It rarely happens that a manufacturer manages to keep its new product under wraps until the day it’s officially announced. Usually, especially when it comes to highly anticipated smartphones and tablets from the top tier, rumors begin circulating months before expected release. Such is the case with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The phablet isn’t due for at least another month or so, but we already know quite a few important details regarding its key specs and design. Here’s what to expect from the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 based on all the leaks and rumors we have come across.
Galaxy Note 5 – What to expect from the next Samsung’s phablet
The Galaxy Note 5 will probably feature Samsung’s characteristic design language with metal and glass used for the body. If so, the device will be a pleasure to look at and hold in hand, much like the attractive Galaxy S6 – exactly what a 2015 flagship phablet should be.
Like other members of the Galaxy Note family, the 5th generation will pack a large screen, possibly measuring 5.89 inches diagonally. Earlier rumors suggested that Samsung may go for a UHD resolution (2160×3840 pixels) which would work out to a jaw-dropping pixel density of 748ppi. Now it appears that the claim was a bit far-fetched and the company may actually settle for a QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display.
Processor and Battery
Inside Galaxy Note 5’s massive body allegedly will be ticking Samsung’s own Exynos 7422 chip. An Exynos 7430 was also mentioned once or twice, but it may be just an engineering sample that won’t be used in the units that will arrive at stores. The Galaxy Note 5 obviously is going to be a powerhouse and as such it will naturally need lots of power to get users through the day. It seems that it won’t be a problem thanks to a generous 4,100 mAh battery. If true, it will be a significant improvement over Galaxy Note 4’s 3,220mAh unit, but there is one downside – it’s possible that the battery won’t be removable.
The phablet will of course offer LTE speeds for accessing the internet. Actually, we don’t need leaks and rumors to assume that, since a device of Galaxy Note 5 class has absolutely no chance of surviving on the market without LTE radio on board. The phone is also believed to sport a USB Type C port which will offer a reversible charging plug as well as double the data transfer speeds as a USB 3.0 standard with a 10 Gbps speed over the older 5 Gbps.
As for the operating system, at the moment it’s unclear which version of Android will be preloaded on the phablet. Testing models run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop; however, by the time the device is released, Android M may be already available. Regardless of which version of Android Samsung will use, it will come with TouchWiz skin on top.
No Galaxy Note 5 Edge
It was reported that Samsung could release an Edge variant of the Galaxy Note 5, but it might not be the case after all. There is a certain device known as Project Zen which supposedly features a 5.4-inch/5.5-inch Super AMOLED dual-edge curved display, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 16GB of storage, a 16-megapixel main camera with OIS, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, but a leak from China denies that it’s going to be the Note 5 Edge.
Of course, no matter how reliable and trustworthy the sources of the leaks and rumors seem, all pieces of information regarding the Galaxy Note 5 are still far from official. The thing with rumors is that they may or may not turn out to be true. The only way to know for sure is when the device is officially announced and for that we still have to wait a few weeks.
Samsung was initially expected to present the Galaxy Note 5 to the world in September, but we could actually see the device in all its glory as early as August, according to the latest news coming from Asia. The manufacturer may want to unveil its phablet before the iPhone 6S debuts, in order to have users’ undivided attention.
One things is certain, though. The closer to the big day, the more rumors and leaks we will see. If anything new comes up, we will let you know immediately so check back with us often.