The Galaxy Note 5 just got unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked 2015. And like every new Galaxy flagship device, it builds upon the features present in those devices before it. It many ways the Galaxy Note 5 is better than last year's Galaxy Note 4, but are the somewhat marginal differences between the two devices compelling enough to warrant an upgrade. Hopefully the table below might help you decide.
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|GALAXY NOTE 5||GALAXY NOTE 4|
|DIMENSIONS||153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm||153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm|
|PROCESSOR||Exynos 7420 (64bit, 14nm) Octa core (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad)||2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Snapdragon 805) or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor (Exynos)|
|MEMORY||4GB RAM (LPDDR4)||3GB RAM|
|MEMORY||32/64GB (UFS 2.0)||32 GB Internal memory ＋ micro SD slot (up to 64GB)|
|DISPLAY||5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560x1440 (518ppi)||5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560x1440 (518ppi)|
|CAMERA||Rear: 16 MP OIS (F1.9) Front: 5 MP (F1.9)||Rear: 16 MP OIS (F2.2) Front: 3.7 MP (F1.9)|
|BATTERY||3000mAh non-removable||3220mAh removable|
|WIRELESS CHARGING||Yes (Built-In)||Yes (With replacement back cover)|
The Galaxy Note 5 has the Note 4 beat in the camera department, however if the camera optics is the same one in the Galaxy S6, then the differences in the photo quality between the two devices is almost insignificant. The processors and dynamic memory have also been given a boost, the Exynos 7420 processors have a clear advantage over the Snapdragon processors in the Note 4 due to the 14nm fabrication used, which in turn delivers better performance and energy saving.
In some ways, the Galaxy Note 5 is a backward step from the Galaxy Note 4, as it drops some fan favourite features such as the microSD slot and a non-removable battery which offers less capacity when compared to that of the Galaxy Note 4.
At the end of the day, the Galaxy Note 5 might not be a compelling upgrade for Galaxy Note 4 but to owners of the aging Galaxy Note 3 looking to upgrade the Galaxy Note 5 might not be too bad of a choice