It seems Samsung devices are devaluing faster than ever. Just last week we saw the Samsung Galaxy S6 price hit rock bottom at $429.99 (deal still available), and today we are learning the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is being offered for $579.99 by Monoprice’s eBay store. That would be a substantial discount over the original $700 price point… especially considering the thing was released only a bit over a month ago!
Let’s not complain about it, shall we? Instead, you should head straight to eBay and take advantage of this deal if you have been itching to upgrade to a powerful high-end smartphone. This specific version is the GSM-unlocked N920i. It uses a nanoSIM card and supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 28 and 40.
Just in case you have been living under a rock, this phone happens to have remarkable specs. It sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 2560x1440p display, a Samsung Exynos 7420 CPU, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, stunning 16 and 5 MP cameras, a 3000 mAh battery and Android 5.1 Lollipop.
You can always refer to our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review to learn more about the phone. Otherwise, simply click through to the eBay page and get buying! Remember these deals don’t always last forever, so you may want to act fast.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note series is still a mystery to some. “Who would want a device so massive?” is a common statement among onlookers. Many of us prefer the 5-inch form factor, which is why past Nexus devices, Moto X’s, and others have been so popular. Despite a market saturated with devices having a 5-inch form factor, the Galaxy Note series has managed to firmly corner a market wanting much larger options.
That isn’t a bad thing. After all, that’s what Android is all about–a variety of devices to fit different personalities, likes, and dislikes. However, the Galaxy Note series has an interesting history with the original Note launching in October of 2011.
Original Galaxy Note
The original Galaxy Note was, at first, a strange device, not knowing what it really was. It featured specifications that are foreign to flagship devices today. It has a 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display, an Exynos chipset, a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, a Mali-400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB storage options, microSD support up to 64GB, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a, 2500mAh battery, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The element that made this device unique was the inclusion of the S Pen, giving users more options and control with their smartphone.
Samsung created the Galaxy Note to be a user’s primary device for on-the-go activities. It would do whatever you needed it do–take notes by recreating the ease of traditional pencil and paper, take good photos for family vacations, be a great multimedia device, and so on. In essence, Samsung wanted to get rid of all the extra devices and accessories you take with you–pen, notepads, point-and-shoot cameras, and replace it with a single device: the Galaxy Note.
The most interesting aspect of the device is that the media wasn’t sure just how well the original Galaxy Note would fit in with its 5.3-inch display. At the time, that was a massive display and was considered extremely large for a phone, and almost unnecessary. However, it was still met with success, selling over 10 million units in a year.
This isn’t where the Note’s success stopped, though.
Galaxy Note II
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II was a big upgrade from the original Galaxy Note on the hardware and software side of things. It has a bigger, 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 4412 chipset, a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, a Mali-400MP4 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage options, microSD support up to 64GB, 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, a 3100mAh battery, and it’s running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, upgradeable to KitKat.
Another modification was a revised S Pen, along with many added S Pen features. Added to the Galaxy Note II was pen gestures, split-screen multitasking, and Air View, a feature that lets users preview content by hovering the pen over the screen. There were some other new TouchWiz features included that was introduced with the Galaxy S III.
The original Galaxy Note’s success pales in comparison to what the Note II saw, selling well over 30 million units worldwide. Samsung certainly saw their was a market for large devices like this, and has seen a lot of success as result. However, after the Galaxy Note II, many other manufacturers began developing devices of a similar size to take advantage of this popularity.
Many still thought 5.5 inches was massive for a display at the time, but it would quickly become the norm in future editions.
Galaxy Note 3
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launched in September 2013, succeeding the Galaxy Note II. It was an extreme upgrade in hardware and offered more productivity options than the Galaxy Note series had seen in the past. The Galaxy Note 3 also ushered in a less blocky design, focusing on a much more premium offering.
It has a massive 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 800/Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset (varies by market), a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400/quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 CPU (varies by market), 3GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB storage options, microSD support up to 64GB, a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 3200mAh battery, and the device is running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
What was unique about the Galaxy Note 3 is that it introduced a plastic leather back as opposed to the silicone seen in the past. The faux leather gave the device a premium feel, though some didn’t like the new design at all. This new Galaxy Note 3 brought with it expanded S Pen functionality, such as Air Command, Action Memos, handwriting recognition, and much more.
The Galaxy Note 3 was met with yet more wild success, selling 10 million units in its first two months. Interestingly just a few months later, Samsung decided to offer a downgraded version of the device, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
Galaxy Note 3 Neo
The Galaxy Note 3, announced by Samsung Poland in January 2014, was intended to be a less pricier version of the Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo’s specs were all downgraded, but nothing too bad. The only major change was that the display was reverted to a 5.5-inch 720p panel and the camera was reduced down from 13MP to 8MP.
Software and S Pen functionality remained the same. However, it turned out to be a big disappointment in that it was essentially a Galaxy Note 2 with an artificial leather back. Its biggest complaint was the extremely drop in screen resolution. After this, Samsung never made a “budget” Galaxy Note again.
Galaxy Note 4
Samsung later in 2014 at IFA in Berlin announced the Galaxy Note 4, which was essentially a Galaxy Note 3 with a few minor changes, although there was a major improvement in resolution with the display.
It has a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805/Exynos 5433 chipset (varies by market), a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450/a quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.9GHz Cortex-A59 CPU (varies by market), 3GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal storage, microSD support up to 128GB, a 16MP rear camera, a 3.7MP front camera, a 3220mAh battery, and it’s running Android 4.4 KitKat, which is upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Galaxy Note 4 didn’t see as much success as previous entries in the Note series, only garnering 4.5 million units in its first month. This would also be the last Note device to see the faux leather back.
As with every release, more software features was brought to the device for added S Pen and TouchWiz UI functionality. While many of these aren’t necessary to the goals of the Note series, it reiterates Samsung’s effort to make the Galaxy Note an all-in-one device so that you won’t ever need to bring anything else with you, whether that be a notepad, camera, and so on.
Galaxy Note Edge
The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge can be pictured as Samsung’s “Frankenstein,” an experimental device. We’ve seen many devices with an edge-to-edge display, but nothing like the Galaxy Note Edge where it’s actually a curved display.
The device features a 5.6-inch 2560 x 1600 Super AMOLED display, it has Snapdragon 805 chipset, a quad-core 2.7GHz Krait 450 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, microSD support up to 128GB, a 16MP rear camera, a 3.7MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, and it’s running Android 4.4, which is upgradable to Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Aside from a small bump in resolution and a downgrade in battery, the Galaxy Note Edge’s specifications largely resemble that of the Galaxy Note 4. However, what makes it unique is that it has a curved display of 160px, running into the right side of the smartphone.
There was some additional functionality that worked with the curved display, but besides that, the device remains identical to the Galaxy Note 4. There’s been differing opinions regarding the Note Edge, but overall it seemed to do well, however, we haven’t heard news or rumors of another one in the works.
Galaxy Note 5
And here we arrive to this year’s refresh of the Galaxy Note. The device received a small bump in specifications, but nothing major. After all, Samsung’s focus this year wasn’t hardware, but offering a more premium device than it has in the past through a new design and better software features.
The phone totes a 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, a Exynos 7420 chipset, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB storage options, no microSD support, a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 3000mAh battery, which isn’t field removable. It’s also on the latest version of Lollipop.
There’s been a lot of controversy regarding this device, largely because of closing off microSD access and sealing up the smartphone’s battery. There isn’t much reasoning behind getting rid of microSD support, however, we’re sure Samsung felt like they could seal up the battery by offering fast wireless charging features.
More controversy surrounds this device due to the S Pen. If you put it in its tray backwards, it gets stuck and generally cannot be removed without wrecking the device, though there have been some methods posted online to “unstick” the S Pen.
Overall, it’s a very nice looking device with a gorgeous glass back. There’s been a bevy of improved software features, and this is truly one of Samsung’s best, despite the controversy around it. Personally, the most upsetting aspect of this device is that European users won’t be able to get their hands on it, as Samsung, thus far, hasn’t revealed any plans to bring the device to European markets.
And that’s quick primer on Samsung’s Galaxy Note series. It truly is an interesting device, and its history is quite intriguing, especially considering that many thought anything above 5-inches was way too large for a smartphone. It still did very well, despite those thoughts, which were largely portrayed by the media.
Do you own a Galaxy Note device? Have you owned one in the past? If so, what do you like or even dislike about the Note series? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Come comment on this article: A History of the Galaxy Note Smartphone Series
Thanks to folks over at XDA, the stock wallpapers from the Korean version of the Galaxy Note 5 have been extracted. We are here to bring these to you, as we try to do whenever a new device is released. Let us know what you think about Samsung’s latest devices to hit the market in the comments below.
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Samsung has quietly listed 128GB models of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. At yesterday’s announcement, Samsung told the press the two devices would only come in 32/64GB models, which was to many consumers’ dismay since these devices will not have microSD card support.
The 128GB models should be available to buy through Samsung’s website alongside other memory options on August 21, barring no unforeseen delays.
There are a few odd details, such as the 128GB S6 Edge+ only being offered in black through Sprint and T-Mobile. But it’s available in black or gold via Verizon and AT&T. It’s slightly disappointing if you have a color preference.
Either way, this is still fortunate news. Having a 128GB memory option will no doubt help offset the disappointment of offering no microSD card support, despite Samsung saying there would only be 32/64GB options.
Both 32GB/64GB options of either device are not far under the $1,000 mark, and there’s no doubt that the 128GB model will put you past that. What’s unfortunate is that it doesn’t seem Samsung is offering any 128GB memory options unlocked and straight from their store.
Let’s just hope carriers will actually offer these options on August 21 and this isn’t some mistake. After all, none of these memory options actually show up on the carrier websites themselves, and that’s a bit worrisome.
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Samsung released its new phablets for the year earlier today, and there is already a plethora of articles out there full of reactions about Samsung’s decision to remove expandable memory and replaceable batteries from its Note line. However, this article is going to focus on something I think is much more important. I am here to talk about one thing and one thing only…battery capacity.
The Note 5 demands more power!
Samsung, you know I am not your biggest fan, and it is times like this that has constantly kept you away from your phones. You claimed today that you listen to your fans and built the Note 5 around what they want. However, you seem to have forgotten to focus also on what they need.
If you do not want to include a microSD card slot or removable battery in your phones anymore, okay. That is your decision, and the only people you are going to upset are they users who utilized those features. However, every customer who buys a Note 5 will be relying on the battery you placed in it.
In the Note 4, you included a 3220mAh battery; in the Note 3, you included a 3200mAh battery; and in the Note 2, you included a 3100mAh battery. But for some reason, you thought it would be a good idea to only put a 3000mAh battery in the new Note 5?
The Note 5 is your fastest, most powerful phone yet, and you decided it needed battery that is smaller than the one in the Note 2. Have you not read all of the complaints about battery life that you received about the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge? And these phones have batteries coming in at only 400 mAh less than the Note 5.
News flash! 400mAh is not enough extra capacity for a phone meant for productivity!
While the S6 and its curved twin have productivity features like multi-window, they become much more usable on a larger screen phone with a stylus. This means that more people will use it on the Note 5, which will require more processing power, which then requires more battery power.
I am beginning to think that you did not consider your users at all when designing the Note 5. If you had, then you would have realized that the Note line has always been praised for good battery life, and people know that.
Now, when a Note 3 user comes into the store to get the Note 5, they are going to be expecting the battery life that they got with their Note 3. Unfortunately, they will find out very quickly that the new Note does not last as long as their old phone.
Normal consumers do not know what battery capacity their phones has, or that the Note 5 has the smallest battery in three generations of the device. It is your responsibility to provide them with a phone that will last the whole day on a single charge, and I am afraid you have failed this time.
Who are the wall huggers now?
I am going to shift my focus from something you obviously do not care about, the users, to something that you obviously do care about, money. It does not take a genius to see that the Note 5 is your attempt to compete directly with Apple, and you have every right to do that. They have created their own phablet and are encroaching on the market you created.
However, you have to compete with them by making a phone that is actually better than theirs. From all indications, the iPhone 6+ has pretty good battery life, and consumers know that. What is going to happen when people start buying the Note 5 and learn that battery life on it pales in comparison? They are going to tell their friends that your phone has awful battery life and that the iPhone 6+ will last much longer on a charge.
I worry that the tables have turned. It seems only yesterday you were making fun of iPhone users who suffered from miserable battery life and had to spend much of their time as “wall huggers.” However, it seems that now you have created a phone that will transform its user into one who constantly searches for the nearest outlet.
You do not have to worry about me, Samsung. I have already decided to stay away from the Note 5 and find a phone that can last a full day.
I am worried about the normal customers; the ones that do not know all of a phone’s specs and just get it because they had the older version. These users may be in for a rude awakening, and it was your responsibility to provide them with a phone worth using.
Hopefully people who are disappointed with battery life on the Note 5 will not think all Android phones suffer the same fate, but they definitely might. Hopefully you will gain users with your new design instead of pushing them towards your main competitor. Hopefully you have optimized the Note 5 like crazy and that battery life is actually good.
Regardless of this, I have to say you have disappointed many fans and even non-fans like me. Anyway, good luck on your future attempts,
While most of us have adjusted just fine to a virtual touchscreen keyboard, not everyone has wanted to make this jump. In fact, the number one reason why any Blackberry phones are still sold is largely owed to the fact that the company has an exceptional physical keyboard layout.
For those missing the physical keyboard but content with being part of camp Android, Samsung has a new solution. The Korean giant has revealed a new snap-on physical keyboard for the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus which will be sold separately for a currently undisclosed price. The new keyboard is aptly named the Samsung Keyboard cover.
The snap-on keyboard doesn’t use batteries or Bluetooth to make the magic happen, and instead utilizes the touchscreen underneath. Upon attachment, the phone recognizes the accessory and adjusts its virtual keyboard to the layout of the physical keyboard. When you hit a physical key, it will then press a virtual key on the blocked half of the screen underneath. Not using it? You can also push it around onto the back side for storage.
This is certainly not the first physical keyboard attachment we’ve seen over the years, though it is a novel concept for Samsung and the first time they’ve ever done something like this for a flagship.
What do you think, anyone interested in picking this one up if and when they purchase a Note 5 or Edge Plus? How much would you be willing to pay for such an accessory?
At Samsung’s big Unpacked event today, the company unveiled two new flagship phones: the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. But, as we’ve learned, only one of them is headed to the UK. The S6 Edge+ — a super-sized version of Samsung’s curved-screen beauty — will be up for preorder on August 18th, before its official launch on September 4th. No pricing information is available just yet, but one way or another, all the major carriers have effectively confirmed they’ll be ranging it, so no great surprises there. What is pretty surprising, though, is Samsung’s decision not to release the new Note 5 over here. In fact, S Pen diehards across Europe will be saddened to hear the Note 5 is only slated to launch in the US and Asia — at least for now, anyway. Samsung told us that it hasn’t ruled out a European release entirely, but it certainly isn’t happening this year. As to the reason? Samsung hasn’t volunteered one yet, but we’ll let you know if/when we manage to track one down.
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Samsung’s business orientated Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet received its Android 5.0.2 update in mid-July after a long wait to much fanfare. Unfortunately, one major feature has been broken during the update process. Non-Samsung Bluetooth keyboards or mouses are not functioning with the tablet anymore. The main keyboard users are complaining about not working is the Logitech Keyboard Pro case but after personally testing generic brand keyboards and mouses, neither the generic or Logitech brands have been able to function properly after the update. Users of Samsung branded hardware are reporting that they are having no issues using the keyboard or mouse.
The devices are able to pair to the Note Pro 12.2, but upon attempting to operate the hardware, it simply does not function. After reaching out to Samsung, we have not heard back, but Logitech did say that they are aware of the issue and are trying to fix the problem. From their end they are saying that it looks like the driver was not included in the recent update pushed out by Samsung which would mean that Samsung would have to release a patch in order to fix this huge error.
Tech forums are rampant with business users and personal users alike who are upset that their $120+ Logitech keyboard no longer functions with their tablet. This is just one of the many complaints that have risen after the update earlier in July. One must wonder how Samsung missed such an important feature which is critical for its business users for their daily use and what type of priority Samsung is giving to correct the problem.
Do you have a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2? If so what type of problems have you experienced since the update? Does your Bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse function? What brand are they? Comment and let us know.
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If you’re a fan of the Galaxy Note Edge and were hoping to pick up this year’s version you may be disappointed according to today’s rumour. While some of us have been looking forward to seeing Samsung launch a dual-edged version of the upcoming Note 5, it seems that the Korean tech giant might not be on the same page.
The rumour says that Samsung doesn’t have any plans to release a Note 5 Edge and that only the standard version of the Note 5 will be announced in September at the IFA in Berlin. It’s widely believed that the Note 5 will carry the following specifications:
- 5.89-Inch display with 2560 x 1440 (2K) resolution
- Exynos 7422 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- UFS 2.0 Flash memory
- 4,100mAh battery
- 7.9mm thin
- Android 5.1.1
- Auto-ejecting S Pen (rumoured)
- USB Type-C (rumoured)
All that is nice and good, really, but what about us folk that held off from buying the Note Edge last year in the hopes that the 2015 version would be better implemented?
It should be said that this is just yet another rumour. It may or may not be correct, and the proverbial pinch of salt should be taken when reading rumours from unnamed sources. There’s still a couple of months to go until the big unveiling. Until then, you can guarantee that this will not be the last rumour we hear about the Note 5. I wouldn’t even bet against it being the only rumour today.
There is another way to look at this: Could Samsung have decided to only release a dual-edged Note 5 and forego the standard version? How’s that for an example of looking for a silver lining.
Finally, a couple of my own worries about the Note 5. With the praise that the Galaxy S6 design received, I wonder if the Note 5 will incorporate design cues from Samsung’s latest Galaxy S flagship. If so, will it also break with tradition by not supporting MicroSD cards and moving to a non-removable battery? Only time will tell. It’s going to be quite a ride until IFA in September, that’s for sure.
Come comment on this article: Rumour says Samsung might skip on releasing an Edge version of the Note 5
Something that sets the Galaxy Note range apart from the Galaxy S series of handsets is the inclusion of the S Pen, Samsung’s take on the stylus. Every time a new Note handset is released, the S Pen receives a whole bunch of new features and functions, and it would seem that the upcoming Note 5 will be no different, with the latest rumour being that the S Pen will sport an Auto Eject ability. This rumour comes about thanks to the publication of a trademark application from Samsung by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The trademark application shows the S Pen Auto Eject feature being made possible by the inclusion of two electromagnets in the S Pen storage slot and a magnet in the S Pen itself. Reversing the polarization of the electromagnets would result in the S Pen being pushed out of the smartphone body. Whether this function will be controlled via an app or vocal command is unknown at this point, although both methods would seem likely.
I’m just speculating here, but it may also be possible to use the electromagnets to auto-insert the S Pen, providing of course that the S Pen has already been partly inserted. As stated though, that’s pure speculation. The S Pen Auto Eject feature may also just be a feature that is currently present in a prototype that won’t make it to the final product.
We are still a couple of months away from the IFA in September where it is believed that the Galaxy Note 5 will be announced, and it would appear that the hype machine is winding up nicely. I’m sure that there’s going to be many more leaks and rumours until the Note 5 is officially announced.
Come comment on this article: Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen is rumoured to feature Auto-eject function