There’s no escaping Samsung news today as they made the splash and finally released to the public the much-hyped and much-leaked Samsung Galaxy Note 5. The Korean gadget giant is changing gears, focusing now on its phablet devices coming from the smartphone flagships early in the year. And in the Galaxy Note 5, we have a doozy – it’s stacked, hardware-wise. Allow us to show you what has improved 1 year after the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which was no slouch to begin with.


Tangibly, we can say that you will immediately notice the difference between the two – and that is intentional. The Galaxy Note 5 is smaller and lighter than its predecessor, though you may have to hold it in your hands to feel that difference – the difference in size visually is pretty small. There’s a big change in the tactile feel of the new Note. No more faux leather for you, enter the sleek and tough (hopefully) Gorilla Glass 4.

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Down to the nitty-gritty of the specs – both phones have that sharp 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display, but almost all internal specs have gotten a boost. There’s an upgraded octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, in big.LITTLE configuration – a 2.1GHz quad-core and a 1.5GHz quad-core. The Galaxy Note 5 is the second device we see with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the first one being the OnePlus 2. We guess LPDDR4 should be pretty commonplace by 2016. Check out the official image below for all the details.

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It bears mentioning that Samsung has dropped the microSD slot, as expected. There are 32GB and 64GB variants of the Galaxy Note 5 where before, you could only go as high as 32GB. Both phablets have the 16MP main shooter, though the Note 5’s f/1.9 lens is a slight improvement over the Note 4’s f/2.0. The Note 5 also makes it better for selfies, the Note 4’s 3.7MP front camera has been upgraded to a 5MP sensor instead.

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All in all, it’s a very comprehensive update, considering the software is a step up as well. There are numerous improvements to the S-Pen’s operations and the new phablet just starts up and operates that much faster. There should be more information soon when the full reviews start streaming out. But it looks pretty good at this point. Will you make that jump?

VIA: SlashGear