In honor of Samsung's fifth phablet (try saying those two words quickly), we present five things to know about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is on its way, and we’ve only got about 4 months to go before its release. With that said, it’s time to run through five things you need to know about the Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 5 release date
A new rumor says the device will be launched in July, much earlier than the September timeline, but there are a few reasons to discount the rumor. First, Samsung’s got a Galaxy S6 Active on the way that was just spotted on Samsung’s Plus Program webpage. Next, Samsung always unveils its Active model during the summer months, particularly June-July. Another reason against the idea is the soon-to-arrive Avengers Edition Galaxy S6 models. With hints that the Avengers Edition models are on their way, we don’t seem room for a Galaxy Note 5 unveil this summer. We doubt it’s on Samsung’s “summer to-do list,” either.
So, if this is the case, there’s no way that Samsung would unveil its best and most prestigious smartphone this summer. A Fall release for the Galaxy Note 5 seems to be the best not only in terms of product unveils but also in terms of product hype and company sales.
It would be nice to have Samsung unveil its Galaxy Note phablet earlier this year, but don’t bank on this rumor coming true anytime soon. The device will be announced by the Korean manufacturer at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, in early September.
Galaxy Note 5 cameras
Samsung, like many manufacturers, has areas of predictability. In other words, what the company often does to one device (the Galaxy S6) will be done to the other device (the Note 5). With that said, you can expect the Galaxy Note 5 to bear the same 5MP front camera and 16MP back camera as the Galaxy S6, with the same f/1.9 camera apertures, too.
Samsung’s cameras in the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are industry-leading, and we don’t see the Galaxy Note 5 disappointing in that regard.
Galaxy Note 5 display size
Samsung has made its Galaxy S series the normal display size for consumers, with a “Mini” lineup for those who want something slightly better than a 4.3-inch display. The Galaxy Mega series is for those who want a 5.8-inch or 6.3-inch display. Notice that the 5.8-inch Mega puts it dangerously close to the Galaxy Note series.
With all these collections covering various display sizes, we don’t see the Note 5 getting wider. Instead, Samsung will maintain its same 5.7-inch display in the Note 5.
Galaxy Note 5 to possibly feature a 4K display
The Note 4 features a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440p) display, or what is known as a 2K display. According to new rumors, Samsung’s not done with perfecting its displays: the new Note 5 may see a 4K display with a screen resolution of 5,120 x 2,880p.
Some do not see the reason for a 4K display on a smartphone, but Samsung’s AMOLED displays are crisp, clear, and make colors “pop” as though you’re live at the event, concert, or even the movie you’re watching. We’re not sure how to interpret this rumor, but we’re not sure Samsung needs to make this step at this point in time. The 2K displays on the Note 4, Galaxy S6, and S6 edge are gorgeous. Of course, the more crisp and clear (with more detail), the better.
Galaxy Note 5 battery
Samsung slightly elevated its Note 4 battery from the Note 3 (3,220mAh vs. 3,200mAh), and we don’t see this trend changing in the Galaxy Note 5. The company’s gained some strength in optimizations with battery life, and we predict that Samsung will do the same while keeping the Note 5’s battery as thin and light as possible in the device’s thin and light body. If the Galaxy S6 Active rumors are right, Samsung’s soon-to-be-announced ruggedized device will pack a 3,500mAh battery. We don’t see the Note 5 topping this, considering that the S6 Active will also be a bit heavier to hold than the Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 4 easily provides 2 days of battery life, so you can expect the same in the Galaxy Note 5. Of course, if Samsung goes the thin and light route with the inclusion of a 4K display, we may see a decrease in battery life. These changes are insignificant for most consumers, who buy the Note each year because of its S-Pen stylus functionality and Samsung’s integration of its software with Google Keep, for example, rather than for its large battery and battery life (although more is always better with these categories).
These are five things to know about the Note 5. We have no word on whether Samsung will retain the microSD card slot of the Note 4, but we do know that Samsung will utilize its new Exynos 7420 octa-core processor in the Galaxy Note 5. That, alone, is exciting enough, since Samsung’s Note is the best productivity device to mandate the octa-core processor.