Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 specs, release date: new phablet hits the market August 21; No confirmation of new premium smartphone


South Korean tech giant Samsung has officially unveiled the latest installment in its high-end phablet series “Galaxy Note 5” during the company’s Unpacked event in New York. However, no confirmation has been made for the rumored next-in-line handheld device in the S-series, “Galaxy S7.”

In a side-by-side comparison of the two devices, Galaxy Note 5 still has the same 5.7-inch screen as its predecessor but its body is slimmer with the dimension of 153.2mm x 76.1mm x 7.6mm and weight of 171g. The AMOLED screen has the quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 515 pixel-per-inch density and will be covered with Gorilla Glass 4. While for Galaxy S7, no reports have been made with the size but it may support ultra-high definition 4k display.

Under the hood, Galaxy Note 5 has octa-core Samsung Exynos processor paired with 4GB of RAM. The built-in storage comes with either 32GB or 64GB, both are non-expandable. Galaxy S7 on the other hand is rumored to have 64-bit Exynos in 3.5GHz processor combined with 4GB of RAM. The base memory may be 32GB and can have as much storage as 64GB and 128GB.

The battery for Galaxy Note 5 has the capacity of 3,000mAh which supports the new features of wireless charging and quick charging. While reports claim that Samsung may be working on a breakthrough technology that will allow Galaxy S7 to last for five days on a single charge.

For the camera, Galaxy Note 5 includes 16-megapixel back camera with Sony IMX240 sensor, F1.0 aperture that has OIS, LED Flash and can record 4k videos. It also has 5-megapixel front facing one that includes F1.9 aperture and the ability to capture 1080p footages. For Galaxy S7, high hopes have been made for a possible 30-megapixel rear shutter that may be paired with 10-megapixel front lens.

For added features, Galaxy Note 5 comes with its traditional Stylus pen support that can be released by a single click. It also has an improved Air Command, UHQ Audio and Live Broadcast streaming.

Reviews note that it seems like the marketing tactics of Samsung is to get ahead of the competition as they will release the Galaxy Note 5 in August 21 while Galaxy S7 is unconfirmed.

Jean-Daniel Ayme, vice president of Samsung Electronic’s European telecom operations commented on the unusual launch date, “Of course, we’re not alone in the market and we take the whole [sector] into consideration to find the best opportunity. It’s fair to say that we’re in a market which has competition, and we welcome that – it’s a maturing market all around the world and we thrive in developing new opportunities, new devices that will grow the business,” BBC reports.