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Samsung Galaxy Note5 is arguably the most radical release in the product family to date. The newcomer marks a noteworthy departure (no pun intended) from all of its predecessors in terms of both design and available hardware features.
The Galaxy Note5 packs the most powerful chipset in the business, the fastest memory, and one of the best cameras around.
Top notch specs are always to be expected from a Samsung Galaxy Note and the latest iteration surely delivers on this front. The S Pen is here too - clickable and more productive than ever.
The Samsung Galaxy Note5 is undoubtedly a big device. It measures 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm and weighs 171 grams making it shorter, narrower, thinner and lighter than its predecessor.
Build quality of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 is exceptional. The handset is crafted entirely from metal and Corning Gorilla Glass 4, so it will stand up even to the demands of the heaviest power user.
Samsung Galaxy Note5 comes with a 5.7" Super AMOLED display with QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution, which results in a pixel density of 518ppi.
The Galaxy Note family has always boasted some of the best displays in the business and the tradition continues with the latest iteration.
If the screen looks too bland to your taste at Basic mode, we suggest you go for the AMOLED Photo mode, which is still acceptably color accurate (average DeltaE 2000 of 4.8) but it boosts the contrast along with the saturation of some individual colors such as the greens or the magentas.
The AMOLED Video mode pushes colors even further and so does the Adaptive display mode, so it would be up to your personal preference which one you would use.
Samsung has opted to use the superb 16MP Sony IMX240 sensor in the Galaxy Note5, coupled with f/1.9 lens. That's the same excellent setup that's found in Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
Samsung Galaxy Note5 can also capture images in RAW format. The latter allow those with a knack for post-processing to really get creative with their images.
The Galaxy Note5 is equipped with a 5MP front-facing camera, which has a similar F/1.9 aperture and offers Live HDR and color filters as well. It has a 120° WideSelfie mode, so it can easily capture group selfies. You can snap selfies with a tap on the heart-rate sensor on the back of the phone.
Anyway, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 tops out at 2160p resolution, but it can also do QHD video, 1080p at both 30fps and 60fps and 720p video at up to 120fps (that's handled by the Slow Motion mode).
The 120fps video needs slowing down via a video editor such as the one on board the Note5 or one on your computer. The frames are all there, it's just that it's not slow-mo.
The front camera shoots only at 30fps, but it can shoot QHD video to match the phone's screen.
Samsung equipped the Galaxy Note5 with a non-removable 3,000mAh Li-Po battery that's smaller than the swappable 3,220mAh Li-Ion battery found in last year's Galaxy Note 4.
As it turns out, despite its smaller battery, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 pulled off almost the same result as its predecessor in our battery test.
The newcomer achieved an endurance rating of 85 hours, which means it will easily make it through three full days if you use it for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily.
Samsung’s quick charger can top up the battery in less than 90 minutes from empty, so it is incredibly convenient to use.
Wireless charging, on the other hand is so fast and so liberating, that there'll be no turning back. You're fully charged in just 120 minutes.