Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 5 in mid-August, in order to avoid iPhone overlap
Samsung Electronics is bringing forward the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday,as the South Korean tech giant seeks to revive sales after a sluggish second quarter. The world’s top smartphone maker will launch a new version of its Galaxy Note 5 phablet in mid-August, the person said, declining to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. Previous versions, such as the Note 3 and 4, typically launched in September. Samsung has used IFA as a platform for announcing the Note since the first one debuted in 2011. The Galaxy Note line, which has proved to be a strong hit with consumers, was the catalyst for establishing the phablet category and helped propel Samsung to new heights as the leader of the smartphone market. Samsung has definitely been a frequent presence in the rumor mill lately, but these new pictures are some of the hottest info we’ve got so far. Case maker ITSKINS sent us a bunch of renders of the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, revealing their dimensions and control layout.
Update: We may have caught a glimpse of a Note 5 case, giving us insight into how Samsung’s next phablet flagship could look. Plus there’s talk of a massive battery. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the ultimate refinement of the phablet platform the company created with the original Galaxy Note. A powerful display, even more power stuffed inside and new take on the phablet’s design made for a handset worth of 4.5 stars even though it’s controversially expensive and huge in the hand. Since its release back in November, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S6 come out as well with a completely rethought design and it’s possible we may see those changes come to the Galaxy Note 5 as well.
Nothing is confirmed as of yet, but we can predict we’ll see an iteration of the Galaxy Note 5 at IFA 2015 this September – that’s Samsung’s previous form for releasing it’s phablet line. That’s also been echoed by SamMobile’s sources, though other somewhat suspect rumors point to an earlier July release, however that date was denied by the president of Samsung, Jong-Kyun Shin. Another recent rumour pegs the launch date as late August, with Samsung allegedly talking to Taiwanese retailers about stocking the Galaxy Note 5 early in a bid to get into consumers’ hands before Apple releases its new iPhone. As with the previous rumours of an early launch, we’d recommend taking this with a pinch of salt.
News and rumors
Not much is officially known about the Galaxy Note 5 – which is also being referred to as Project Zen in some leaks – but rumors are beginning to seep out and give us a slight idea of what to expect. For one thing we’ve seen images of what might be a case for the phone. The pictures were shared by the accessory maker MobileDirect and point to a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy S6, with for example the camera and flash likely to be aligned horizontally rather than vertically, based on the cut outs. Some believe the name is set for a change this time around. Reports from the Galaxy Club in the Netherlands suggest the S6 Note name has been trademarked in South Korea suggesting the Note brand is ready to join in with the flagship S series. As for specs, industry insiders speaking to zol.com and naver.com have claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have a mammoth 4100 mAh battery, as well as a USB Type-C port, a 5.89-inch QHD screen and a slim 7.9mm thick build. Those aren’t the only specs rumors we’ve heard. A source at the South Korean publication ETNews suggested a display manufacturer had received an order from Samsung for over 8 million flexible displays. It’s expected these will cross between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 5 but it’s an interesting prospect. The article refers to them as flexible displays but it isn’t currently clear whether it means a set up similar to that on the Galaxy S6 Edge or a full blown curved and movable display. We’d expect to see a standard version of the Galaxy Note 5 and maybe accompanied by one with the flexible display type – much like the Note Edge did last year. A model number for the Galaxy Note 5 has also appeared on the IMEI database under SM-N920F. The Note 4 was referred to as the SM-N910 so it makes sense this is the next iteration, whilst a number of different sources have revealed to SamMobile that the phone is being referred to as “Project Noble” or “Project Zen” within Samsung.
SamMobile has also waded in on the Galaxy Note 5 debate with some important information from sources within the company. According to the Samsung dedicated blog it’ll either be a 2K or 4K flat Super AMOLED display on the front with an Exynos 7422 processor tucked inside. The sources also claim the Exynos 7422 will be the company’s first ever all-in-one chip with the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage and modem all together on the same slate under the hood. Samsung is also reportedly working on an Exynos 7430 chipset but it’s rumored to be an engineering sample with no real plans to release it to the public. Another report from SamMobile reveals details about the phones processor. It’s rumoured to be an Exynos 7422 and is set to be the companies first ever all-in-one chipset with everything from storage, GPU, RAM, a 64-bit octa-core CPU and the new Shannon LTE modem included. SamMobile has also reported Samsung is working on a new concept called the Project Valley smartphone – it’s a device with two screens that you can switch between using different gestures. It’s unlikely we’ll see this tech directly implemented anytime soon but it gives us faith Samsung is working on a new big thing for its next generation of smartphones. Could we see a similar feature tested on the Galaxy Note 5? It’s unlikely but we’ve got our fingers – and everything else – crossed Sammy will take a punt on its new tech. Rumours suggest the Galaxy Note 5 will drop microSD expandable storage in favour of the new UFS 2.0 storage found in the Galaxy S6.
MicroSD can’t keep up with the speed of the ultra-fast storage found inside so it’s time for the slot to go. We hope it will make the higher storage versions more affordable to make up for it. SamMobile also claims that a Keyboard Case will launch alongside the Note 5 and interestingly that while a curved screen variant will land too it will have different specs and no S Pen stylus. While there’s no word on what the Galaxy Note 5 will be built from just yet we’d expect premium materials and there’s a good chance it will be styled after the Samsung Galaxy S6, with a metal frame and a glass back. MobileFun have started to stock a Galaxy Note 5 case further confirming some of the design elements we’ve already seen. It looks like the camera won’t protrude as much as it does on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and there won’t be an IR sensor on this version either. One of the biggest highlights of the Galaxy Note series is seeing what Samsung does to improve the S Pen stylus. A new patent suggests there are big changes ahead for the Galaxy Note 5 that will allow the S Pen to pop out of the phone on demand. A set up with a magnet in the phone and one in the stylus will mean the stylus never falls out when you don’t want it to and then the polarity can be reversed making the stylus eject out. It’s thought you’ll be able to do this with a voice command, button tap or gesture. It sounds smart and effective.