Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines Price and Release Date, Complete Specs, Key New Features

Looking like a larger version of the Korean tech giant's early 2015 flagship smartphone Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - which has just been launched via an exclusive media event in New York City - officially supersedes last year's top-of-the-line stylus-totting phablet, Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines

Seeing the device's actual photos and studying its list of technical specifications for the first time, TP Friend Rainiel Llauderes from Cebu City, Philippines told me on Facebook, "[Sir Mark, SGNote5 represents a clear upgrade in terms of looks but a downgrade when it comes to specs.]"

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines

For the most part, I agree. The phablet's glass-aluminum-glass sandwich construction is - for me - clearly superior compared to the metal and 'faux leather' polycarbonate enclosure of the 2014 model. This year's release looks more opulent, more svelte, more beautiful.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines
Samsung Galaxy Note5's S Pen stylus even has a new spring-loaded mechanism for ejecting it, which previous Note models don't have.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines
I want to give credit to the good folks at Android Authority for all the images in this post.

I want to note, however, that this is the first time that Samsung designed its flagship phablet as simply a larger version of its smartphone counterpart from the same year (that is, without noticeable variance in design elements apart from size). If you remember, the first generation Note looked rounder compared to the Samsung Galaxy S2 while the Note3 had a faux leather finish which was absent on the glossy Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines

When it comes to hardware, well, there are a handful of specifications that are obviously the same as what you'll find on its predecessor. For instance, the two have the same 5.7 inch Quad HD SuperAMOLED display, same 4K video recorder, and 16 MegaPixel main camera -- although, they say there's that chance that you'll get Note5 unit that has an ISOCELL imaging sensor, which superior to what's on the Note4.

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To be fair, the 2015 release's front-facing camera is now 5 MegaPixels, which is an upgrade to the 3.7 MP cam on the previous model. So you can say that with Note5, you can definitely snap clearer and more crisp selfies.

So why does one of my readers feel that the Samsung Galaxy Note5 represents a specs-downgrade? I guess it's because the 2015 release lacks a microSD card expansion slot as well as a removable battery pack, which Note4 has. It also doesn't help that Note5's battery was made even smaller at 3,000 mAh, which baffles Samsung fans considering how much power the phone's 5.7-inch Quad HD display - alone - requires.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines

Nonetheless, apart from its gorgeous construction, Samsung's new smartphone-tablet hybrid has a number of redeeming qualities -- especially when it comes to the software accompanying the S-Pen stylus.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines
On top of the redesigned Air Command menu - which automatically pops up when you eject the stylus with one satisfying hardware click - you now get this Screen-Off Memo that lets you take notes on the phone's display from sleep, without having to turn it on.

Samsung Galaxy Note5 Philippines

At its heart, SGNote5 runs its TouchWiz-skinned Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system with a 64-Bit Octa Core Exynos 7420 chipset (just like what powers both Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge), has 4GB of RAM for seamless multitasking, and offers an option of either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. As for connectivity, the device supports WiFi AC, Bluetooth 4.2, 3G HSPA+, and 4G LTE Cat9 with speeds of up to a whopping 450Mbps (which is not yet available in the Philippines.)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is slated for global release within this month, August 2015. Since the first Galaxy smartphone, the Philippines has always been one of the first countries in the world to receive flagship models from the Korean Giant so there's reason to believe that Note5 will be made available in our country via Smart Postpaid and authorized retailers a few days from now. As for its official SRP, Samsung has yet to make an official announcement but insiders are reporting that it should cost around $800 to $850 USD or roughly Php 39,500, which is also my local price guesstimate for this 2015 flagship.

Update: Samsung Mobile Philippines has just announced the official suggested retail price of the Samsung Galaxy Note5 in the Philippines and it's Php 36,990 for the 32GB model -- or just about the same price as Note4 during its launch in the country last year. Our country is also getting the Dual SIM version of the phablet with the secondary SIM slot doubling as a microSD card expansion slot. Thumbs up, Samsung!

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
Weight 171 grams
Available Colors Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with TouchWiz UI
Display 5.7 inches (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio), 1440 x 2560 pixels Quad HD (~518 ppi pixel density), SuperAMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Gorilla Glass 4
Processor Octa Core = Quad Core 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + Quad Core 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A57, Mali-T760MP8 GPU, Exynos 7420 chipset
Internal Storage 32/64 GB options, expandable via Hybrid SIM slot doubling as microSD card expansion slot
Camera Main: 16 MegaPixels, 5312 x 2988 pixels, Optical Image Stabilization, Autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6" Sony IMX240 Exmor RS or Samsung S5K2P2 ISOCELL, 1.12μm, f/1.9, PDAF, OIS, automatic HDR, object tracking autofocus, LED flash
Front: 5 MP, f/1.9
Video Capture Main: 4K 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, Optical stabilization, Dual Video Recording, Full HD for front camera (TBC)
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, USB-OTG support, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE, 3G HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps/ LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS, Beidou, and A-GPS
FM Radio Yes
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Digital Compass, Barometer, Heart Rate, SpO2
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 (TBC)
SIM Card Type Dual nanoSIM = nano + Hybrid SIM slot (doubling as microSD card expansion slot)
Battery Non-removable 3,000 mAh Li-Po battery
Uptime ~ 336 Hours of Standby, 21 Hours of Talk Time (TBC)
Value-Added Features Glass-Metal-Glass construction, TouchWiz, Samsung Apps, S-Pen Support, Fingerprint Scanner (Non-Swipe, One Touch), Multi-Window, Fast Charging
Announcement August 14, 2015
Availability August 2015
Price Price Starts at around $850 USD
TP Guesstimate: Philippines - Php 39,000 to Php 40,000
Official SRP: Php 36,990 for the 32GB model