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Galaxy Note 5 Specs
Samsung is always keeping up with β€” or leading β€” the competition in terms of specs in its high-end devices, and the Note 5 is no different. Under the glass you’ll find the same Exynos 7420 octa-core processor that runs the Galaxy S6, but paired up with a larger 4GB of RAM and your choice of 32 or 64GB of internal storage. The display on front is a 5.7-inch QHD (that’s 2560×1440) Super AMOLED, and around the back you’ll find a 16MP camera with OIS. Add in faster category 9 LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, every Wifi spec you could ask for and plenty of sensors, and you’ve got a pretty complete package here.

Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, TouchWiz
Display 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440, 518 ppi) Super AMOLED
Processor Exynos 7420 octa-core (2.1GHz quad + 1.5GHz quad)
64bit, 14nm
Storage 32 or 64GB, UFS 2.0
Rear Camera 16MP, f/1.9, OIS, phase detection auto focus
4K video, slow motion video
Front Camera 5MP, f/1.9
Network LTE cat.9
(network bands vary by market)
Connectivity 802.11ac Wifi, 2.4/5GHz, MIMO (2×2), 620Mbps
Bluetooth v4.2 LE, ANT+
NFC, Location (GPS, Glonass, Beidou)
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, RGB Light, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, Fingerprint, Barometer, Hall, HRM
Charging Micro USB 2.0, Adaptive Fast Charging
Qi wireless, Powermat wireless, fast wireless charging
Battery 3000 mAh
Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm
Weight 171g
Colors black sapphire, white pearl, gold platinum
(colors will vary by market)
Display and Speaker
Samsung is still arguably the leader in the mobile display world, as evidenced by the fantastic panels it puts in its own phones and tablets but also the great screens it sells to other manufacturers as well. The Note 4 launched with a really great 5.7-inch QHD display, but the Note 5’s is just that much better despite being the same size, resolution and technology. Setting them side-by-side (and realizing there are differences even among the same phone) the Note 5 is just a little bit crisper and brighter, with better viewing angles. The changes aren’t enough to make your eyes pop out in amazement of how big the improvements are, but remember we’re coming from a display that was already great β€” the small tweaks all add up to a top-of-the-line display. Colors look fantastic, there’s enough density to make sure you’ll never see individual pixels, and the brightness available makes sure you cal always see what’s on the screen β€” even when in direct sunlight thanks to Samsung’s automatic sunlight mode. There actually isn’t a single thing I can even come close to complaining about on the Galaxy Note 5’s display. It’s so great that you don’t even perceive specific high and low points of the panel β€” you just use the phone and enjoy it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 speaker
The speaker, though, is slightly less amazing. Although the increased size of the phone presumably gives more room to work with, the Note 5’s speaker is simply the same as we saw six months earlier in the Galaxy S6. There’s a single speaker grille on the bottom of the phone between the USB port and S Pen slot, and while it’s functional, it’s hardly enjoyable. I’ll use it to listen to the occasional bit of podcast while I’m walking around the house or for a short YouTube video, but it’s hardly going to blow you away if you want to watch any longer-form media or get multiple people in on the listening experience. Considering the size of the bezels on the front of the phone there really isn’t any room for front-facing speakers, and the flat back isn’t really compatible with a back-mounted speaker either. Samsung’s hands were kind of tied, and the speaker seems to do the most with its size, but that doesn’t mean the end result is all that impressive. (And depending on how you hold your phone you might well end up covering the grille with a finger anyway.) Thankfully there are plenty of great wired and Bluetooth speakers and headphones available that’ll work just fine. To that point Samsung has included new audio technology to help you get the best possible quality out of wired speakers and headphones, with support for 24 bit/192kHz audio including upscaling when you play MP3-quality files. Samsung also has proprietary high-quality Bluetooth audio, which when paired with its Level audio products can offer 24 bit/96kHz audio.