Samsung has just recently released its two official smartphones namely the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ at the Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event in New York City, where both smartphones which is actually made for the phablet (a combination of a smartphone and a tablet phone) market will be available by the end of August or as early as September. The Galaxy Note 5 which is the more stand out between these phablet features the sleekest design yet with obviously a powerful hardware and can be described as one of the most elegant phablet yet created by Samsung.
Before approaching the Galaxy Note 5 and what it could give to the consumers, let’s take a look at its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 4 which is a phablet providing a powerful software and hardware that can run a Gear Vitual Reality (VR) headset smoothly alongside its powerful display. On the other hands, the Note 5 that may have shares a good range of specs from its predecessor, does features new software and may have less weighs when compared with its predecessor. It also can be found in 32GB and 64GB memory variant within a Black Sapphire and White Pearl.
Design and Build Quality
The Galaxy Note 5 together with an S Pen is built within fake leather and metallic plastic trim that captured and reproduced the looks of the S6 while the device’s front and back is supported by a Gorilla Glass 4 and an aluminium frame that can’t be removes. The back of the device’s curve shape its rounded sharp edges that makes the display of the device perfectly flat and is similar to the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro. The display of the device has also been surrounded with narrow bezels.
However, the Note 5 didn’t provide a place to replace the battery and a microSD expansion slot due to its back which is not removable. Although its mean that the phone lacks some features, it also mean a better battery management with its turbo charging as well as a natural progression seemed by consumers nowadays to faster its cloud storage and internal memory.
Display and Features
The Galaxy Note 5 offers consumers 5.7 inches QHD (2560x1440pixels) Super AMOLED display that gives them great image clarity as it produces a pixel density of 518 per inch. The display is also sharp, bright and saturated which is suit with any type of media especially for watching videos or maybe playing games.
The special feature of this device is its S Pen stylus, where the pen provides consumers with an automatic eject mechanism. This can be done by pressing the end of the pen and then it would pop out from its housing. Pressing the end of the pen would also open up the new Air Command menu featured by the Note 5.The pen could also help consumers to easily access the Smart Select, Action Memo, Screen White and S Note, and others customizable options in the device’s circular menu.
Software and Performance
The Galaxy Note 5 is running on Android 5.5.1 Lollipop with Touchwiz running on top of it. The software can be upgraded to Android M which is going to be launched by the end of 2015. Apart from that, the Note 5 also sustains its features and gives consumers an easy way to do their payment at local stores or any place that offers credit card terminals by providing Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) through its software, Samsung Pay.
Even though the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is thicker, wider and heavier, as well as it provides consumer with larger battery and additional RAM, the device is quite identical with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ internal specifications. The internal specification includes the used of64-bit eight-core Exynos 7420 SoC with four-core Cortex-A57 clocked at 2.1GHz for the main processor, and four-core Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz for an additional processor, coupled with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM for better multitasking.
Camera and Battery
Samsung has installs a 16MP main shooter for the Galaxy Note 5 that offers optical image stabilization and 5MP for the front camera with both providing low-light sensor. Interestingly, people who like or love to view YouTube video can view any videos including live streaming video that would be broadcast from the device.
The 3,000 mAh non-removable battery of the Note 5 has been setting up with an innovative creation of wireless charging technology, where it allows consumers to turbo charge their device wirelessly in about 120 minutes through the use of Samsung’s special wireless platter. In addition, the battery of the Note 5 can be charge on any wireless charger but may not provide fast charge as the platter while with cable the Note 5’s battery can be turbo charge in about 90 minutes.
Release Date and Price
Galaxy Note 5 will be released in September in S. Korea while Quater 4 in USA. Galaxy Note 5 will also be released on 4th of September in Malaysia. The device is expected to cost less than Galaxy Edge+. Galaxy Note 5 will cost a whopping RM 2,699 ! Considering ringgit has lost huge value these few months
To put it briefly, the Galaxy Note 5 created by Samsung is a great upgrade from their Galaxy Note 4 with some additional improvements such as Air Command menu and S Pen stylus. The exquisite hardware and new software provided by the device could make it one of a great phablet phone in the world even if it lacks the microSD card slot and removable battery which is something that fans of Samsung has to learn to adopt in the future.
Pros and Cons
- The device provide consumers with a beautiful display
- The phone itself has an ergonomic design
- Samsung has improved its S Pen functions
- The Samsung Galaxy Note S5 would be an expensive phablet
- The device use a smaller battery compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4