We’re hours away from Samsung launching the latest addition to its Galaxy Note range – the Galaxy Note 5. So here’s a little of what we expect from the new flagship phablet and its specs, sourced from recent leaks and the rumour mill.
The S-Pen on this model is said to be magnetically held with a release mechanism allowing it to pop out when required by touch or physical button (possibly even by speech as one rumour suggests) then discreetly hidden away when not in use. A slot to suggest this is true was seen in leaked snaps of the Note 5.
It’s looking very much like the Note 5 will be running on the 64-bit Exynos 7422 chipset which contains the CPU, GPU and RAM – not the Exynos 7420 (or Exynos 7 Octa) chipset as previously reported. This would make it even more powerful than the Galaxy S6 which itself clocks up to 2.1 GHz on benchmark tests using the 7420. Internal memory options are questionable at the moment but we expect like the S6 these would be the standard 32GB, 64GB and 128GB options – because, also like the S6, the Note 5 doesn’t look like it’ll provide a slot for MicroSD expansion.
A 16-megapixel main camera is expected with CMOS image sensor and battery life will be provided by a healthy 4100 mAh cell. However nothing has been reported to suggest wireless charging will be introduced to the Note range in its fifth generation.
We can but hope for a few of the wildcards will be brought to the table during today’s announcement with some of the more interesting rumours including a two-edge curved screen or flexible variant and a gold plated premium edition. These are purely fantasy until proven fact. (But if you check out the event invite it does hint at some curvature.)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will become official today – August the 13th at 10:30am ET, and we’ll see how close these speculations are and hopefully get a fixed release date and pricing info when the word arrives from New York.
It’s interesting to note (no pun intended) that the announcement date has been brought forward from its original September scheduling. September is historically the month when Apple releases a new iPhone.