According to some reports, the Galaxy Note 5 is set to debut as soon as next month, which means it might be on the market sooner than later and before September, when Samsung typically refreshes the phone.
We’ve already seen plenty of leaks related to the Galaxy Note 5 and now we’re starting to get a general idea of what to expect, even though we still believe there will be some element of surprise when the phone officially makes its debut.
Let’s take a look at five things we’re expecting from Samsung’s next flagship phablet now.
We’re expecting — maybe hoping is the right word — that Samsung will include the next-generation USB-C port on the Galaxy Note 5. That should quick charging but, perhaps more importantly, deliver much faster data transfers between your smartphone and other devices, like your computer.
No longer will you need to wait forever to load up gigabytes of music, photos and videos onto your phone. It’s also reversible, which should make things easier when you’re trying to plug your phone in in the dark.
2. Samsung’s best processor ever
Rumor has it Samsung is going to stuff its most powerful processor yet into the Galaxy Note 5. Yes, that means a step up from the Exynos 7420 in the Galaxy S6, which is already impressive in its own regard and marked a shift away from Samsung’s employment of Qualcomm chips.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy Note 5 is going to feature a new Exynos 7422 processor that crams a GPU, RAM, and a Shannon LTE modem all into a single system on a chip (SoC). The use of a single solution should, hopefully, improve battery life and performance beyond what we saw on the Galaxy S6.
3. Gear VR support
The Galaxy Note 4 ushered in Samsung’s entrance to virtual reality with the Gear VR. Then it added support for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with a new Gear VR unit this year.
It’s possible Samsung has yet another Gear VR headset for the Galaxy Note 5, one that adds bonus features like its own standalone microUSB port — a feature added in the Galaxy S6 model — but either way it seems pretty likely Gear VR is going to ship with the Galaxy Note 5.
4. A new S Pen
Samsung typically upgrades its S Pen each year in addition to the tasks that one can perform with the S Pen. Leaked cases suggest the Galaxy Note 5 will ship with a new S Pen that can auto-eject itself, perhaps with a specific software or — maybe — through voice command.
Expect increased handwriting accuracy, as that’s usually the case each year, and new functions. Last year we gained the ability to select a section of photos with a quick swipe, for example. This is an area where Samsung has room for surprises, and we’re excited to see what’s in store.
5. A brilliant display
The Galaxy Note family of phones has always provided Samsung with the opportunity to show off its latest screen technology. Last year we got a Quad HD display that eventually trickled down to the Galaxy S6 this year.
Rumors have gone back and forth pointing to either an Ultra HD display or a Quad HD display, and Samsung may have settled with the latter, according to a report from SamMobile. If so, we hope other advancements have been made to the panel, like power savings.
Either way, we don’t think people are going to be disappointed with the screen — how much sharper do we really need our mobile displays?