Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 phablet earlier today. The handset has been the subject of innumerable leaks over the past few days and it’s good to see that the device has finally gone official.
As far as the hardware specs is concerned, Samsung hasn’t changed much in the design department and the only difference we see here is the S Pen stylus and the larger display panel when compared to the Galaxy S6. Everything else inside is comparable to the Galaxy S6 from a few months ago. Fans who were expecting to see the new Exynos silicon will be disappointed as the handset has the same Exynos 7420 chip from the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.
So what can you expect with the new Note flagship?
Well, there’s a 5.7 inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a 16-megapixel rear camera (f/1.9 sensor with OIS), a 5-megapixel front camera (f/1.9), 32 or 64GB of storage underneath (non-expandable), 4GB of RAM, Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz and a 3,000 mAh battery. The company is also offering Ultra High Quality Audio with the Galaxy Note 5, which should offer better performance from the onboard speakers.
The S Pen on the phablet has received some tweaking as well, which can now function when the display is turned off. There’s a click mechanism to take it out of the silo and that’s pretty much everything you’ll find changed with the new S Pen. It’s commendable that Samsung has managed to pack in all this hardware in a body that is only 7.6mm thick. That’s 0.9mm slimmer than the predecessor.
Now for the all important question, the pricing. Well, T-Mobile is the only carrier that has announced availability (August 21) as well as pricing details. The carrier will offer the smartphone next Friday for $0 down and 23 monthly installments of $29.17 and one payment of $29.08 which roughly translates to a full retail pricing of $699.99.
You can head over to the carrier’s page from the link below to express your interest. As a thank you, the carrier is giving users an year’s worth of Netflix subscription for free with the purchase of the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 edge+.
Make sure you watch this introduction video of the Galaxy Note 5 to learn more about its features.