 is known as the SM-N920P.
We haven’t heard anything about the Verizon Galaxy Note 5 price just yet but we’re expecting the phone to be around $299.99 or so on-contract. This is what Verizon has charged for every single version of the Galaxy Note and it’s where the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 has stayed since its arrival last year.
The Verizon Galaxy Note 4 price has started to drop ahead of the Galaxy Note 5 launch with retailers like Amazon offering some permanent deals. While they might be tempting, know that the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 price will probably drop much further once the Galaxy Note 5 arrives.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Verizon, and other carriers, knocked the price down by $100 to make it more attractive next to the Galaxy Note 5. If that’s the case, know that the price of the Galaxy Note 4 will probably be around $199 on-contract.
10 Things to Do Before the Galaxy Note 5 Release Date
Research Your Galaxy Note 5 Storage Needs
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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.