Fans of Samsung and phablets alike will be eagerly awaiting the release of the forthcoming Galaxy Note 5. And a recent report released by SamMobile has provided further intriguing details about this flagship device. The publication has spilled some new information about this handset which provides us with a better idea of the specifications of the device, and what we can expect from the Galaxy Note 5 once it is released.
As ValueWalk has reported previously, rumors that the Galaxy Note 5 was set for a July release have turned out to be wide of the mark. In many ways, this proposal would seem to make sense for Samsung in commercial terms, providing its flagship phablet with a clearer window of opportunity before the latest Apple iPhone range is released. However, the hierarchy of Samsung has already moved to deny this murmuring, and thus we can reasonably expect Samsung to unveil the Note 5 at IFA 2015 in Berlin, as indeed it has in previous years.
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Galaxy Note 5 display details
SamMobile firstly suggests that the Galaxy Note 5 will feature either a 2K or a 4K Super AMOLED flat display. There had been suggestions in some quarters that Samsung would switch to an OLED display in this iteration of the phablet series, but this now appears to be wide of the mark. This suggestion was probably never particularly likely to come to fruition anyway, as the Super AMOLED technology in the Galaxy Note series has been hugely praised previously.
Whether Samsung opts for a 4K resolution device, or pushes the boat out and arms the Galaxy Note 5 with a 4K resolution display, will probably be largely dependent on logistics. It would be natural for Samsung to include a 4K resolution display, as the company has become particularly associated with high-quality screen technology in its recent smartphone releases. It has also strongly pushed the 4K resolution technology in its high-end range of television sets.
So there is little doubt that Samsung would love to provide a 4K resolution screen with the Galaxy Note 5, but this could turn out to be technologically implausible at this point in time. There may also be cost implications which Samsung are unwilling or unable to cope with. Samsung is likely to want to freeze the price of the Galaxy Note series when the Galaxy Note 5 is released, and this could prove impossible should 4K resolution be included.
Galaxy S6 – Project Zero 2
It is also suggested by SamMobile that Samsung is also working on a top secret project which has been codenamed “Project Zero 2?. According to the publication, this particular project is aimed at producing a larger version of the Galaxy S6 Edge, although this will be somewhat smaller than the phablet-sized device which the galaxy Note 5 is regarded as.
With Samsung placing a greater emphasis on curved screens in future generations of its mobile devices, this would seem to be a report with significant credibility. Increasingly, major mobile manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung will be looking to diversify their handset ranges, introducing new devices in an attempt to meet as many demographics as possible. Plus, Samsung will be looking at the Project Zero 2 handset as an entirely new revenue stream.
It has been reported elsewhere that this particular device will not feature S Pen functionality when it is released, which will mark it out as distinct from Samsung’s Galaxy Note range of tablets. Branding is essential in the mobile sphere, and Samsung is clearly intending to distinguish this device from the Galaxy Note series.
S View Case
It has also been reported that Samsung will release the Clear View case as well as the S View case for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Project Zero 2. We don’t know at this stage whether the Project Zero 2 will actually be the final title of this new Samsung device, but it seems likely that it will be given a new name of some sort.
Another interesting aspect of the Galaxy Note 5 is that an accessory called Keyboard Cover exists for both this handset and the Project Zero 2 as well. This suggests that we might see an accessory such as a detachable keyboard case appear on general release with both devices.
Other expected / rumored specs
There have been a raft of other rumors related to the Galaxy Note 5, as Samsung steps up the production process of this mobile device. Firstly, Samsung is expected to place a much greater emphasis on curved screens when this device releases. Reports from Korea have indicated that the Galaxy S7 Edge will be much more of a mainstream device than its predecessor, and the production development related to this will reportedly begin with the Galaxy Note 5 Edge.
Wireless charging is also expected to be included after it made his debut in the Galaxy S6, despite the technological challenges that this will pose. In accordance with this, Samsung is also expected to improve the battery in the Galaxy Note 5, with some sources suggesting that this may encompass a 4,1000 mAh cell; a significant increase from the 3220 mAh unit included in the Galaxy Note 4.
It is also expected that Samsung will release an upgraded to its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the same time as the Galaxy Note 5, possibly marketing the two as companion devices. This hasn’t been confirmed by the Korean corporation as of yet, but will be a rumor to look out for once the device is unveiled in Berlin.
Finally, as virtual reality now appears to be on the verge of becoming a mainstream technology, it is suggested that there will be strong VR compatibility included in the Galaxy Note 5. Naturally this is particularly expected to centre around Samsung’s own Gear VR project, but Oculus Rift functionality has also been mooted.