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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 : Review, Features & More

Samsung never miss the mark to astound us! The minute we contemplate over smartphone’s saturated market Samsung launches its beautifully crafted devices with high technical competency. 

This time Samsung came up with a beautiful, powerful and highly productive Phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Let's see what this beast has in store for us.

Design and Build

Samsung Galaxy note 5 is gorgeous aluminium phone and is amongst the best looking phones available in market. The aluminium body is offered in four different colours of Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan or White Pearl. The phone is good to hold as the back plate and slightly curved edges gives it a good grip.

The phone has dimensions of 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm housed with 5.1 inch display and is weighs 171g which is quite light weight for big phone. Both front and back of the phone is protected by Corning’s latest creation, Gorilla Glass 4.


There is no denying in fact that Samsung produces best displays and Note 5 houses an amazing one too. The 5.7in screen looks clean, clear, bright, vibrant, fantastic viewing angles and more importantly high definition with a pixel density of a staggering 518ppi in Quad HD super AMOLED screen.


Samsung has worked on rebuilding S-Pen’s functionality and design. Compared to Note 5’s predecessor Note 4, S-Pen has enhanced and accurate pressure sensitivity. The smooth display gives it interpreting angles and swoops with the access to Air Command.

There are a couple of shortcuts enabled with S-pen including Screen write, Smart Select, Action memo and S Note and there is provision of adding custom Air Command shortcuts such as “Open Calendar” . Also, if you eject S-Pen while the screen is locked, you can write on the locked screen itself.

Talking about the build, S-Pen has a dazzling sleek aluminium body with a push button end. It can be ejected with a press-down and will pop out of the device for use.

Spec and Performance

Performance of the phone is great, we could use two apps side-by-side and interact with both of them without even having a hint of lag. Heavy games, apps, and videos are smooth as silk to run. This has made possible because of whopping 4 GB RAM 7420 octa-core Exynos processor comprising of a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57.

The high end graphics are supported by Mali-T760MP8 GPU. The results of graphics test were good, while the phablet topped in SunSpider test for browser performance.

For storage options, Note 5 comes in two versions a 32 GB and a 64 GB.

Connectivity options include 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and NFC while there are a number of sensors including an accelerometer, a gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, as well as a heart rate monitor and SpO2 monitor.


We found camera exceptionally good with pictures at par with high quality point and shoot cameras. The rear camera is having 16 megapixel, 120-degree wide angle lens while front one is 5 MP. The camera also offers varied shooting modes with optical image stabilization, auto-focus, f1.9, an LED flash and 4K video recording at 30fps. HDR images can be seen in real time which gives an instant preview thus helping in taking better pictures.

Software and Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with pre-installed Android 5.1.1.Lollipop operating system. It is also bundled with useful apps like S-Health, Microsoft Office, AirCommad for S-Pen and all of these are displayed over Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

The phone runs on 3000mAh battery and have wireless charging capabilities which claim to charge the battery to 100% in 120 minutes, while the wired charger also amazed us with its fast charging capability.


The enchanted display on a bigger screen, improved S-pen, sleek and exquisite looks, strong build quality and everything that this phone encompasses is an enchantment. With a starting price of Rs. 53900 , for us the phone is sure deal breaker not just for Android phablet fans but for all Android followers.