• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.7 inches
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7420
  • Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Wireless charging
  • Memory: 4GB Storage: 32GB
  • Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Camera: 16.0MP rear-facing, 5.0MP front-facing
  • Dimensions:
  • Weight:
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Cons:
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Benchmark Results
  • Antutu Benchmark: 67,415 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot ES 3.1: 1,220 points
  • 3DMark Sling Shot ES 3.1 Unlimited: 1,082 points

Best Note Yet

Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of smartphones have been a constant runaway success for the Korean tech giants ever since its first conception. It has gone through a number of design changes, always following the Galaxy S range of smartphones, and with the Galaxy Note 5, we have a true winner in our hands.

Powered by a Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, the Note 5 features a huge 5.7 inch display that actually fits in to most palm sizes, thanks to the way the display is maximised edge-to-edge. Featuring a qHD resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels, the screen also features extremely vivid colours that are simply beautiful. It also has 4GBs of RAM and 32GBs of storage which unfortunately is not expandable.

At the back, the Note 5 has a beautiful 16.0MP camera that comes with an LED flash that captures amazing photos, which look great even if you’re photographing in low light conditions. The camera also captures 4K video, although it’s highly recommended that you only shoot these videos in short bursts and copy them out as storage space on the Note 5 is a bit limited.

One of the biggest pulls of the Note series is its S-Pen, a digitiser that is used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to jotting down notes, but also to take screenshots, edit them, and even access shortcuts to your most-used apps. The improved Air Command feature activates as soon as you get the S-Pen out, which now also comes with a clicking mechanism so that it is always locked in place whenever it’s placed in the Note 5.

Performance-wise, the Note 5 feels as smooth as silk, no matter how many tasks are hurled at it. Need to check your e-mails while watching a YouTube video? No fret as Samsung’s dual-screen feature has got you covered. The phone’s 3,000mAH battery life is also super impressive, lasting a whole day and more even with slightly more than just moderate use. A pro-tip: for longer lasting battery, we suggest turning off 4G connectivity if you don’t need it. You’ll see a significant improvement in battery life when doing this.

CHIP CONCLUDE: With the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has shown the world that premium smartphones are still relevant to the market. Its perfect combination of design and performance will have many yearning for it, despite its somewhat hefty price.

(previously published in issue October 2015)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5