Samsung’s phablet upgrade for 2015 has finally arrived. Actually, there are two of them this time. But, Galay Note 5 is the real thing we all are interested in. Let’s be frank, spec sheets aren’t improving by leaps now, and that’s true for Note 5 as well. It’s mightier but not a huge upgrade from Note 4. It looks more like an incremental update to me.
Firstly, the display which has always been the key feature of Note series remains unchanged from Note 4. It’s the 5.7 inch unit with QuadHD 2K resolution.It uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED panel. However, it uses a newer Exynos 7420 octa-core processor (2.1GHz quad-core + 1.5GHz quad-core). This new processor uses 14nm fabrication process. Of course, it supports 64 bit computing. Samsung has added another gigabyte of RAM, making it total 4GB on Note 5. It’s also newer LPDDR4.
Galaxy Note 5 has 3000 mAh battery, slightly lower from 3,220 mAh on Note 4. Note 5 now has integrated wireless charging which takes 120 mins to charge fully. The camera too remains the same 16MP module on the rear with f/1.9 aperture. The front camera has been upgraded to 5MP with f/1.9 aperture. Note 5 will come in two memory variants: 32GB and 64GB. The disappointing part is it skips memory card slot which will upset loyal Note series users.
Should you upgrade to Note 5? If you have Note 4, then I don’t see any urgency to upgrade unless you want to be the first to own it. Improvements are minor. Maybe Note 3 should give it a thought. I’m already seeing people, including existing users, ridiculing Samsung for its new devices. Samsung’s sales and profits have already begun tumbling so Note 5 and S6 Edge+ have a great responsibility.