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Where and when can you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra?

Samsung has made its Galaxy Note 20 series official after months and months of leaks and rumors. The phones are shaping up to be pretty impressive on paper, with the Korean brand bringing plenty of power, relatively large batteries, and that S Pen goodness.

Of course, this doesn’t mean much if you can’t get the new Note. So here’s what you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price, release date, and availability. You can scroll down for all the details or hit the button below to pre-order the phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 A “cheaper” Note
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different. The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung’s most refined device yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra release date

The Korean manufacturer announced the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra at its Unpacked virtual event on August 5, with US pre-orders kicking off on the next day (August 6). Consumers in the US can pick up a Galaxy Note 20 series device from August 21 via carriers and retailers.

The US traditionally forms part of a first wave of launch markets for Samsung flagships, so we’re expecting the same situation here. Unfortunately, those countries not part of the first wave will likely need to wait a few more weeks for local availability.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra price and availability

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rear panel

Credit: Eric Zeman/ Android Authority

Looking to get the S Pen-toting phones in the US? Then you’ll be spending a minimum of $ 999.99 for the Galaxy Note 20, which is only available in one RAM/storage variant. Meanwhile, those after the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will need to spend $ 1,299.99 for the option with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 12GB/512GB option if you really need more internal storage, topping out at $ 1,449.99.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: $ 999 (8GB/128GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: $ 1,299 (12GB/128GB), $ 1,449.99 (12GB/512GB)

The new phones are available in a variety of colorways, and you can check out the options below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Mystic Gray, Mystic Green, Mystic Bronze
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Mystic Black, Mystic White, Mystic Bronze

Samsung’s own website is one of the better places to get the Note 20 series right now, as the firm is giving away $ 150 or $ 200 in store credit if you pre-order the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra. This credit can be redeemed via the website or the Shop Samsung app, and you can spend it on accessories for your new phone or put it towards the new Game Pass bundle (featuring a gamepad and three months of Game Pass).

The manufacturer says it’s also dishing out an extra 7.5% discount to consumers who purchase the phones via their Samsung Money by SoFi account. Pre-orders also get four months of YouTube Premium and six months of Spotify Premium.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 A “cheaper” Note
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different. The standard Galaxy Note 20 has some trade-offs to hit a lower price point, but it should still satisfy many Note users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Bigger, better, and pricier
Samsung’s Galaxy Note line has always been for the power users, and this year’s models are no different — especially the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new ultra-premium phone is Samsung’s most refined device yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra India price and availability

In India and intrigued by the new flagships? Then there’s good news, as consumers can pre-order the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra starting today. You can also expect the latter device to be 5G-enabled. View the pricing details below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (4G only): Rs 77,999 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Rs 104,999 (12GB/256GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra EU and UK price and availability

European and UK customers are also be getting in on the Note action. There’s also a cheaper, 4G-only Note 20 version, and the entry model for each phone ups the storage from 128GB to 256GB. Check out the pricing below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (4G only): £849/€959 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: £949/€1,059 (8GB/256GB)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: £1,179/€1,309 (12GB/256GB), £1,279/€1,409 (12GB/512GB)

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra best deals and offers

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 display

Credit: Eric Zeman/ Android Authority

AT&T has revealed its Galaxy Note 20 series offerings and you can find its installment prices below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 33.34 a month for 30 months (128GB, $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 43.34 per month for 30 months (128GB, $ 1,299.99 retail), $ 48.34 a month for 30 months (512GB, $ 1,449.99 retail).

AT&T is holding a limited time offer for new and existing customers, letting you trade in an eligible phone to get the Note 20 for free. Well, technically you’re getting $ 1,000 credit, and you need to buy it on a 30-month installment plan with the network’s unlimited plan.

Verizon has also confirmed its Galaxy Note 20 sales, with the core offerings as follows.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 41.66 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 54.16 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment (0% APR; $ 1,299.99 retail).

The network is also offering a number of promos, such as buying any Note 20 device on a premium Unlimited plan and getting a second Note 20 series or S20 series phone as low as free. Buy a Note 20 series phone on any other unlimited plan, and the second aforementioned phone is available half off.

Verizon is also slashing 25% off all Note 20 cases, screen protectors, and charging goodies during the pre-order period.

T-Mobile is selling the Galaxy Note 20 series as well with these prices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 41.67 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (128GB, $ 999.99 retail).
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 54.17 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (128GB, $ 1,299.99 retail), or for $ 149.99 down and $ 54.17 a month for 24 months on T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (512GB, $ 1,499.99 retail),

T-Mobile is also offering some promos, including getting a second Galaxy Note 20 for free with the purchase of the first Note 20, or up to $ 1,000 off a second qualifying Galaxy smartphone of equal or lesser value when you add a line. You may also be able to get up to $ 500 off a Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra, when you trade in a qualifying device.

U.S. Cellular is selling the new phones with the following offers and discounts:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20: From $ 9.99 a month for 30 months for new customers who sign up for Port in and Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: From $ 19.99 a month for 30 months for new customers who sign up for Port in and Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans.

In addition, current upgrade-eligible U.S. Cellular customers on the Basic, Everyday or Even Better Unlimited plans can get $ 300 in bill credits when purchasing either the Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra.

This is all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price and availability. We’ll be updating this article with more deals and other details as we hear about them. In the meantime, you can check out more Samsung Unpacked news below.

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Xiaomi launches Redmi Note 9 series globally (Update: Note 9 teased for India)

Redmi Note 9 India Launch Teaser

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Update, July 9, 2020 (10:45 AM ET): Today, Xiaomi issued the above teaser image (h/t Fone Arena) that pretty much confirms the Redmi Note 9 is coming to India. The country already saw the Pro and Pro Max variants of this device, but now there will be a cheaper option.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi doesn’t give any specific details on when the Redmi Note 9 will land in the country, just saying it’s “coming soon.” However, the teaser image above does appear to confirm it will land on Amazon when it does. We’ll update this article once we are certain of the launch date!

Original article: April 20, 2020 (03:41 AM ET): Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Note 9 Pro Max in India last month, offering capable budget phones for the price. Now, the firm has launched the Note 9 series in Europe.

Unfortunately, the Note 9 Pro Max hasn’t made its way outside India, but European consumers do get the Note 9 Pro and the vanilla Note 9.

Redmi Note 9 series: The info you need

The Redmi Note 9 Pro offers a Snapdragon 720G chipset, 4GB to 6GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, and a 5,020mAh battery with 30W charging. You’re also getting a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD screen, a quad camera setup (48MP+8MP ultra-wide+5MP macro+2MP depth), a 16MP camera in a punch-hole cutout, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Read: The best budget phones you can currently buy

The vanilla Note 9 is an all-new device though, featuring a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, 3GB to 4GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and a 5,020mAh battery with 18W charging. Other notable details include a 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD screen, a quad rear camera setup (48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP), a 13MP camera in a punch-hole cutout, and a rear fingerprint scanner.

These devices also share a number of features, including NFC (depending on the market), an IR blaster, 3.5mm port, and dual-SIM connectivity.

The Redmi Note 9 Pro has a recommended price of $ 269 for the 6GB/64GB model and $ 299 for the 6GB/128GB variant. The regular Note 9 has a recommended price of $ 199 for the 3GB/64GB option and $ 249 for the 4GB/128GB model.

In the UK, we have some more specific pricing. The Note 9 starts at £179 (~$ 225) for the 3GB/64GB model and £199 (~$ 250) for the 4GB/128GB option. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro will set you back £249 (~$ 313) for the 6GB/64GB option and £269 (~$ 338) for the 6GB/128GB variant. As stated earlier, the Note 9 Pro Max is still only in India.

We’re glad to see the Redmi Note 9 series see a wider launch, coming over a month after they first launched. You can check out more Xiaomi-related articles via the list below:

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Samsung updates Galaxy Note 10 series with May security patches

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura White back at angle

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Update, May 1, 2020 (2AM ET): The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones are now receiving the May 2020 security patches in select regions. According to XDA-Developers, the new update is rolling out with software version N97xFXXS4CTD1. It’s reportedly available in a bunch of European countries, including France, Poland, Switzerland, and Germany.

With this update, the Note 10 phones also get a new bootloader (v4), which means that you won’t be able to manually downgrade to previous builds after downloading this OTA.

The update will first hit Exynos variants of the Galaxy Note 10 and is expected to roll out in batches to all other models and regions subsequently.

Original article: Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus update hub. Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about the latest Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus updates. That includes their current versions and when future updates are likely to arrive. Keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus generally receive their updates at the same time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus The S Pen is mightier than the sword
The S Pen makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus better than the vast majority of its competition. It offers more pro features than you can poke a stick at and packs all the top-tier specs you’d expect from a Note.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus update

  • Current stable version: Android 10
  • When will the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus get Android 11? December 2020 (estimated)

The Galaxy Note 10 line launched in August 2019 with the then-latest version of Android, Android 9 Pie. Like most Android flagships, these are expected to receive at least two major updates in their lifetimes.

The first confirmed major update is Android 10, which publicly launched toward the beginning of September. Soon after, Samsung began a beta program for its flagships, including the Note 10 line. This beta program lasted for a few months before Samsung started rolling out Android 10 in a stable form.

At this point, nearly every device in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 family, including the Star Wars model and the Sprint version, should have the Android 10 update. Any stragglers should get it by the end of January 2020. That update will include One UI 2.0, based on Android 10.

Samsung also beat Google to the punch with the January 2020 security patch, rolling it out to the Note 10 before Google rolled it out to the Pixel 4. Samsung’s update game has been on point lately, and the Note 10 is its sixth device to get the latest security patch.

According to a few Reddit posts, Canadian Galaxy Note 10 devices began receiving the latest Android 10-powered One UI 2.0 update January 6. Devices on carriers Telus, Bell, Rogers, and Sasktel received the update first, and other carrier devices followed suit shortly.

Two days later, a tipster over at Android Police let the world know Samsung began pushing out the latest stable Android 10 update to unlocked Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G devices in the UK. That same day, we also saw the update roll out to Indonesian variants of the Note 10 series thanks to a post on Reddit.

The March 2020 security update officially rolled out to Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus devices in the first week of March. It landed on devices in the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, and Hungary. The update didn’t introduce anything particularly exciting, but improved security is always welcome.

On April 21, Samsung made Galaxy S20 camera features available on Canadian Note 10 devices. The features included: Single Take Mode, Night Hyperlapse, custom filters, Pro Video Mode, and more. The update also introduced new Quick Share and Music share functionality to the phones. Quick Share lets Galaxy Note 10 users easily share photos, videos, and other large files with contacts nearby, while Music share lets others play their music on Bluetooth devices connected to your Galaxy Note 10. You can read more details about the new camera features here.

You can manually check for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 update on your own device by heading to Settings > Software update > Download and install.

Android 10 also landed on Galaxy Note 10 devices in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Qatar (h/t: Android Police) in January 2020. A little more than a month later, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus got their first post-Android 10 updates. These updates brought improvements to facial recognition and navigation gestures.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10/Note 10 Plus update availability Android 10 Android 11
AT&T Active TBA
Sprint Active TBA
T-Mobile Active TBA
Verizon Active TBA
Star Wars Edition Active TBA
U.S. Unlocked Active TBA
International Unlocked Active TBA

Let us know which Galaxy Note 10 update you’re rocking in the comments. Also, feel free to tip us if you’ve spotted a recent update we’ve missed!

Looking for another device update? Check out our Android 9 Pie and Android 10 update trackers.

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The Galaxy Note 9 is at its cheapest price on Amazon right now

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Amazon Deal

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is still a great phone to buy even if it’s a little older at this point. It features Qualcomm’s 2018 flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset, making it a pretty powerful phone even in 2020.

You also get Samsung’s gorgeous 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, a dual 12MP camera with variable aperture, a large 4,000mAh battery, and of course the S-Pen. Amazon is offering up the smartphone at its cheapest price to date.

You can grab a factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 128GB storage for just $ 599.99. This represents a cool 40% discount on the retail price of the phone. You can make even bigger savings on the 512GB model, which is also 40% off at $ 749.99 ($ 500 off). The deal applies to all three colors of the device.

This deal is today only, so there are literally hours to run on the clock. Click the widget below to get the Galaxy Note 9 for $ 599.99.

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Samsung explains how the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner works

The just released Galaxy Note 7 has become the first handset from Samsung to feature iris scanning technology, which could possibly pave the way for the company to do away with other security methods, such as PIN, pattern, simple swipe, and even fingerprint, even if that is quite unlikely.

With iris scanning arriving in the Galaxy Note 7, you don’t need to touch the device to verify your identity and can access the phone by just looking at the screen. Our tests with the iris scanner in the were pretty positive, particularly given the number of times we have seen the same security feature in other devices failing to respond, or proving unreliable.


For the uninitiated, iris scanning uses mathematical pattern recognition of images of the iris – the thin, colored ring of your eye that opens and shuts the pupil to regulate the amount of light reaching the retina. Just like your fingerprints, your iris pattern is also uniquely different and cannot be changed or replicated, making devices with iris scanning technology highly secure.

Now, in a post on its website, Samsung explains the hardware and technology behind its iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 7. According to the company, the device stores your registered iris information as an encrypted code safely in its hardware using its KNOX security platform. Whenever you want to access content, such as a protected app, the device first captures your iris pattern for recognition, extracts and digitizes it, and then proceeds to match it with the encrypted code to provide access. You can be sure that no one else apart from you can access your device in case it is stolen or lost because the Note 7 registers the iris information of only one person.


Samsung has made all this possible by including a dedicated iris camera for recognizing the composition of the user’s eyeballs. The dedicated iris camera uses a special image filter to receive and recognize the reflected images of the irises through an infrared light on the other end of that panel. The light emitted from the Galaxy Note 7’s display allows the scanner to receive data even in low light environments.

Along with iris scanning technology, the Galaxy Note 7 offers a separate Secure Folder for storing private apps and files that can be accessed using your fingerprint, iris scanner, pattern, or PIN. You can use the Secure Folder to keep your private and personal information, like your banking details, completely separate on the device, as well as block access to specific games or content for children. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because it is similar to Samsung’s KNOX security platform found on its other devices that allows you to manage two different profiles for work and normal usage.

The Note 7 also brings Samsung Pass, a security feature which you can use to log into websites on the Samsung Internet Browser using biometric authentication without having to input your username and password. Samsung now plans to partner with major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Citibank and U.S. Bank to allow the integration of its iris scanner into mobile banking apps.
Even as Samsung looks to expand the use of its iris scanning technology, you can be sure that the company is likely to introduce the biometric security feature in other future devices, including its mid-range smartphones.

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Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see the Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner in other Samsung smartphones!

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Galaxy Note 7 vs the competition

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is often held up as the pinnacle of phablet devices and now the Galaxy Note 7 has arrived with yet another selection of high-end specifications and new features. While not as heavily contested as the sub-5.5-inch flagship segment, there’s still plenty of consumer demand for large powerful smartphones. So let’s see how the Galaxy Note 7’s specifications stack up against some of the best in the field.

To enter into this contest, handsets much breach the 5.5-inch display mark. I’ve picked out the Nexus 6P, LG V10, Huawei Mate 8, and the Moto X Pure Edition (Style) as four of the best contenders. Those looking for slightly smaller handsets, might also find that the Xperia X5 Premium or the OnePlus 3 worth a look at.

  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style
Display 5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch AMOLED
2560×1440, 518ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
6.0-inch LCD
1920×1080, 368ppi
5.7-inch LCD
2560×1440, 518ppi
SoC Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 808 Kirin 950 Snapdragon 808
CPU 2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.6GHz
4x Cortex-A57 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.55GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz
2x Cortex-A57 @ 1.82GHz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.44GHz
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 430 Adreno 418 Mali-T880 MP4 Adreno 418
Memory 64GB UFS 2.0 32 / 64 / 128GB 32 / 64GB 32 / 64GB 16 / 32 / 64GB
MicroSD Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Starting as we always do, you’ll instantly notice a lot of similarities in the display section of our table. Most manufacturers seem to have settled on 5.7-inch panels as the sweet spot for larger smartphones, and a 2560×1440 (QHD) resolution offers up a little extra clarity with these big displays. Display clarity will be equal across these models, but some more subtle color and viewing angle differences may be noticeable across the range. The only exception here Huawei’s Mate 8, which opts for a larger 6.0-inch display with a reduced 1080p resolution, which will result in slightly less crisp images. That said, the Mate 8 does cost a bit less.

We’ve started seeing a lot more smartphone manufacturers make use of more vibrant AMOLED panels this year, but the only competitor to match Samsung’s Note 7 display type at this size is the Nexus 6P. Of course, Samsung’s latest Super AMOLED technology offers up some minor color improvements over the 6P’s display. The other three phones on our list opt for LCD technology, which doesn’t quite offer the same pop or deep blacks as AMOLED displays. Samsung has also chosen to only offer its curved dual-edge AMOLED design with this year’s Note 7, which offers a sleek look and some extra software features that you can’t find in any of these rivals.

There’s a lot more diversity on our list when it comes to processing power, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is the first major flagship phablet to make use of Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 820 processor. This processor is the chip of choice for many of 2016’s slightly smaller flagship phones, so you’ll find equal processing power inside the likes of the HTC 10, LG G5, and the Sony Xperia X Performance.


Benchmarks, for what they’re worth, show that Snapdragon 820 is the fastest chip around. However, most of the extra performance come into play thanks to its improved Adreno 530 graphics chip. CPU performance, and therefore day to day tasks, should perform pretty much identically across all of these handsets, although the Snapdragon 808’s lower high performance core count may hurt it in some instances.

Looking at the GPUs, there’s quite a performance gap between the Snapdragon 808’s mid-tier Adreno 418 and the Kirin 950’s Mali-T880 MP4. Gamers will definitely see extra performance from the newer 820 chip, and it even hands in notably more grunt than the Snapdragon 810. Given the very high resolution of these display panels, this GPU will certainly aid the Note 7’s performance and offers a major boost over last year’s Galaxy Note 5 (Exynos 7420).

Rounding off our look at the main processing components is memory. 3 or 4GB of RAM is plenty enough for multitasking, and the Galaxy Note 7 sits at the top of the group, along with the V10 and the more expensive Mate 8 model. The Note 7 only offers one internal storage option of 64GB, but that’s still a typical value across all of these phones and lends itself to plenty of space for pictures, movies and music. Samsung’s choice of fast UFS 2.0 memory might see apps and large files open up a little more quickly than its competitors that use eMMC. If 64GB isn’t enough, all of these phones apart from the Nexus 6P can be supplemented with a microSD card.

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  Galaxy Note 7 Nexus 6P LG V10 Huawei Mate 8 Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)
Cameras 12MP f/1.7 rear with OIS & PDAF
5MP f/1,7 front
12.3MP f/2.0 rear with laser AF
8MP f/2.4 front
16MP f/1.8 rear with OIS & laser AF
Dual 5MP f/2.2 front
16MP f/2.0 rear with OIS & PDAF
8MP f/2.4 front
21MP f/2.0 rear with PDAF
5MP f/2.0 front
Battery 3,500mAh 3,450mAh 3,000mAh (removable) 4,000mAh 3,000mAh
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprint Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fast Charge Yes Yes Quick Charge 2.0 Yes Yes
Extras Wireless Charging, Samsung Pay, USB Type-C, IP68 water resistance USB Type-C Secondary display, 32-bit audio, shock resistant IP52 splash resistance
Dimensions 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
153.9 x 76.2 x 11.1 mm

It’s impossible to judge final camera quality without doing a head to head shootout, but based on the specifications we have a pretty good idea about how the Galaxy Note 7 should perform. The 12 megapixel dual pixel f/1.7 sensor matches the Galaxy S7’s specifications, which was an excellent performer when we last put it to the test.

Opting for larger pixel sizes at the expense of some resolution has also worked out well the the Nexus 6P. Although we were still pleased with the results produced by the more traditional higher resolution LG V10 and Moto X Style cameras too. Video shooters will want to pick from the Note 7, V10 or the Mate 8 as they come equipped with optical image stabilization. The only camera that we were so-so about at review time was the Huawei Mate 8’s. Front facing cameras are more varied still, and Samsung hasn’t opted to catch up with the 8 megapixels offered by the Nexus 6P or the Huawei Mate 8.

Moving into the handsets’ extras, Samsung again shows the industry how to squeeze as many features as possible into a smartphone. Fingerprint scanners, NFC, and some form of fast charging technology have become the standard, and only the Moto X Style drops the fingerprint scanner from the list. Android Pay will work on all of these handsets, thanks to NFC support. However, Samsung Pay is still a cut above thanks to its universally compatible MST technology.

The competition:

Samsung also remains the only manufacturer to support two wireless charging standards by default and has also joined other manufacturers by offering a USB Type-C interface with the Note 7. Although above the 5.5-inch size, only the Note 7 and Nexus 6P are on the cutting edge of USB port technology right now. Speaking of power, the Note 7, Mate 8, and the Nexus 6P offer up the largest batteries. There’s little excuse for falling below 3,300mAh in these supersize handsets, and customers  can expect slightly better battery life than the V10 or Moto X Style.

There aren’t many gimmicks to be found in these top-of-the-line models, although some consumers may not find too much use for the secondary display properties of either the Galaxy Note 7’s dual-edge display or the secondary ticker display on the front of the LG V10. Then again, some consumers firmly swear by these features, and Samsung did a good job at refining its Edge software with the S7, which is now available with the Note 7. There’s also some improved stylus support and extra features for those who find this long running Note feature particularly useful. It’s also worth mentioning the Note 7 adds waterproofing to the mix, following in the footsteps of the Galaxy S7 series.

Finally, we come to the much more subjective element of design and build. The Mate 8 and Nexus 6P cater well to those who prefer metal build materials, while Samsung has chosen to stick with its slick glass design. The LG V10 is also an interesting option thanks to its shock absorbent casing. Impressively, Samsung has produced a large phone that weighs a bit less than its competitors. The Note 7 is around 10g lighter than its closest rivals and 22g lighter than the hefty LG V10.


Wrap Up

As we have all come to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy Note range, the latest edition continues to refine an already well polished experience. The Note 7’s extras continue to help it stand out just a smidgen above the rest of the pack, complete with top-of-the-line hardware that we’ve come to expect. That being said, there are some very competitive pieces of hardware on offer from late last year, which can now be grabbed at very compelling price points. Especially when we consider that Samsung’s hasn’t fundamentally changed anything major since last year’s Note 5.

Of course, the successor to the LG V10 is right around the corner, and it might give the Samsung a run for its money. Do you think that Samsung is still on top of the phablet market with its Galaxy Note 7?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10

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Last year, LG announced its brand new V series of smartphones in their latest attempt to capture the premium smartphone market. The first of the series was dubbed the LG V10, and the new flagship gave LG fans a great alternative to the LG G4, complete with a more durable design and it also introduced special features like a fingerprint scanner. The LG V10 has found a modest level of success, but it’s certainly not without competition in the big-screen/premium space.

The most obvious competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which saw a major upgrade in 2015, giving users a more premium design and build quality, though these changes weren’t without some sacrifice. Samsung removed several staple features as a result of the new design, while improving other core features, such as the S-Pen.

Both smartphones are some of the best currently available, but which is the best choice for you? We find out, in this comprehensive look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10!



With both smartphones featuring very contrasting designs and build qualities, the choice between the two will be made for a lot of consumers right off the bat based on this aspect. While the Samsung flagship features a dramatic departure from its predecessors, with a larger focus on looks and build quality, LG continues to prioritize functionality, even though the V10 isn’t particularly unattractive either.

As mentioned, the Galaxy Note 5 is very different from previous generations of the series, and like the Galaxy S6, now features a premium metal and glass unibody construction. This is a beautifully-designed smartphone with a premium build quality that matches its high-end nature, and is definitely one of the biggest selling points of this device. However, the new design did result in a couple of previously staple features, namely expandable storage and a removable battery, going by the wayside.


The glass backing has a curve to it along the sides that lets this large smartphone nestle nicely in the palm of your hand, and with its ultra-thin bezels and small top and bottom areas, the handling experience available with the Galaxy Note 5 is certainly more manageable than what is expected from a device featuring a 5.7-inch display. The glass does make the device quite slippery though, and it is also a fingerprint magnet.

On the other hand, the LG V10 sees a design and build quality based on functionality. The device features a metal frame and a backing made of what LG calls “DuraSkin,” and the material not only looks and feels nice, but allows for a lot of grip, which means you don’t have to worry about the phone slipping out of your hands. The back cover of the V10 is also removable, giving you access to the user replaceable battery and microSD card slot, making LG one of the few OEMs to still offer these features.


With its removable back cover and secondary screen above the main display, the LG V10 is taller, thicker, and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but LG has still managed to keep the device as compact as possible, courtesy of its ultra-thin bezels. The handling experience of the Galaxy Note 5 may be better in terms of size, but the LG flagship sees its advantages when it comes to grip. Further, the V10 is MIL-STD-810G certified for shock resistance, and is definitely the more durable of the two smartphones.

Design is one aspect that is entirely dependent on personal preference, but we have to admit that the Galaxy Note 5 is the sleeker and more elegant of the two. That said, the industrial design and build quality of the LG V10 does make for a far more durable smartphone, and ultimately it is your choice as to what aspect is more important to you.



Both smartphones feature 5.7-inch displays with a Quad HD resolution, resulting in similar pixel densities. That said, these displays have their differences because of the differing underlying technologies, with Samsung continuing to bank on Super AMOLED, while the V10 features a IPS LCD panel.


As is expected from Super AMOLED, the display of the Galaxy Note 5 features deep blacks, vibrant, vivid, and saturated colors, and plenty of brightness for comfortable viewing in broad daylight. However, you do have the option to tone down the saturation as well, depending on your personal taste. The display of the LG V10 isn’t bad either though, and really outperforms most other LCD panels out there. However, when pitting the two displays against each other, the more saturated look of the Galaxy Note 5 may be what most users prefer.

Both displays make for a very pleasant viewing experience, but it is worth noting that the Galaxy Note 5 takes better advantage of it’s screen size by decreasing the DPI to 560, to fit more onto the screen. You will notice that icons and words appear larger on the V10 thanks to it’s DPI set at 640, which is a little unfortunate, as things appear to unnecessarily take up much more room on the screen.


Of course, the big news on the display front is the secondary screen that the LG V10 packs, found on top of the primary display, and takes up about 70% of the width of the main screen, with the dual front-facing cameras occupying the rest of the space. This secondary display is a great way for showing notifications without taking away from the main display, and you can also set up app shortcuts for quick and easy access to them. This display also stays on throughout, which means you don’t have to keep turning on the main screen to check your notifications.

Once you get into the habit of using this secondary screen, it can certainly help improve your workflow. That said, while it is an interesting idea, its functionality may not be enough to justify the extra space that it takes up.



Under the hood, the LG V10 comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, clocked at 1.82 GHz, and backed by the Adreno 418 GPU and 4 gigabytes of RAM. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with an in-house octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, clocked at 2.1 GHz, and backed by the Mali-T760MP8 GPU, though it also has 4 GB of RAM.

Given the various multi-tasking capabilities both smartphones feature, the overall experience with both is as smooth and snappy as expected, even though the LG V10 does seem to do a better job with RAM management when compared to the Galaxy Note 5. However, the Galaxy Note 5 does provide better performance in terms of load times and frame rates as far as gaming is concerned, but the LG V10 isn’t that far behind.

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32 GB and 64 GB are the available storage options with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, but with the lack of expandable storage, users will have to depend on the higher storage iteration to cover their needs. On the other hand, 64 GB is the only option available with the LG V10, and while that should be more than enough for most, you do also get expandable storage via microSD card by up to 200 GB.


Both smartphones feature fingerprint scanners in the touch-type implementation, integrated into the home button up front in the case of the Galaxy Note 5, and in the power button on the back of the LG V10. The different placements have their advantages and disadvantages, and while the Galaxy Note 5 can be unlocked when the device is on a table, the scanner is awkward to reach when holding the phone, in which instance, the position of the reader on the LG V10 is ideal. Both are as fast and reliable as expected, and work equally well.


Both phones comes with single bottom-mounted speakers, and while neither offer fantastic sound quality, the speaker of the LG V10 does get louder, and offers better highs without sounding as tinny as the speaker of the Galaxy Note 5, making for a clearer and brighter sound. When plugging in headphones, the LG V10 is the clear winner, with its support for 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC audio from ESS technology.


Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 does pack some extras in terms of hardware, including the heart rate monitor on the back, and the S-Pen, nestled neatly away into the bottom the right corner. The re-designed S-Pen comes with even more software capabilities this time around, such as Screen-off memo, which is an incredibly useful feature, allowing for a quick and easy way to jot down something on the fly. Other features found when the screen is on include Smart Select, that lets cut out and share any portion of the screen, and Screen Write, which takes screenshots of the current page entirely, for editing, which means scrollable pages on websites are pieced together automatically, resulting in one long image or note.


Both smartphones come with 3,000 mAh batteries, but the Galaxy Note 5 does seem to provide slightly better battery life. It is relatively easy to get a full day of use out of both devices, with the Galaxy Note 5 allowing for up to 4.5 hours of screen-on time, with the LG V10 falling short at around 4 hours. Both smartphones feature fast charging capabilities, so you will be up and running quickly if you are worried about running out of battery. While the Galaxy Note 5 also comes with fast wireless charging, the LG V10 sees its advantage in the fact that the battery is removable, giving users the option to carry around a spare.



Both smartphones retain the cameras from their early 2015 flagship counterparts, with the Galaxy Note 5 coming with a 16 MP rear shooter with a f/1.9 aperture and OIS, while the LG V10 also features a 16 MP rear camera, with a f/1.8 aperture and OIS, along with the additional benefit of a laser-guided auto focus system, that does allow for the V10 camera to focus faster.

Both cameras perform exceptionally well when it comes to outdoor shots, with little difference between the two. The Galaxy Note 5 adds a bit more contrast and color to the images, which does come down to personal preference, but that extra boost from the post processing is quite appealing. However, this does mean that you will lose a lot of information in the darker areas of the photos. Colors are more towards the warmer side as well, while the V10 is a little cooler with less saturated colors, often capturing a more accurate representation of the scene. That doesn’t mean this camera is necessarily better or worse than the Galaxy Note 5, and it all depends on how you’re going to be using these photos.


If you want to quickly snap a beautiful photo without having to tinker with any settings, you’re going to love the vibrant colors, higher contrast, and sharper images on the Galaxy Note 5. However, if you want a more accurate and realistic photo with lots of room for editing, the V10 is going to be your best bet. Both do have manual controls as well, although the V10 has some more flexibility especially when it comes to focus. In low light conditions, the LG V10 is the clear winner, with V10 creating a crisper image with more detail, compared to the almost airbrushed look shots in low light have with the Galaxy Note 5.


In video mode, both cameras take some decent shots, even in 4K, and with OIS, your videos will be a lot smoother than usual, with the Note 5 having a bit more shake. The V10 decides it wants to focus more often than the Galaxy Note 5 though, but when it does, it does it a lot faster with its laser autofocus. However, the V10’s video recording capabilities is in a totally different league than the Note 5 with it’s full manual controls. It’s very similar to the controls in manual photo mode, except with a few new additions, including a stereo sound level to view audio and an audio controller where you can tell the V10 if the audio is coming from behind or in front of the phone, to help with some noise cancellation. We can also control how loud the sound is recorded and there is also a Wind Noise Filter.

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The front facing cameras on these devices are great in their own ways. The Galaxy Note 5 has a single wide angle lens that helps with getting everything in the shot, while the V10 has two selfie cams, a wide angled lens, and another that is able to get a closer shot. However, most users would be fine with just one wide angled front facing camera on the V10, while never really using the more standard lens.

LG V10 camera samples

Both cameras are a close match but with the V10 does offer better video quality, video features, a better front facing camera, and more realistic photos that photographers will love. However, the Galaxy Note 5 isn’t far behind at all, and overall, users will be happy with the camera experience regardless of which phone they pick.



Both the LG V10 and Galaxy Note 5 are running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with the latest versions of G UI and TouchWiz respectively. Visually, they appear to be very similar with simplified notification pull downs and quick shortcuts that you can customize. Their settings menus are are grouped into four sections depending on which carrier you have. Some people may not be too fond of how these skins look, and I do prefer the more neutral colors of LG’s skin over Samsung’s bright blue and green colors that can appear a little out of place sometimes.

Galaxy Note 5 screenshots

LG V10 screenshots

The main concern here is how each phone holds up when doing everyday tasks and some more heavy usage. Both are capable of dual-window support which is great, given the big 5.7-inch displays found here. Both phones deliver unique and for the most part, good software experiences, but I’ll lean a little more towards the V10, as it seemed the most reliable in my weeks of testing.

Specs comparison

  Samsung Galaxy Note 5 LG V10
Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display
Quad HD resolution, 518 ppi
Main: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 515 ppi
Secondary: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 515 ppi
Processor 2.1 GHz octa-core Exynos 7420
Mali-T760MP8 GPU
1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
Storage 32/64 GB
not expandable
64 GB
expandable via microSD card by up to 200 GB
Camera 16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP front-facing camera
16 MP rear camera with OIS
5 MP dual front-facing cameras
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
Software Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
171 grams
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
192 grams


Final thoughts


So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG V10! As mentioned, for most users, the choice between the two will be easy, based primarily on design and build quality. The Galaxy Note 5 features the sleeker and more elegant design, the arguably better display, and those looking for productivity will love the S-Pen and all its capabilities. On the flip side, if durability is a concern, the LG V10 is the device for you, and features like expandable storage and a removable battery are big positives as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 possibly heading to India

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Samsung seemed to have upset a few of its customers when it announced that the Galaxy Note 5 wouldn’t be launching in every region right away, but Indian consumers may be a little luckier. SamMobile has come across some test firmware for an Indian version of the handset with a build date created recently in August.

The build, version number N920GDDU1AOH2 (where H is apparently for August), is said to still be a work in progress for the Galaxy Note 5. However, the fact that development is still ongoing is a promising sign that Samsung may be planning to launch the device in India sometime soon. The country was not mentioned on the official list of launch regions, and Samsung decline to confirm or deny the rumor, so make of this what you will.

A similar work in progress build has previously been spotted for Europe, but it was last updated back in June, suggesting that development has been paused, at least for now. This certainly doesn’t mean that a European launch won’t happen at some point, but it likely won’t take place before any Indian launch.

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Although Samsung’s decision not to globally launch the Note 5 may be infuriating for some potential customers, Samsung apparently misjudged and struggled to meet demand for its smaller S6 Edge display earlier in the year. Perhaps this is Samsung’s way of keeping tighter control over its display supply this time around?

Do you think that the Galaxy Note 5 would go down well in India?

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Check out the official announcement videos for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

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Samsung has just taken the wraps off the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus at its Unpacked event just hours ago. Both devices feature big 5.7-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD displays, a mostly-glass design and many other notable enhancements that will likely be welcomed by consumers.

Samsung has just published the official introduction videos for both handsets, showing off some of their unique features. The first intro video walks through the Note 5’s new and improved S Pen and note taking features, curved back plate for a more comfortable in-hand feel, and some of the new multitasking software features. The second introduction video gives us a good look at the S6 Edge Plus’ new features that take advantage of the larger edge display.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Want to learn more about these two new smartphones? We’ve got you covered! Head to the links below to get a closer look, and be sure to tell us what you think about the handsets in the comments below.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor roundup

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The first half of 2015 has concluded and we have seen some amazing devices hit the market. Among the best are the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, the HTC On M9 and the LG G4, but let’s not forget there is more to come. As it goes with every year, another herd of important smartphones are to reach store shelves during the later half of the year. Some of them just as important as the typical flagships we mentioned above, if not more.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the most anticipated phones year after year. We could say this series gets most of the credit for the “phablet” movement, so it is definitely an important device to keep in mind. It’s also a handset that happens to be held upon the highest industry standards and Samsung rarely disappoints. Many of us actually prefer the Galaxy Note devices over the Galaxy S series, as they are released later in the year and tend to offer a better build and newer generation specs.

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Samsung’s popular supersized smartphones are usually released between September and October. The day when we should finally see it in stage is coming. We are getting ready to take it all in and bring you the best content once the phone is announced and released, but the world keeps spinning until then and we know the rumor mill is not about to stop turning. The leaks have started trickling in, which means we are starting to get a gist of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will be all about. Are you ready? Let’s go through every single murmur that has hit our feed.


While the Samsung Galaxy Note series has always differentiated itself from the Galaxy S smartphones in terms of aesthetics and build, this year it’s imperative that they follow a similar design language. Samsung’s numbers keep going down and most of the credit is given to the fact that their design and build quality has always been inferior to main competitors. Pure popularity is no longer working for Sammy!

With the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung takes the team back to the drawing board and manages to do wonders. Their flagship phones are now made of quality materials like aluminum and glass, which makes the new handsets feel like jewels resting in your hand (at least compared to those crappy things they used to make). While previous generations of the Galaxy Note line-up have done pretty well with their plastic builds, Samsung really can’t back-pedal and downgrade when making the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Galaxy Note 5 image from Tencent

Galaxy Note 5 image from Tencent

Thankfully, it seems Samsung is in the right path to making yet another amazingly-built smartphone. A recent image from Tencent showed us what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could look like once finalized, and it pretty much looks like an over-sized Samsung Galaxy S6… yet it does have its differences.

This image looks quite gorgeous, but we must say this is probably not what the phone will look like, even if it will likely have its similarities. We would put more faith on the video @OnLeaks recently leaked, which showcases a CAD design (also of anonymous origins). Now this one literally looks exactly like an overgrown Samsung Galaxy S6, except it happens to have a spot for the S-Pen.

According to the digital model, the phone should measure 123.44 x 77.31 x 10.2 mm, suggesting a large 5.7-inch display. Really, at this point that size is only a little larger than usual. The contrast is not as polarizing as it used to be, and some devices (like the Nexus 6) easily beat it. The phone is also not as thin as the Galaxy S6, but it’s not supposed to be. Keep in mind the Galaxy Note 5 should represent power and functionality, not exactly glamour.

Italian tech site HDBlog then used these CAD design to create some renders of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could look like. Here are the results:

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 2 and/or Galaxy S6 Edge Plus?

I think we can all agree those Edge devices are here to stay. It will be along time before we see a flagship Samsung device launch without its Edge counterpart, and I am willing to bet my money on the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 won’t be coming to market alone. Hell, they may be launching more than one over-sized smartphone!

Rumors point towards a very interesting change in strategy. It’s said the upcoming Note device with an Edge display will come with a screen that curves around both sides, much like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. This is corroborated by some of the names the device may have, which include monikers like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Note and the less exciting Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 2 (or 2nd gen). This is where it gets confusing, because they could all be the same, but there’s a slight chance the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is a completely different device than the upcoming Note Edge successor. We say this because the rumored specs are contradicting and all over the place.

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To be honest, it is refreshing to see Samsung doing away with the actual functionality in the Edge display. The Galaxy Note Edge was innovative and very different, but its Edge features simply didn’t offer enough features and had very little support from developers. It’s better to leave the edged screens as a purely aesthetic factor.

The name isn’t the only change we might see, though. For once, it seems like the Edge version won’t be on par with its brother device (Galaxy Note 5) in terms of power and performance. More on this in the specs section.


There’s different beliefs revolving around the Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s screen. It was previously believed Samsung was testing both 2K and 4K displays, going way above today’s QHD standards. More recent reports now state the phone could have a QHD Super AMOLED display (2560x1440p) measuring as much as 5.89 inches.



The rumored specs are not very solid, but we know the new Note Edge successor could have a Snapdragon 808 processor, 16 GB of internal storage, that lovely S-Pen, a 16 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front-facing shooter. This is very interesting, because this hardware is awfully similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus specs we have been hearing about, making is believe these two monikers could belong to a single device.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is said to come with either a 5.4, 5.4 or 5.7-inch display. It will be powered by Android 5.1.1 and sport a Snapdragon 808 processor, 32 GB of internal storage, a 16 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing shooter and a 3000 mAh battery (there were also rumors of a possible 4100 mAh battery).


One very important rumored feature the Galaxy Note 5 is said to have is the inclusion of a USB-C connector. This would make the Samsung Galaxy note 5 the first mainstream Android smartphone to come with the latest-generation USB, which is a pretty huge deal.

Also a huge deal is the rumor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 getting rid of expandable storage support. And considering the new design elements, we will likely also see the removable battery go out the door. We know this will play a huge part in your decision to buy the next Note!


We don’t know much about the camera aside from the fact that it should be a 16 MP shooter with OIS (optical image stabilization). There’s also said to be an 8 MP (or 5 MP) camera in the front. This is not much to go by, but knowing Samsung they won’t skimp out on these cameras. They should be nearly as good as the camera the Samsung Galaxy S6 offers, at the very least.

Oh, and don’t expect the camera bump to go away. All leaked images show it.

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If there is one thing the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have too much of, it will be software features. This is no average phone. It is called the “Note”, after all, and it is optimized to do just that – take notes. You will find your usual S-Pen features, including Action Memo, Smart Select, Screen Write, handwriting recognition and more. Not to mention the many other features Samsung usually offers, including like S Voice and Multi Window.

Of course, we also expect the Samsung Galaxy Note to come with the latest version of Android, which is Android 5.1.1 (there will likely be a newer one when the Galaxy Note 5 is released).

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Release date

There were previous rumors of a July release date, but Samsung was quick to debunk that. If previous Galaxy Note announcements serve as any confirmation, we should see the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (and whatever other devices it will be launched with) announced at IFA… so in September.

Wrapping up

It’s a bit hard to give you any concrete ideas, because rumors are all over the place right now. They often contradict themselves and many of them are likely incorrect. This conglomeration of confusing information makes us wonder if there really are more diverse versions of the Note/S6 Edge in the works. Maybe there will be a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a Galaxy Note Edge 2 and a Galaxy S6 EdgePlus? Who knows! For now we can only tell you to keep taking it all in, and to keep your eyes and ears very open. We will do the same and let you know more about the Galaxy Note 5 as additional details emerge. We are sure they will.

In the meantime, go ahead and hit the comments to tell us what you would like to see one the Samsung Galaxy note 5. I am really hoping for a full metal and glass body. I am also quite excited about the inclusion of a USB-C port. How about you?!


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