Last year, Samsung announced two new Galaxy Note models – the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge. The Note 4, the fourth-generation model, is by many people considered one of the best smartphones on the market. The Galaxy Note Edge, a curved version, is tempting for Android enthusiasts who want something different. But new rumours have emerged about the next models – the Galaxy Note 5.
Galaxy Note 5 specs and details leak
We’re still very much in the midst of the rumour cycle, but we’ve seen some more details about the Galaxy Note 5 emerge in the last few days, thanks to SamMobile and Galaxy Club. The former website has published key details including model numbers and a list of potential mobile operators that will sell it, while the other has discovered the unique identifier (IMEI) that matches what is presumed to be hte next Galaxy Note 5 model number.
SamMobile claims that the new Note is internally known as Project Noble – Samsung is well known of course for using codenames – the Galaxy S6 for example was known as Project Zero.
The Galaxy Note 5 release date is still an unknown, and it’s not expected to arrive until later this year. But Samsung often releases its Note models at the IFA show in Berlin each year. With IFA 2015 scheduled for early September, it probably means the phablet device won’t arrive until the autumn.
Here’s the lowdown on some of the rumours:
A report from the Korea Herald suggests that Samsung will adopt the same dual-edge display as the Galaxy S6 Edge for the Note series. The report cites Roh Tae-moon, the executive vice president of Samsung’s product team who says that “there is a possibility that Samsung will introduce the curved display for the Galaxy Note lineup”.
Meanwhile, a separate report from China also suggests that Samsung will use the flexible, curved display on the Note 5. And an old report from Korea publication Ledwn, which accurately predicted the Galaxy S6 Edge, claims Samsung will indeed use the same display on the Note 5.
However, Samsung is expected to start production of a 6-inch Ultra HD display at more than 700 pixels per inch, which means shifting from Quad UD to UDH – that delivers a resolution of 2,160 x 3,840 pixels. The device will need a mammoth battery if the rumour is true, as that many pixels will be a huge drain.
Another report from PhoneArea suggest Samsung is considering a display of at least 2,160 x 3,840 pixels on the Galaxy Note 5. The company may use a 5.89-inch display for the flat-screened and “Edge” models, which would translate to more than 700 pixels per inch.
Lastly, a report from Digitimes claims that Qualcomm is trying hard to get its Snapdragon chips back into Samsung’s flagship phones. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both use Samsung’s Exynos 7 octa-core CPU, in a notable change from the past, where the company launched Galaxy phones with both Exynos and Snapdragon chips for different international markets.