When is the Note 5 coming to the UK? Simple answer: it’s not. At least not this year. Samsung’s UK Unpacked event focused solely on the new Galaxy S6 Edge+, although we also got the opportunity to spend some time with its new tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2.
The answer you’d rather hear, though, is that you can buy the Note 5 in the UK, just not directly through Samsung. Over on Amazon the Note 5 costs £605, while the cheapest Buy It Now price we could find on eBay at the time of writing was £457.89.
In the US the Note 5 went on sale on 21 August with a SIM-free RRP of $999.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specification and new features
Samsung’s Note 5 promises to be a massively powerful device, with a Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and either 32- or 64GB of storage.
Measuring 153.2×76.1×7.6mm and weighing 171g, the new Note 5 squeezes in a 5.7in Quad HD (2560×1440, 518ppi) SuperAMOLED screen.
It runs Android Lollipop 5.1, and features LTE Cat 6 connectivity. There’s also the latest dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and a fingerprint scanner.
A non-removable battery is rated at 3000mAh, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 supports sat charging through both wired and wireless chargers. For wireless it supports WPC and PMA.
For photography you’ll find 16Mp with optical image stabilisation at the rear, and 5Mp at the front. As with the S6, a double-press of the home button will instantly launch the main camera.
The Note 5, as always, comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus, now redesigned to feel more balanced in the hand and offer improved writing capabilities. You can write down notes while the screen is off, and the Air Command feature is also more intuitive.
Unfortunately, it has already been shown that breaking the new Note 5 is as easy as inserting the S Pen the wrong way around, which can permanently disable the handset’s stylus detection feature. Samsung has responded merely that owners should read the manual and not insert the S Pen incorrectly.
Samsung Pay will come to the new Note 5, although a UK release date for that is also unknown. It will launch in Korea on 20 August, and in the US on 28 September.
The Note 5 will be available in White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum and Silver Titanium.
Below you can read the Note 5 rumours that circulated on the web prior to its launch – how much of it turned out to be true?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was launched in September 2014 to near universal acclaim, but no sooner had Samsung’s latest phablet hit the market than we started hearing the first whispers about the next Galaxy Note (and potentially now scrapped Note 5 Edge). In this article we trawl through the rumours on the web to bring you the best Galaxy Note 5 rumours. (See also: 13 best phablets of 2015 UK: What’s the best large-screen smartphone?)
Update 13 August: Although Samsung is expected to have removed microSD support from the new Note 5, it is alleged that a dual-SIM variant will feature a microSD card slot. Note that this version will unlikely be officially available in the UK, although you may well be able to pick it up via grey-market sites, Amazon or eBay.
Update 12 August: Following several leaked images from case makers, our friends atMobileFun got in touch to let us know it now has a full range of Note 5 cases and accessories to pre-order.
evleaks has also confirmed that the Note 5’s battery will be rated at 3000mAh, which is sure to disappoint many fans who are already upset by the suggestion that neither will the battery be removable.
Update 10 August: Yet more photos of the Note 5 have been leaked, including the box which shows confirmation of specs such as 4GB of RAM, a 64-bit processor and, for this model 32GB, implying the device won’t begin at 64GB. The leaker also confirmed the lack of an SD card slot and the inclusion of ‘push to pop’ mechanism for the S Pen. Via iNoob and Reddit.