Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Specifications Review

October 12, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is currently one of the best (if not the best) Android Phablet that is available on the Kenyan market.

The Galaxy Note 5 launched a couple of weeks ago and is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

If you are all about its price, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 84,999.

If you, however, wish to make a more informed purchasing decision, here is what the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has to offer to you.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Technical Specifications


Display Size: 5.7 inches

Display Type: Super AMOLED capacitive

Screen Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 518 ppi

Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features of a 5.7-inch Super Amoled display, and this is exactly what you will get on its predecessor the, Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

In addition to this, you get a super impressive 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution with the Galaxy Note 5. A 2K resolution is obviously the highlight of the smartphone and it being on such a gargantuan display gives the Galaxy Note 5 an edge over its competitors.

A 2K resolution is a very big deal considering that very few flagship smartphones feature that kind of resolution and the Galaxy Note 5 being sort of display-centric makes the smartphone the best in the game. Other than that, you get a massive 518 ppi screen resolution density and a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 layer to keep the scratches at bay.


Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight: 171g

2015 was different for Samsung. The South Korean Tech Giant finally resolved to switch from polycarbonate construction to metal and glass for its smartphones.

The use of an all-metallic chassis for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gives the smartphone an exquisite look and this makes the smartphone completely different from its older sibling, the Galaxy Note 4.

The Galaxy Note 5 looks and feels expensive, something that appeals to high-end smartphone buyers.

It is worthwhile to mention that, there has been some tales of Galaxy Note 5 users ruining their smartphones if the Stylus was inserted backwards.


Operating System: Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)

CPU: Octa-core 2.1 GHz Cortex (Exynos 7420)


Internal Memory: 32/64 GB

Micro SD: None

The performance profile of the Galaxy Note Range is among the factors that makes the series a favorite to business professionals.

You get an Octa-core 2.1 GHz Cortex (Exynos 7420) CPU coupled with some 4GB of RAM. This is a fantastic set up that easily makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 the most powerful smartphone with a Samsung Logo on it.

Other than that, you get 32/64GB for your files. Unfortunately, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 5 lacks a memory card slot.

There are a number of reasons why the Galaxy Note 5 lacks a Micro SD slot and some consider this a deal breaker for those who store high quality multimedia content on their smartphones.


Rear Camera: 16 MP

Secondary Camera: 5 MP

LED Flash: Yes

You get a 16 MP rear camera for general photography and a 5 MP snapper for your selfies. Samsung as usual, spoils Galaxy Note 5 users with exclusive camera features that makes the smartphone super awesome.

Some of the highlighted Samsung Galaxy Note 5 camera features include real time broadcasting to YouTube and shooting 4K ultra-HD video.

What is interesting, however, is that 4K UHD Video can range to up to 750MB per minute and thus with limited internal memory, this basically means, you can’t really enjoy the power of the camera.

Battery and Extras

Battery Capacity: Li-Po 3000 mAh

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a Li-Po 3000 mAh battery to keep the lights on.


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For quite some time, Smartphones from the Galaxy Note Range had the Apex Predator Tag i.e. they lacked any form of serious competition. Well, that changed when Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 Plus.

Samsung had to make a truly high-end smartphone, and the Galaxy Note 5 simply sets the standard for what should be considered a high-end Android smartphone.

Why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Impressive 2K display

Excellent Performance Profile

Premium Designs

Great Camera Specifications

Cons of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Lacks a Micro-SD slot

Lacks Removable Battery

Rivals of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Rivals of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes iPhone 6s Plus and Huawei Mate S

Price in Kenya

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a suggested retail price of Ksh. 84,999.

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)