Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 as a successor to the Note 4 in an event held in London and New York. The device marks a change in the strategy of Samsung where for the first time the Galaxy S device has been the flag bearer of the change while the Note device has been the follower. Usually it is the Note device that sets the mandate for the upcoming smartphone but with the growing competition in the smartphone which are not phablets segment, it makes sense for Samsung to be focusing on making the Galaxy S the flagship once again.
All of this comes from the announcement where the Note 5 is pretty much everything that the Galaxy S6 was with some incremental improvements thrown in with what you would expect from a Note smartphone. The Note 5 is ever so slightly thin and smaller than the Note 4 despite retaining the same 5.7 inch display with a 2K resolution, enough to make it a talking point. The display remains a Super AMOLED display. The Note 5 comes with the same Exynos 7420, 64 Bit Octa core chip as the Galaxy S6, though it is coupled with a 4 GB RAM. It would be available in both 32 and 64 GB variants, though this time the phone has no expandable memory capabilities, nor is the battery removable.
Speaking of the battery, the Note 5 comes with a 3000 mAh battery which comes with quick charging capability. The phone is also capable of wireless charging out of the box. The camera on the Note 5 will be a 16 MP unit on the rear and the front facing camera would be a 5 MP sensor. Out of the box, the device will run Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with Samsung’s Touchwiz running on top.
The Note’s S-Pen this time comes with a push to release mechanism and will be more precise when taking down notes. It is also taller than last time, making it easier to take notes using it. The phone will ship in several color choices including black, golden, silver and white. Though the release date in India is not clear, the phone is up for pre-order already in the United States and will be available starting August 21st on all major carriers.