Does The Galaxy Note 5 Prove Samsung's Devices Are Morphing Into iPhones?

Official images and specs for the Galaxy Note 5 have leaked. Android Authority talks about the leak everybody has been waiting for.

"Thanks to a recent post on reddit, not only is the device in-hand and photographed at all angles, even the box makes an appearance."
The leak confirms all the rumored specs, at least according to the box. The Galaxy Note 5 will come with a 64-bit Octa-Core Exynos processor, 4GB RAM, a 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and a 3000mAh battery. The biggest news comes regarding what the Note 5 doesn't have -- a microSD card slot and a removable battery.

The release of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in April saw Samsung's smartphone seemingly morphing into an iPhone 6. Of course, that's not always a bad thing. But the S6 lacked a microSD card slot and a removable battery -- this is what has differentiated Samsung from Apple. Perhaps sales of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge weren't as robust as Samsung had predicted due to the fact that if people want an iPhone, they'll go ahead and buy an iPhone rather than a clone.

Comments after the article on Android Authority displayed disappointment.

"Bye bye samsung. After many years it is the time to say goodbye!" claimed Meir Cohen.

"Yep this was my last hope that Samsung hadn't completely morphed into Apple with them going so far style over substance and essentially making their phones disposable since you have to buy a whole new phone when you're out of memory and so insanely difficult to change the battery most just won't bother and so buy a new phone," replied Alan Parker.

The Twittersphere wasn't exactly lighting up with excitement.

Another disappointment for many is the fact that the Galaxy Note 5 will have the same 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution screen as the Note 4. It's an outstanding resolution for a mobile device, but not good enough to use with the first commercial version of the Gear VR, Samsung's virtual reality headset, which is expected to be announced at the same time as the Note 5. Many users of the developer's edition of the Gear VR have complained about the "screen door effect" produced by the phone sitting in the Gear VR unit so close to the eyes where the user can detect individual pixels. A 4K screen would have improved the issue.

Many insiders consider the Galaxy Note 5 a make-it-or-break-it item for Samsung. Judging from the early response, things don't look good. However, we should all wait until the official unveiling of the Galaxy Note 5 on Thursday before throwing in the towel for Samsung.

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