The Samsung Galaxy Note5 is the latest in the line that introduced us to the concept of a tablet in the first place. Following the Galaxy S-line's adoption of glass and metal, Samsung's taken the premium build to the Note series.
All is not great, and productivity features have been scrapped, just like the in the mainstream lineup - the Note no longer offers replaceable battery and microSD expansion. The S-Pen is still here though, and big-screen lovers will appreciate the beautiful AMOLED display, multi-window or otherwise.
Design and build quality
The Galaxy Note5 may have kept the screen size of the Note 4, but Samsung engineers have managed to fit it in a smaller body. Most impressive is the reduction in width - 2.5mm may not sound like much, but the side bezels are as thin as they come.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 comes with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixels resolution. That comes down to 518ppi, far past the point where individual pixels can be seen with the naked eye.
An inherent property of the display technology is the infinite contrast - a result of black pixels not being lit up at all. Maximum brightness in regular surroundings is a little over average for AMOLED panels, but when you set it to Auto and expose the phone to bright light, it pushes it a lot higher, and easily into LCD territory.
Sunlight legibility benefits from the infinite contrast and low reflectivity, which coupled with the boost in brightness makes the Galaxy Note5 among the best performers in direct sunlight.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000mAh battery capacity, a downgrade from the previous generation's 3,220mAh, and the fact that it's now non-removable.
Imaging on the Galaxy Note5 is handled by a 16MP primary camera with a Sony IMX240 sensor behind an f/1.9 lens - a setup borrowed from the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge released a few months back. It also has optical image stabilization and an LED flash to assist in the dark.
Up front you get a 5MP selfie shooter coupled with an f/1.9 lens too, but more importantly, it has a wide 120-degree field of view helping for group selfies. The rear-mounted heart rate sensor can be used as a shutter release button, which comes in handy.
The Note5 can capture video up to 2160p (4K), but it can also do 1440p (to match the display resolution), 1080p at 30 and 60fps and 720p slow motion clips at 120fps. HDR video and digital stabilizations is available, but not in 4K. The front camera tops out at 1440p/30fps.
- Note 5 Phone
- User Manual
- 5.7"1440x2560 pixels
- 2.1GHz Exynos 7420 Octa
- 4GB RAM, 64GB memory
- 3000mAh, Li-Po
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