Samsung does it again


Ryan Solano, Feature

Samsung has shocked the world with yet another awe-inspiring Galaxy device. Released August 21, 2015, the Galaxy Note 5 shows exactly what Samsung can do. Tech savvy MCHS student, Ryan Wilson had this to say, “The Galaxy Note 5 is an amazing piece of technology and Samsung has outdone themselves.” The phone/ tablet hybrid has a whopping 5.7 inch screen perfect for watching videos a room away. But even with its size, the Note 5 (171 grams) actually shaves a gram off its predecessor, the Note 4 (172 grams).

A component that gives the Note 5 an advantage over other phones on the market is the included stylus. Like before, the “S Pen” makes interacting with the interface more intuitive and precise. The new iteration of the stylus is greatly improved by fitting better into the phone itself. In past versions, the S Pen was still held within the phone but had to compromise its sleek design. One new additional feature is the ability to record personal notes without even unlocking the phone. But what really matters is what is on the inside.

The Note 5 rocks a lightning fast Octa-Core 2.1 GHz processor and a 3000 mAh lithium ion battery that can last up to 12 days in standby mode. For storage, the Note 5 is available in both 32 GB and 64 GB versions. Unfortunately, there is no expandable storage port but there is, however, free cloud storage.

As for operating systems, the Note comes stock with Android 5.1 Lollipop but will able to update to 6.0 Marshmallow once it is released in October. For all the photography buffs out there, the Note 5 has a 16 megapixel camera back-facing camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is also already preinstalled with such features as Fast Motion mode, Panorama, Pro mode, Selective Focus, Slow Motion mode, Virtual Shot, picture stabilizer, and video recording.

The Note 5 is available in two colors, black and white. Outside of the US however, not only is black and white available, but so is gold and silver. Pricing fluctuates depending on both which phone provider you have and which version you get, either 32 GB or 64 GB. According to CNET, a 32 GB version will cost anywhere between $670 and $740, US Cellular being the cheapest and AT&T being the most expensive. The 64 GB version ranges from $770 to $840. Once again US Cellular is the cheapest and AT&T is the most expensive.

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