Samsung have officially launched their flagship phablet: Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Samsung is trying to be ahead of Apple by launching their devices a month earlier than the launch of the next iPhone and guess what, it’s available to preorder from Today and will be available in shops by 21st August! Now that’s some planning eh Sammy?
The Note 5 looks a masterpiece and is the perfect droid in almost every way, hence justifying the title of the post. The Note 5 features the new design which Samsung used for the Galaxy S6, which I think Samsung will be using for a very long time like they always do. But hey! Not complaining!. It has a glass back and is surrounded by a metal frame which is gorgeous IMHO.
The thing that separates Note series from the Galaxy range is the signature stylus or the gimmicky named S-Pen. Note 5 comes with an all new S Pen which now has improved functionality with more pressure points and now auto-ejects!(on a click of course).
Note 5 has an awesome Notes on the go feature where you can take out the phone from your pocket, snap out the S pen and immediately start taking notes! Yes, without any cumbersome process of unlocking the phone and opening a new app. This S-pen has now become an integrated part of the Note series is one of the key reason that people buy these devices.
Yep! It features a captivating 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display with the screen resolution of 1440 X 2560. The display size is same as the predecessor, Note 4 however the overall phone dimensions have decreased thanks to better screen:front ratio. The display size hits the sweet spot for the Phablet category. This Super AMOLED panel is an enhanced version of the one used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 with more accurate colours.
What’s the powerhouse in this beast?
Well as for the chipset, it is powered by the same one as used in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, i.e: 14nm Exynos 7420 octa-core SoC with 4 Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and 4 Cortex A57 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz. Samsung already proved with their Galaxy S6/Edge that there is nothing more powerful than their Exynos 7420 chipset in Android realm with benchmarks touching the sky-high of 69,000 points. But unlike the Galaxy S6, the Note 5 do gets 4 GB of RAM. It’s a heaven for heavy-multitaskers. 😎
Due to Qualcomm’s failure to keep the Snapdragon 810 from literally burning up, this year has been purely reigned by Samsung’s sweet 14nm Exynos 7420. This home-brewed chip by Sammy is literally a generation ahead of all it’s competitors. Let’s see how S7 pans out with the rumoured Exynos M1, which may feature Heterogeneous System Architecture, employing GPU stream processors supported by the latest tools for ARM core development.
The camera is more or less similar to the Galaxy S6. It packs a 16 megapixel f/1.9 rear camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation, Auto HDR, IR white balance detection and 4K video capture. It also features a 5 megapixel f/1.9 front camera, wide aperture for perfect selfies. Note 5 runs on a 3000 mAh juice pack which is non-removable but is claimed to have Super quick charging, which can charge this 3k mAh pack full from 0% to 100% in just 90 minutes!
It comes in 32 GB and 64 GB internal storage variants, but sadly no micro SD slot for expanding storage is there just like it’s Galaxy sibling. Running on top of this unparalleled hardware is the latest Android 5.1.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which has evolved beautifully from last iterations as it is now pretty light and bloat free.
The price is not yet revealed, but expect anything ~900 USD(₹ 55,000-60,000) depending on the variant. But one thing for sure, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is surely a beast of a device and nothing else comes close to it in raw performance, productivity, multimedia consumption etc.
Unpacked Keynote (in case you missed it)
What’s your take on Note 5? Are you sold? Let us know in comments below. Cheers.