After months of rumors and reports, yesterday morning, during an Unpacked event held in New York, the folks at Samsung officially introduced their latest and greatest flagship phablet, the much-awaited Galaxy Note 5. Just like the rumor mill anticipated, Galaxy Note 5 wasn’t the only star of yesterday’s press event, as the South Korean phone maker also introduced the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Without a doubt, Samsung’s new smartphones are some of the most powerful on the market, so let’s see what Galaxy Note 5’s specs look like.
As you may already know, starting with the new Galaxy S6, Samsung has changed their design philosophy in an attempt to further penetrate the premium smartphone segment. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 continues the design philosophy introduced earlier this year by Galaxy S6, bringing a glass back panel, a metal frame around the edges and a protruding camera sensor. The back also has some S6 Edge-like curved edges which makes it easier to hold. The South Korean said that the new Note 5 will be available in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum at debut, with Silver Titan and White Pearl color options following in select markets.
Hardware-wise, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a beast, just like previous reports have suggested. It features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution, 518 ppi pixel density, and Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The processing tasks are handled by a Samsung-made 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 SoC with quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex A57 + quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex A53 CPU and Mali T760MP8 GPU. The smartphone also integrates 4 GB of RAM, it will be available with both 32 and 64 GB of on-board storage, but it lacks microSD support.
On the back of the phone there’s a 16 MP main camera with F/1.9 aperture, LED flash, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and 4K video recording support. The front panel accommodates a 5 MP user-facing camera with Wide Selfie feature.
In terms of connectivity, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 brings LTE Cat. 9 / Cat. 6, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS, NFC, and microUSB 2.0. The smartphone is kept alive by a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery with quick charging support and Samsung says that it will go from 0 to 100% in only 120 minutes. The handset is 153.2 mm tall, 76.1 mm wide, and only 7.6 mm thin, while weighing in at 171 grams.
Because it’s a member of the Note family, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 also arrives with an S Pen stylus and S Pen-specific software features. It’s also worth adding that the new S Pen is now spring-loaded and the Air Command window has learned a couple of new tricks. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box customized with TouchWiz UI with updated Camera app, and more.
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