Samsung Galaxy Note 5: What We Learned So far
The date is August 13th, so mark your dates. Do not tell us that we did not tell you when the reveal date of the device because we have just done so. Of course when we say reveal, there is always a certain degree of expectancy that comes with the reveal, especially with so many leaks and rumours going around about the upcoming “phablet” from the king themselves, Samsung. If you are wondering whether there is an Edge version of it fret not, it kind of does; in the form of the reported Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus that is rumoured to be having the same reveal date as the Note.
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— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2015
From leaked photos from @evleaks on twitter the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 actually do look very much alike except for its size. Of course this does not necessarily come as a surprise if you look at most of the past Galaxy Notes, they do share a common design with their smaller sized cousins. Of course they always differ in spec somehow. This Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be no different; although based on a similar design they will be fitted with more advanced internals. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is supposedly powered by an Exynos 7420 octa-core chip with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and the other four at 1.5GHz. Confusing? It is basically the same chipset you find in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, clocked at the same speed as well. This is probably the most surprising part of the Galaxy Note 5 as the older Galaxy Notes are clocked higher than their S cousins. With that we are expecting the same GPU to be powering the device also. What is going to help with the multitasking and making the device buttery smooth though is probably the bump in RAM to a reported 4GB.
Rains->Pours. Samsung Noble (SM-N920/self-reported): Exynos 7420 SoC (4×2.1GHz+4×1.5GHz), 5.66″ 2560×1440, 4GB/32GB, 16MP/5MP, 5.1.1, no SD.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 1, 2015
For the Samsung Galaxy Note fans the screen size is probably the name of the game. This time though the size of the screen will stay the same as the older Galaxy Note 4 at 5.66-inches. Even the resolution will remain at 2,560 x 1,440 quadHD. Starting to get bored yet? It will have a 5-megapixel front shooter and a 16-megapixel main camera mounted on the back of the device and will include a 32GB option in the mix. Another surprise would be that the device is reported to not have an SD card slot that users so adore. Even the battery is reportedly reduced to an irremovable 3,000mAh, smaller than the removable 3,220mAh carried in the older Galaxy Note 4.
What is interesting about the device though is that it is reported to have a ‘pop-up’ stylus where you just press the butt of the stylus in its dock and it should pop up easily for you to pull out. It will also mercifully ship with Android’s 5.1.1 Lollipop. Also although the camera pixel count does not differ from the Galaxy S6, the technology is quote impressive though. It is apparently the world’s first 1.0 micrometre 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, the thinnest produced by Samsung which means that the camera module does not protrude out like a terrible swell and in theory perform better in low light conditions. The exclusion of the MicroSD slot is a bummer we know but here is the thing, Samsung is rumored to be fitting the Galaxy Note 5 with something called a Ultra-Fast Storage 2.0, toted UFS 2.0. Now with this set up the Android that comes with it will run extra smooth as process time is cut down even further. The reason why the MicroSD slot is excluded then is due to the fact that the current MicroSD technology has not allowed MicroSDs to be read or written at the same speed as the UFS 2.0. Does not sound to bad after all huh?
Of course there are a few more rumours out there that point out different things on the device itself. For example, there are reports that claims that the Galaxy Note 5 is supposed to be powered by an Exynos 7422 octa-core processors, an all-in-one processor (CPU, GPU, RAM, Storage) instead of the same processor powering the current outgoing Galaxy S6. Some even reported that the 7430 was in development and preparation for the upcoming device. There were even rumours before this about a ‘project Zen’ to be a successor to the older Galaxy Note Edge but it looks like the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is going to take the limelight later this August 13th.
For those of you who are a little more tech savvy also would notice that the reveal date is a little peculiar as previous Galaxy Note devices has always been launched at the month of September. This time it is going to be officialised earlier in August, 2015. Now we can recognise a few justifications to this date. Samsung has also been rumoured to be working on their own e-payment system to rival the Apple Pay system called Samsung Pay. The name seems like a no-brainer but the released date is also to push the Samsung Pay system even before Apple could push theirs in September when they launch their new iPhone line. Talking about the iPhone also, releasing or revealing the Galaxy Note 5 ahead will give Samsung a one step advantage in pulling interests from customers. Of course the move can also backfire in a few ways, but we will keep the topic for another article.
Whatever it is though the date has been set and we can only anticipate in waiting of the confirmed details of the Galaxy Note 5. It does not seem like a huge improvement over the Galaxy Note 4 at the moment but you can only conclude that once the device is officiated on the specified date. We do love the Galaxy Note line, in fact we are avid users of the Note devices, naturally we expect great things to come from this line of devices every year. In case you missed it, the date is August 13th, 2015. If you’d like to watch the launch event in your own couch (or wherever you like for that matter), there will be a live stream at Samsung Tomorrow , Samsung’s official blog or you can watch them from their Youtube channel. Do keep watch of this space for the updates on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and of course the Samsung Galaxy S6 Plus. In the meantime, what do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and what would you like to see on the upcoming device? Let us know in the comment space below.