About a month ago, we published a piece reminding everyone not to get their hearts too set on any given leak or rumor. After all, sometimes even the most notorious of sources can be wrong. For some weeks now, the tech world has been inundated with talk that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will make use of the “auto eject” patent its maker was granted earlier this year. New reports from Korean media, however, suggest otherwise.
According to anonymous sources that spoke with Korean media outlet DDaily, there are three pieces of pertinent news:
1. The Note 5 will employ the same stylus-removal method that has been used in the past 4 models.
2. The Note 5 will have a sealed back and thus a non user-removable battery.
3. The Note 5 will also retain the same design of the S6: glass, sandwiched by an aluminum frame.
Obviously the stylus issue doesn’t stand to affect as many users should it pan out to be true, but there was some excitement in the idea that Samsung would waste no time in making use of its new patent protection.
Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 5 at an unprecedented early date, August 13th, due to pressure from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s offerings. The device was originally expected to be launching in September, a period which is prime PR time for Cupertino’s annual smartphone extravaganza.
The Galaxy Note 5 has also been widely viewed as a highly decisive, polarizing product based on reports it will forgo the user replaceable battery and microSD support in favor of the same design as seen in the Galaxy S6. One claim however, about the the Sprint variant, suggests at least its offering will still include microSD. Indeed we suggested as much; carriers can make Samsung bend to their will.
The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to have a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, an Exynos or Snapdragon SoC (presumably an Exynos 7420 but some reports suggesting a Snapdragon 808), 4GB of RAM, 32/64/128GB on-board storage option, a 16-megapixel rear camera with 3840×2160 resolution video capabilities, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, and Android 5.1.
It is purported to be launching along side of the Galaxy S6 Edge+ Samsung’s clear attempt to counter Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, along with the first circular smartwatch, the Gear A (previously referred to as Project Orbis).