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The first half of the year comes to an end and with the first half of the year’s flagships on the market, the industry turns its attention towards the second half of the year, where devices from most manufacturers will do battle with Apple’s new devices.

Arguably the biggest device of H2 will be the new aa Note and as we approach the summer months, the rumor mill begins to reveal what we can expect from Samsung’s next flagship phablet. According to a new report, which cites Samsung employees talking on Chinese social network Weibo, the Galaxy Note 5 will have a USB 3.1 Type-C connector and if this is true, the Galaxy Note 5 could be one of the best devices of the year.

Here’s what USB Type-C can do:

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It’s interesting that Samsung is considering USB Type-C, especially when rival OEM Sony has ruled out using it in its smartphones. If the Galaxy Note 5 does have a large enough battery, the ability to use it to charge a smartphone will certainly be of use if you carry more than one phone.

Samsung will also reportedly pair USB Type-C with USB Power Delivery v2.0, which can deliver up to 100W power and should mean the new tech will charge your handset a whole lot faster. USB Type-C will also mean you can transmit data to a 4K display in full native resolution.

Samsung will also reportedly not use an Ultra HD display as hoped but will instead use Quad HD resolution in the Galaxy Note 5. The biggest surprise here is that the display is increasing in size to 5.89 inches – probably because the Galaxy S6 Plus may have the 5.5 inch screen the Note 5 was meant to have – and this will mean it has a lower density than the Galaxy Note 4.

Galaxy Note 5 image from Tencent

Galaxy Note 5 image from Tencent

The increased screen size will have one benefit however and that is the battery; it’s unknown whether Samsung is going to keep the non-removable battery from the Galaxy S6 or go with a removable battery like it has done in the past but the battery capacity is quoted as being 4100mAh, which is certainly impressive. This will be packed into a body that’s just 7.9mm thick and like past Note devices, the S-Pen will come embedded in the handset.

Another interesting point is that there won’t be two versions of the Galaxy Note this year. Last year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Note Edge but this year there will only be one variant; the Galaxy Note 5. Does this mean the handset will come with an Edge screen like the Note Edge or a dual-edge screen like the Galaxy S6 Edge? Or will Samsung forego the Edge screen on its latest phablet? A previous rumor suggested we’d see two variants of the Galaxy Note 5, with the Edge variant being a lower specced model so we don’t quite know what to expect here.

There’s still a few months until the launch at IFA 2015 and with plenty of time for rumors and leaks, there’s a lot more information still to come!

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