Samsung Galaxy Note 5: The World’s First 4K Smartphone?

Rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are hitting the internet, and Samsung looks like it is going to make the ultimate phablet. The Galaxy Note 4 is already a big hit, but perhaps not as big as Samsung had hoped for. Still, it received excellent reviews. Engadget, who gave the Galaxy Note 4 an almost perfect rating, summarized its appeal.

“The Galaxy Note 4 is the best large phone on the market. It’s a device you’ll be proud to whip out in public, thanks to its elegant design, robust build, beautiful screen, impressive battery life and solid camera. It also excels from a productivity standpoint, offering seamless multitasking and stylus functionality that’s as smooth as I’ve ever seen on a smartphone.”

In its four-and-a-half star review, CNET notes the Galaxy Note 4 has a brilliant high-resolution screen and the device takes excellent outdoor shots with its 16MP camera. They also loved the use of the stylus and how well it interacted with the screen.

Speaking of the Galaxy Note 4, it has a Quad-HD screen (1440 x 2560 pixel resolution). While that looks amazing to the naked eye on a smartphone, it looks quite pixelated when used with Samung’s Gear VR virtual reality headset. Many had hoped Samsung would add some extra pixels on the Galaxy Note 5. According to Know Your Mobile, the Galaxy Note 5 screen will be literally out of this world.

“The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will reportedly be the world’s first 4K phone. Early rumours suggest Samsung is very keen to be first out the blocks with a 4K smartphone, and with the Note’s expansive proportions it is sure to be an excellent posterboy for the insane resolution. There are of course plenty of concerns about 4K displays in mobile phones, most of which to do with its affect on battery performance, but, hey, it’s 4K.”

Know Your Mobile also believes Samsung will have a new type of memory chip, EPOP. This new kind of memory chip combines 3GB LPDDR3 DRAM with 32GB of internal memory. It will be interesting to see if the final Galaxy Note 5 also has units with 64GB and 128GB internal memory like the upcoming Galaxy S6.

Some sites are also speculating that the Galaxy Note 5 will have a 21MP camera. The current 16GB camera on the Galaxy Note 4 is already outstanding, so it will be interesting to see how Samsung tops that. The Galaxy Note 5 will likely be released (or at least announced) in September this year.

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