With the Galaxy Note 5 announcement mere hours away, we're feeling pretty confident we've already seen most of what there is to see. We're sure Samsung will have a few surprises up its sleeve, but we can already tell, based on the countless leaks, that the Galaxy Note 5 will be the phone to have in the last half of 2015. Here are the top five reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 5.
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1. Android M release
The Galaxy Note 5 won't launch with the Android M release, which is scheduled sometime around October, but it will be one of the first devices to get the update.
With Google's new yearly strategy for major Android updates, the Galaxy Note 5 will be first in line to get Android M from Samsung and at the front of the pack for the Android N release late next year.
2. Best camera on Android
Samsung has proven itself time and again when it comes to packing its hardware with the best camera technology around. The Galaxy S6 surpassed the iPhone at the start of the year and we have no doubt the Galaxy Note 5 will up the ante once again.
We don't yet know if there will be any new camera features on board, but we're sure the Galaxy Note 5 camera will come with Optical Image Stabilization and some rock solid preset modes and video capabilities. Smartphone imaging is about to enter the next level and, based on past experience, the Note 5 is sure to be the device to take us there.
3. Samsung's new approach to updates
In the wake of the Stagefright security scare, Samsung really stepped up to the plate and rapidly issued the fix for its flagship devices along with an assurance that older models would be patched in due course.
Samsung was also the first to announce monthly security updates for its devices, to ensure this kind of security breakdown is patched as quickly as possible in future. We're not saying that this means Samsung will look to provide more timely software updates for Android versions generally, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.
4. Rock solid specs
The Galaxy Note 5, as far as we know from the countless leaks, will be rocking Samsung's own Exynos 7420 CPU – the same processor used in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Many fans were no doubt hoping for the Exynos 7422 but at least we know what the Exynos 7420 can do.
Considering the numerous issues the Snapdragon 810 has caused this year, we're happy to know Samsung would prefer to stick with a solid chip than to release one that may not be ready for prime time just yet. Back that powerful chip up with 4 GB of RAM and you're looking at a serious powerhouse that we know will be reliable.
5. The mighty S Pen
Who could forget the mighty S Pen? There's no denying that Samsung knows its way around a stylus, having invented the over-sized phone market with the original Note and having steadily improved its excellent S Pen features ever since.
The S Pen and Air Command menu are intuitive, increasingly responsive and Samsung is consistently adding new features and refining existing ones. There is no Note without the S Pen and we're sure the S Pen on the Note 5 will be the best it has ever been.
What are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5? Will you be buying one?