One of the most impressive mobile releases in 2014 was the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet. The commercially successful handset was also very well received critically this time round, and Samsung to some extent revealed a blueprint for the device which it may later utilize for the Galaxy S6 and other mobile releases.
Although the Galaxy Note 5 isn’t expected until late in the third quarter of 2015, Samsung will already be working hard on improving the latest device in the Galaxy Note series, given the good reputation it has deservedly earned.
The Galaxy Note 4 has an unrivalled set of specifications in the mobile industry, so improving on these will be no mean feat for Samsung. But the Korean corporation has always prided itself on ensuring that the Galaxy Note series delivers more bang for your buck than any other mobile device on the market, even its flagship Galaxy S range. So we can expect something pretty spectacular when the Galaxy Note 5 hits the shelves, possibly early in October.
Galaxy Note 5 vs. Galaxy Note 4
Processor and chipset
In Western markets, the most likely internal components for the Galaxy Note 5 will be the Snapdragon 810 chipset, paired with 4GB RAM. It is possible that Samsung may consider an Exynos 7420 chipset, and it may also continue its policy of releasing different models of the device in different geographical regions.
Given that Samsung has reportedly considered dropping Qualcomm and its Snapdragon series due to overheating issues, this may be a source of frustration for Western consumers, but logistical issues will probably dictate that there will be no Exynos chipset in the Galaxy Note 5 when it debuts in Western marketplaces.
With the Apple iPhone 7 already rumored to embrace a 256 GB model, it could be that Samsung will feel under pressure to respond to Apple’s iconic smartphone. This could mean that the largest version of the Galaxy Note 5 provides 256 GB of storage.
Some reports have suggested that Samsung will include a 4,000 mAh battery cell in the Note 5, while there have even been rumors that the Storedot technology which was demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could debut in the Galaxy Note 5.
The latter of these rumors seems pretty unlikely, as Samsung is likely to tread carefully with regard to introducing this technology. But having prided itself on outstanding battery life in recent devices, a combination of increased battery cell volume and improved power saving technology will likely make the galaxy Note 5 an extremely nifty device in this department.
Some sources, including GSMArena, are suggesting that Samsung will debut its first ever 4K Super AMOLED display with the Galaxy Note 5. This is certainly possible, and it is an absolute certainty that a 4K mobile will emerge sooner rather than later. A good guide to this will be the quality of screen included in the Galaxy S6, as if we see Samsung produce a Quad HD resolution in its display then there will be an onus on them to improve this with the Galaxy Note 5. Regardless of this, a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display of some variety seems a certainty.
Recently images suggest that the Galaxy S6 will have an entirely metallic design, and similarly the Galaxy Note 5 might benefit from an aluminum chassis. Certainly this would corroborate with the recent Samsung policy of shifting away from its much criticized plastic-based designs.
Samsung has placed a particular emphasis on the quality of cameras in its mobile devices in recent years. When the Galaxy S5 was unveiled in 2014 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung chose to spend the majority of its presentation speaking about the photograph taking capabilities of the device.
While the Galaxy Note series hasn’t been quite as lauded for the capabilities of its camera, it nonetheless has one of the very best snappers in the industry. Samsung is expected to significantly upgrade this in the Galaxy Note 5, and rumors are doing the rounds already that the Koran manufacturer could be about to produce something pretty spectacular.
As ValueWalk has reported previously, the Galaxy Note 5 may feature a 27-megapixel rotator camera, which will have particularly ultra-low light sensitivity. It is also suggested that this camera will be the most powerful video capturing tool to ever be included in a smartphone, featuring the capability of capturing 8K resolution videos.
Whether this will come to fruition remains to be seen, but it is certainly an exciting proposition for those intending to purchase this Samsung mobile.
One of the notable aspects of the Galaxy Note series is its S-Pen stylus, which is much loved by consumers and similarly acclaimed by critics. Reports are already suggesting that Samsung is beavering away to improve the functionality related to this stylus, and it may become an even more integral part of the device than it is already.