Sam­sung Galaxy Note5

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The Sam­sung Galaxy Note5 is cut from the same cloth as the smaller S6 we saw in March last year. It sports Go­rilla Glass front and back, a strength­ened metal frame, a 16MP, op­ti­cally sta­bi­lized rear cam­era and 5MP front cam­era, a fin­ger­print-sens­ing Home but­ton, a heart rate mon­i­tor at the flash area, sup­port for two wire­less charg­ing stan­dards, a su­per-fast Exynos oc­ta­core pro­ces­sor, speedy UFS 2.0 stor­age, and 4GB LPDDR4 RAM. It is how­ever much larger than the S6, with a 5.7-inch dis­play.

Like the S6, there’s nei­ther a re­mov­able bat­tery nor ex­pand­able stor­age and un­for­tu­nately, un­like the S6, there’s no 128GB ver­sion avail­able. The high­est stor­age ca­pac­ity is 64GB.

The Note5 boasts a Su­per AMOLED panel with a whop­ping 2,560 x 1,440 pix­els (518 ppi) res­o­lu­tion in a 16:9 as­pect ra­tio. Hav­ing said that, do­ing a sideby-side com­par­i­son with just your eye, it’s hard to see much, if any, dif­fer­ence be­tween the Note5 and iPhone 6s Plus. You will how­ever no­tice its flaw­less con­trast, vivid col­ors and deep blacks. The dis­play is one of the bright­est we’ve seen, even by Sam­sung stan­dards.

Like pre­vi­ous Notes, the Note5’s stand­out fea­ture is its S Pen sty­lus, which now has a spring-loaded tip for easy ejec­tion. New fea­tures this time around in­clude Scroll Cap­ture, which lets you screen-cap­ture a long web­page and then an­no­tate it af­ter­wards; PDF writ­ing us­ing both pen and fin­ger; and Screen Off Memo, which lets you start writ­ing on the screen the mo­ment you eject the S Pen. The rear cam­era has some new soft­ware up­grades. Pro mode lets you save pho­tos as RAW and man­u­ally ad­just the shut­ter speed be­tween 1/24,000 and 10 sec­onds. Videos should also ap­pear less shaky due to im­proved soft­ware-based video sta­bi­liza­tion. Last but not least, you can com­bine mul­ti­ple videos (in­clud­ing slow-mo footage) into a video col­lage, and stream a Full HD live feed straight from the cam­era to YouTube. Add all th­ese to the fast startup (just dou­ble-press the Home but­ton), high sen­si­tiv­ity, and a class-lead­ing im­age qual­ity, and you’ve got one of the best cam­era phones on the mar­ket to­day.

The Galaxy Note5 is pow­ered by Sam­sung’s in-house Exynos 7420, an octa-core SoC fab­ri­cated us­ing a 14nm process. Based on ARM’s big.LIT­TLE con­fig, it has four Cor­tex-A57 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four Cor­tex-A53 cores at 1.5GHz. The GPU con­tin­ues to be a Mali-T760 MP8.

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