Samsung finally launched the Galaxy Note 5 in India yesterday, with prices starting from Rs 53,900. Samsung s phablet is set to go on sale later this month on September 20. In the meantime, we spent some time with it at the launch event, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
Unlike the faux leather back panel on the Galaxy Note 4, the new Galaxy Note 5 boasts glass-covered back panel along with a metal frame. The new phablet is visibly slimmer than its predecessor, and the design language is more in line with the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge, which launched earlier this year. Despite the 5.7-inch display, sits comfortably in your hands. One disadvantage of a glass back is that it quickly attracts fingerprints and smudges. Overall though, the phablet feels quite premium, something you expect from a handset that costs close to Rs 60,000.
Speaking of the display, the Galaxy Note 5 flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD (2560×1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 518ppi. The screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Not surprisingly, the display is a treat for the eyes, and viewing angles are good enough as well. The touch experience is pretty smooth as well.
Under the hood is Samsung s Exynos 7420 octa-core (2.1GHz Cortex-A57 quad-core + 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 quad-core) 64-bit processor paired with 4GB of RAM. In the short time we used the smartphone, it feels really fast and there is no hint of lag.
The smartphone runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop wrapped under a refreshed TouchWiz UI. While the overall look and feel is much the same, the improved UI incorporates Google s Material Design interface, and introduces nifty features such as live YouTube broadcasting, and quick camera launch to name a few.
Speaking of cameras, the Galaxy Note 5 sports a 16-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera with optical image stabilization, and 4K video recording capabilities. Up front is a 5-megapixel camera. The camera is quick to start, and we managed to click some decent photos under ambient lighting conditions at the launch event. We will take a more detailed look at the cameras during our review.
One of the biggest improvements on the Galaxy Note 5 is the S Pen. For one, Samsung has introduced a push-to-eject mechanism to make it easier to remove the stylus from its housing. The company also claims that it has improved the accuracy and pressure sensitivity of the stylus.
The Air Command menu too has been improved, and now it automatically starts the moment you eject the S Pen. You don t even need to wake up the display, and can start doodling or scribbling with the stylus. Samsung now also lets you customize the menu by adding shortcuts to your favorite apps.
Overall, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 brings in quite a few improvements over its predecessor. Another talking point is how Samsung seems to have hit the sweet spot when it comes to the pricing. The 32GB variant is priced at Rs 53,900, which offers way more than something like the Sony Xperia Z3+, which was recently launched for Rs 55,990. The 64GB variant of the phablet is priced at Rs 59,900. We will take a more detailed look at Samsung s newest phablet in our review, so stay tuned.
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