Samsung Galaxy Note5
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.