June 12, 2015
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 May Not Be An iPhone 7 Plus Killer

More alleged details keep leaking about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5. BGR discussed Samsung's upcoming phablet on Thursday. The website uses other sources in reporting that the device will only come with a 5.9-inch 2K Super AMOLED display. This is a major disappointment for those who thought the device would come with a 4K display.

Even though a 2K screen is more than enough for a smartphone, it's not enough when used with the Gear VR virtual reality headset. Many users of the Gear VR with the Note 4 (or even the Galaxy S6) claim that the 2K resolution produces a "screen door effect," where viewers feel as if they are looking at content behind a screen door. The first commercial version of the Gear VR will be available for the Galaxy Note 5, and the same screen resolution as the previous Galaxy Note would be a disappointment.

However, there are some features that may be exciting on the Galaxy Note 5. Phone Arena discusses one feature that will please a lot of people.

"The latest on the Galaxy Note 5 infers that Samsung will be going with the trendiest USB Type-C for the handset, thus futureproofing the handset for the next year, when the current side-conscious USB connector will be gradually phased out for the side-agnostic one."

The site also claims that the Galaxy Note 5 will come with a 4100mAh battery as well with a more powerful chipset. The Galaxy Note 5 is allegedly set to be released in September to compete with the iPhone 7 Plus (possibly called the iPhone 6s Plus).

We don't know much about Apple's upcoming phablet, but Business Insider claims a recent software update gives a hint on what we can expect from the device's front-facing camera.

"Sood spotted some code that hints a few new features could be coming to the iPhone's front-facing camera, including the ability to capture 1080p video, shoot in 240-frames-per-second slow motion, capture panoramic images, and a new flash."

Several sites say that the rear camera will take "DSLR-like" pictures and 4K videos, something Samsung has had on its smartphones the past two years. The screen on the current iPhone 6 Plus, which is currently 1080p, may be upgraded to a higher resolution, but we don't know if it will be Quad HD or 4K Ultra HD. Most sources agree that the new iPhone will have at least 2GB of RAM. Which phablet are you more excited about -- the Galaxy Note 5 or the iPhone 7 Plus?

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