The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 release date is set for next week, when the South Korean tech giant is hosting a press event in New York. While surprising that the Galaxy Note 5 is being launched so early, most people are very glad to see the new Note series improve. The Galaxy Note 4 was the flagship of the year and is considered one of the best smartphones on the market, and the holder of the best smartphone display title at the same time. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have overcome the barriers the Galaxy Note 4 still had, but they were missing the stylus and the large footprint that are representative of the Note series. That isn’t a problem, according to Samsung, as the new Galaxy Note 5 is ready to be launched and shipped to enthusiasts all over the world.
Luckily, Samsung wasn’t very good at keeping things hush-hush with the Galaxy Note 5, so we can actually see what the handset will look like ahead of the launch. Droid Life got their hands on a set of Galaxy Note 5 hands-on images, and while at first, one might think they’re holding a Galaxy S6, rest assured that it is the Note 5. The stylus at the bottom right of the handset gives everything away about make and model and thus leaves us with a feeling of anticipation towards the new launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is going to be a powerhouse, but the company is going to focus more on practicality and premium design on this one. The Note 4 was an innovative new smartphone, launched next to the Galaxy Note Edge. New stylus features in TouchWiz were acclaimed by fans and in that spirit, Samsung is adding more to the user experience involving the S Pen. Judging by the leaked Galaxy Note 5 images, TouchWiz’s Air Command will be receiving a slight update, through which users of the Note 5 will be able to actually customize Air Commands and add third-party application support on their own.
Even though there aren’t too many styli fans out there, fans of the Note series find that the S Pen is one of the most attractive features of the series. Samsung is keeping that alive with the new S Pen, which will feature upgraded specs and functions and will actually be water resistant, according to our sources. Although it would have been better to see a waterproof Galaxy Note 5 this year, that would have added to the already high cost of the handset considerably more. We’re already wary of the Galaxy Note 5 price, as sources tell us it’s going to be above the $700 mark for the base model, which is darn expensive.
Besides upgrading software, Samsung is also upgrading the Galaxy Note 5 design with elements that people acclaimed in the Galaxy S6 series in March. As such, the Galaxy Note 5 looks much like the Galaxy S6 from the front, with a metal chassis and glass panels all around. The back panel and sides have a neat curvature to them, reminding us of the Galaxy S6 Edge, which is intended to help with one-handed use. After all, the Galaxy Note 5 is a large phone with a 5.7 inch display – one-handed use isn’t really a hot topic. Chamfered metal is all around the edges of the phone, giving the handset a premium look and feel that will most likely draw in fans from Apple communities as well.
The size of the Galaxy Note 5 is still just approximated, seeing as the leaked pictures don’t come with the best reference points. Nonetheless, we’re pretty sure about the 5.7 inch display. The resolution will stay at QHD 2560*1440, because putting 4K resolution of a phone with a confirmed 3000 mAh battery would not be the smartest choice ever, unless you want to embed a solar charger in the phone itself just to keep it alive during the day. QHD is satisfying enough, and most Android users would agree with that statement. After all, if it’s not broke, there’s no need to fix it.
Official specs have not been revealed and Samsung is being very careful with this information. The company will be using its own CPUs in the Galaxy Note 5 configuration, and while some say the same Exynos 7420 CPU is going to be in the Note 5 as in the Galaxy S6, others think the company will up their processor game with this new release and add a new member to their CPU portfolio. What we do know is that the device will undoubtedly be a powerhouse, as it will in fact sport 4 GB RAM under the hood, alongside 32, 64 and 128 GB ROM. How surprising would it be to see a Qualcomm chipset in the Note 5?
Finally, the Galaxy Note 5 will aim to please both fans of the series, as well as fans of premium smartphones, phablets, styli, Android and of course, fans of the Galaxy S6 series. Regardless of what the Galaxy Note 5 price will be, Samsung wants this phone to become the staple piece of any power user that loves Android and anybody who appreciates premium design and premium features. Spending more than $7001 on a phone might be a bit too much for most people, but Samsung is counting on the appeal of the Note 5 thanks to the great reviews of the already expensive Galaxy S6.
More information about the Galaxy Note 5 should be revealed in New York next week, and we will keep you guys up to date with details about the Note 5 specs, features, availability and pricing. As soon as the launch event commences, the Galaxy Note 5 will most likely become the talk of the town – or at least the talk of the smartphone industry.