Lisa Gade reviews the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Samsung’s premium phablet with S Pen for 2015. The Note 5 looks like a bigger Galaxy S6, and that’s not a bad thing— it’s extremely attractive and premium looking metal and glass smartphone. The glass back is curved on the sides for a better look and fit in the hand. Sadly the removable battery and microSD card slot are gone as part of the redesign.
The phone has a stunning 5.7” QHD 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display and it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz on the same Exynos 2.1 GHz octa-core 64 bit CPU as the GS6. It has 4 gigs of RAM, 32 or 64 gigs of internal storage, dual band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, NFC with support for Samsung Pay and a GPS. The Note 5 has a rear 16MP camera with OIS and 4K video recording and a front 5MP camera. It’s available on all major carriers and sells for approx. $700 for the 32 gig and $800 for the 64 gig.