Ironically, the fifth generation of “giant” size series devices Galaxy Note finally stopped plunged into shock and cutting hearing the word “smart set” or worse, “bowl” unrestrainedly drowning in the river of time. New Note5 prettier and more productive than its predecessor. But is it really all that we decided to surprise the company Samsung?
Samsung Galaxy Note5
Nominally in Note5 screen the same as it was set to Note 4 – with a diagonal of 5.7 inches and a delightfully high-resolution Quad HD (2560 × 1440 pixels). The density of the pixels, respectively, remained at a very high level – 515.3 pixels per inch. Agree 400 dpi – that’s great, but above the five hundred – all wonderful and more, probably not necessary. Seriously, increase it, there is absolutely no need – the picture on the screen Note5 looks very smoothly, individual points will see only with a magnifying glass. Captions icon and generally any small text looks sharp, read from the screen of the smartphone is very nice. Multimedia content, of course, also looks great.
The screen is traditional for Samsung, made by technology AMOLED. This automatically implies the ideal depth of black and slightly oversaturated colors. The viewing angles of the display is very wide – it can be viewed from any angle, the information on it remains readable. On Note5 quite comfortable to watch movies and pictures together. The display is quite sensitive – gadget very quickly and accurately responds to touch, the device feels pressed to lose gloves. The total unit supports up to ten touches and hassle defines gestures.
Correctly measure the brightness at the AMOLED-display – not an easy task, prevented can not be disabled automatically adjusts brightness depending on the type of the displayed image. Therefore, we measured the luminance of the white area in the image, half-flooded white and half black, – it has 458 cd / m2. For AMOLED-display is very high, the biggest in recent memory.
The screen Galaxy Note5 really bright – twisting the slider to the maximum level of illumination in most cases there is no need. The display here with a polarizing filter – it fades in the sun is not very strong. Moreover the air gap between the die and the glass faceplate not, which also has a positive effect on the number of unwanted reflections. It is noteworthy that in the dark the display very carefully on the eyes: the minimum luminance of the white area – only 7 cd / m2. Of course, the gadget is equipped with a light sensor, through which he is able to self-adjust and comfortable to work in these conditions, the level of brightness. It works correctly in accordance with the ambient light. The contrast of the display, as befits AMOLED-display, conditionally “infinite” – the luminosity of the black field goes to zero, even at maximum brightness. This happens because the black pixels in arrays of this type simply do not light up. Accordingly, black always looks very rich.
As is usually the case with Samsung, in Note5 provided multiple profiles for the screen, the user can adjust the color reproduction on your taste. They are the standard, the same as in other devices of the company: the principal (in this mode, we conducted all the tests of the screen), “Photo AMOLED» (a little more saturated colors), “The film AMOLED» (very saturated colors) and a special adaptive mode automatically adjusts the color saturation, depending on the type of content displayed on the screen. This mode is not compatible with third-party applications.
The color temperature of the display grayscale set great – all shades of gray and white it is very close to the reference value of 6,500 K. This means that the colors on the screen look realistic, not “cold” or “warm” air raids.
Samsung Galaxy Note5 – gray gamma curve (the left side), blue, green and red (right) compared to the reference curve (designated in the graphs yellow).
Yes, the screen color reproduction at all Note5 definitely in order. All gamma curves – and gray colors, and color components – coincide with the reference curve. From this, we can conclude that all halftone bright as much as them and conceived by the author, without Peresvetov or failures in the shadows. In general, the display of Note5 very good – bright, contrasting beautifully with the “correct” colors.
The good company Samsung, it’s the fact that when its engineers have come up with some “Celler-You”, whether curved or display the same stylus, they do an incredible amount of different software options that justify the existence of this “features.”
Perot device is still used for one purpose – it allows you to record something without using the virtual keyboard. Now it can be done really fast: the opportunity to take notes, even on a locked screen – it is enough just to remove the S Pen and start writing. Very convenient, I must say.
When the user removes the pen, the screen displays the appropriate symbol – a label ‘shortcut commands. ” It can be dragged around the display so that it do not obstruct the necessary information. It is noteworthy that a finger click on it will not work – only a stylus. Also, you can call it simply by pressing a hardware button on the S Pen. This menu contains all the things that might be useful for the pen: it can be used to create a new note, take a snapshot of the entire screen or part of it, and set up quick access to your favorite applications. Option “Active notes” allows you to make any entry, exit to the smartphone and then quickly return to it with a small temporary labels, which can also be moved around the desktop space. It will disappear when the user saves the note.
It has not disappeared, and previously available possibilities S Pen. For example, you can use the pen to perform handwriting, view descriptions of events in the calendar, the contents of the album in the gallery, and more.
Perhaps the most commendable in all this is that the user can customize virtually every aspect of interaction with the S Pen stylus for themselves. Whether or not the icon ‘contextual commands “on the desktop or not, whether to allow the notes on the screen is locked, you need feedback through sound or vibration, and so on – you can customize everything. And, of course, the smartphone is able to prevent that user forgets S Pen on the desk, or anywhere else.
Perhaps some readers may think that the S Pen – this is an unnecessary option, invented to somehow highlight Note5 among other Android smartphone. In principle, no pen is possible to do, but the work is implemented with the S Pen is so smart, that it really wants to use the pen. They are very easy to flip through desktops, “tapa” of applications, typing on the virtual keyboard, just draw. In general, we liked the welcome!
After the announcement Note5, the Net have written that when you insert the S Pen slot in the opposite direction – it will break. I do not know who came up with the idea of deliberately breaking the device, but just in case cautioned, do not try to do it again, do not sit on the cold, do not put your fingers in the socket, do not talk to strangers.
«Iron» and performance
We have said that from the standpoint of technical stuffing Galaxy Note5 a full copy of the S6 Edge +. And it is in some sense good. The fact that the S6 Edge + – this is one of the most technically advanced smartphone to date. It installed the most modern of proprietary systems-on-chip – Samsung Exynos, he had a large amount of fast LPDDR4-memory, powerful graphics controller. Yes, “iron» S6 Edge + we did not want to swear at all. That is why we do not see anything wrong with that Samsung decided to transfer all the technical stuffing of the smartphone Note5. In the end, better yet on the market (ok, ok, we market about the Android smartphone) still nothing.
So, Galaxy Note5 operates on a platform Samsung Exynos 7420 – on the very same, which built S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge +. It consists of four energy-saving core ARM Cortex-A53, running at 1.5 GHz, and four ARM Cortex-A57 operates at a frequency of 2.1 GHz. It is the latter and provide outstanding performance – it is the most powerful in the range of core ARM. Enables a modern set of instructions ARMv8, there is support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing. Another trump card of this system-on-chip is that it is made of very thin (and hence the most energy-efficient) at the moment the 14-nanometer process technology. RAM Note5 – four gigabytes.
The only flaw in the whole technical stuffing S6 Edge + / Note5 is impossible to establish both the devices memory card. Because of this, fans watching a movie on your phone or store a large collection of photographs have to pay for the higher amount of internal storage – currently available 32- and 64-GB version. You will see whether the light version with built-in 128 GB of flash memory, is unknown.
As the graphics controller module is used ARM Mali-T760 MP8, clocked at 772 MHz. Teamed with an army of eight cores, he quickly draws pictures for the “voracious” Quad HD-screen – the image is updated quickly, but very slowly, without any hint of jerkiness image.
In this case the charts with the results of “benchmarks” can be considered saying they demonstrate that the Samsung Galaxy Note5, as well as S6 Edge +, is one of the fastest and most powerful smartphone among all who have ever appeared in our lab . Gadget confidently copes with any tasks that only you can put in front of the smartphone: surfing the web, watching videos Full HD-reading electronic documents, resource-intensive games – Note5 for all. Still, nearly seventy thousand points in AnTuTu Benchmark 5 – it is very, very seriously.
The Galaxy Note 5 You can set only one SIM-card. Sims format used Nano-SIM. Talk on the smartphone is quite convenient – at a decent dynamics of the stock volume, and the bad sides audibility not complain. The device provides for a system of active noise control, implemented by means of two microphones located in the upper and lower ends of the body. The network connection device keeps very confident and does not lose it for no apparent reason. The device supports LTE Cat. 9 and, in theory, it is able to receive data via mobile networks at speeds up to 450 Mbit / s. Why had theory? Because for this purpose on the cell has towers operators must have the appropriate equipment that allows you to combine these three strips into one, but it is not none of the Russian cellular operators – we even Cat. 6 limping on both legs. But somewhere abroad Note5 owners have the opportunity to really enjoy the fastest mobile internet – a list of supported channels from the device rather wide.
The set of supported wireless interface standard: Bluetooth 4.2 with ANT + for lovers of wearable fitness electronics, dual-frequency Wi-Fi, and NFC. The infrared port on the device, as well as, incidentally, in S6 Edge +, somehow not. Sorry, – for the flagship model is a relevant attribute, emphasizing its high cost.
The device has a very peppy navigation module with which the machine quickly enough landmark and thanks to which it is convenient to use as a car navigator. After a matter of seconds after the start of the test profile gadget, I found a total of 23 three satellite navigation systems (GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou) and defined its place position 16-20 of them. Radius navigation error, in this case, was quite moderate – in the range of eight to twelve meters. In general, Note5 certainly will not get lost.
Resolution front camera the new Note has increased from 3.7 to 5 megapixel. It removes it very well even under artificial light. You can use it to do good self-portraits and video chat comfortably. It does not have autofocus, but there was an option to do self with the help of hand gestures – like we saw a year ago in LG G3. There is also the possibility to retouch photos in real-time (ie, the user sees the result of retouching images before saving).
The main camera in the smartphone has not changed since Galaxy Note 4. Use the 16-megapixel sensor feedback backlight Sony IMX240 (size 1 / 2.6 inches, pixel size 1,2 μm). The camera has autofocus, optical image stabilization system, and a single LED flash. By the way, this sensor is installed in all smartphones family S6.
It removes the main camera of the smartphone, without exaggeration, is remarkable. In daylight, the photos are very detailed, uniform sharpness across the field. The color rendition from the main camera Note5 realistic – Automatic selects correct shooting parameters to climb into the “manual” mode is not the slightest need. The images are completely saturated and contrast. It is noteworthy that in the dark, the camera allows you to get good shots – Auto Focus is behaving quite correctly, even when the shooting conditions deteriorating, and clever software algorithms or by crook trying to pull the “gaps” in the shadows. The output is quite decent photos. The power of the main chamber Note5 is in good-quality post-processing algorithms shots. Look at the test photos – and all will become clear without words; we made them specifically in low light.
Of course, in the application “camera” provides a wide variety of software options: shooting panoramas, slowing down or speeding video, selective focus, and others. It is noteworthy that the user can absolutely free download additional “chips” for the camera in a special virtual store. In addition, the main camera Note5 can record video formats and 4K Quad HD.
Moreover, the battery is not removable from the Galaxy Note5, so more and the capacity is decreased compared with Note 4 – with 12.23 Wh (3220 mAh, 3.8 V) to 11.4 Wh (3000 mA · h, 3.8 V). Apparently, these are the sacrifices that had to go for the sake of reducing the thickness of the body. However, do not rush upset – then it should be recalled that Note5 operates at a very advanced platform, made of energy-efficient 14 nm process. Probably due to this Note5 without problems working day without recharging. During the tests, being the main and only smartphone from the author, the gadget is always run to the house, with a stock of at least 15% battery power – and this on the condition that the author of these lines returns home after midnight. If you use the gadget is not so active, you can try to stretch battery life and a half to two days. Charging the device from the Micro-USB, a full charge cycle takes about two hours. It is noteworthy that in Note5 there is support for a “fast” charge – for half an hour at the outlet can make up for the battery unit by 35-40%. Of course, the device has support for wireless charging with special stations.
With continuous playback of HD-video at the maximum brightness of the screen, with the active 4G / Wi-Fi-connections and updating of data gadget lasted more than seven and a half hours. The result is very decent. Given that watch movies on Note5 at 100% level of illumination is not too comfortable (the display is very bright), you can safely lower the brightness and to get all the impressive performance of autonomy.
Traditionally for Samsung in the smartphone software provides two power saving modes: normal and extreme. In the first limited maximum CPU performance, reduces screen brightness, the backlight turns off the touch keys at the bottom of the front panel and a vibrate mode. We tested the gadget without using this option. When activated, extreme energy-saving Note5 converted into ordinary phones with SMS, phonebook, and access to the Internet, and the interface becomes black and white. In this mode, the battery life increases very noticeable as the screen gets a lot of black, and black pixels in the AMOLED-display is not backlit.
Despite all the advantages, many of which have Note5, this gadget has not made us very deep impression. Samsung Galaxy Note5 – this is a great smartphone, it is very fast, good-looking, multi-functional. So why he did not crush our souls? It’s very simple: almost all of it (and even more so) we’ve seen in the Galaxy S6 Edge +. The curved on both sides of the display impressed us, though much stronger than the stylus S Pen.
In addition, at the start of sales for Note5 asked to sixty thousand rubles. That’s a lot – Galaxy S6 Edge + is already possible to buy cheaper, simply because it went on sale earlier. Various online retailers sell it for an average of fifty thousand rubles. So these two new products, we definitely choose the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +. But without a doubt, and there are users who are not curved screen liked, but the pen seems a useful addition.
Advantages Samsung Galaxy Note5:
- wonderful Quad HD-display;
- very high level of performance;
- opportunities to work with a pen S Pen;
- excellent set of front and 5-megapixel main 16-megapixel camera;
- support LTE Cat. 9, Bluetooth 4.2 with ANT +; quick navigation module;
- decent battery life indicators;
- cute metal case.
Disadvantages Samsung Galaxy Note5:
- very high cost at the start of sales;
- no slot for memory cards;
- there is no possibility to work with two SIM;
- no infrared port.
In general, it does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand that Samsung is now in a rather interesting position. When the first 5.3-inch Galaxy Note – it was a real provocation! It was a niche smartphone, for which the South Korean company opened over joked (I think it was then that came into use the word “spade”). But it took some four years and virtually all flagship smartphones, including the, have become as large as the Note.
It turns out that the Galaxy Note has lost its main features to existing in the model number of the company to another device. Rusty line Note, especially on longer – six-inch or larger smartphones using one hand, is not very convenient. In general, we think that Note5 may be the last member of this family.