We are live from Samsung’s Unpacked 2015 event, and we just got done playing with the new Galaxy Note 5. The device is set to launch in the US next month, with pre-orders beginning this week for those interested.
For specs, the Galaxy Note 5 features a 5.7″ QHD Super AMOLED display (518ppi), Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing camera with OIS, 5MP front-facing camera, 3,000mAh non-removable battery, 32GB and 64GB storage options (no microSD), microUSB port, and “fast wireless charging,” with Android 5.1.1 running underneath TouchWiz UI.
In-hand, I must say, Samsung has me believing in large devices once again. While the display is rather large at 5.7″, the phone’s footprint in my hand feels much better than that of the Galaxy Note 4, as Samsung was able to slim down the body quite a bit. The exterior is much like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, featuring metallic framing and glass, giving the Galaxy Note 5 a super premium feel while in-hand.
As for what’s new, the list is not that long. Yes, the device has an updated design and a bit of updated hardware, but that’s about it. Hardcore Note series fans will likely be left frustrated, as removable batteries and expandable storage have long been calling cards of the Note lineup. With the removal of both of those key features, we will see just how loyal Samsung buyers truly are.
Sadly, representatives of Samsung state the Silver model I fell in love with may not come to the US, but that Gold Platinum and White will be available. Check out our hands-on video below and gallery of photos, then let us know in the comments if you are picking this device up.
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