The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the latest addition in the Galaxy Note Series. The Note 5 got a design makeover and the S-Pen comes with some really cool features that you wished its predecessors had. Galaxy Note 5 price starts from ₹53,900.

Galaxy Note 5 unboxing
Inside the box you will find the Note 5, user guide, warranty card, fast travel charger (9V ~ 1.67A), data cable, premium quality earphone with earphone plug caps, S-Pen tips with remover and SIM tray ejector pin.

Design and Display
When you are holding the Note 5 and if you had a look at the Galaxy S6 Edge plus before, you will find that the design is somewhat the same. Though the S6 Edge Plus is slimmer but the curvy body is almost similar on the Note 5. However there is a big different i.e on S6 Edge Plus the screen (curved screen) is on the curvy side whereas on the Note 5 it is the back panel.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review and unboxing

Note 5 is using a metal frame, build quality and finishing is very good. Weight with battery is 170 grams and dimensions are 76.15 x 153.11 x 7.60mm. The curvy rear side has got a glass layer (scratch resistant), it looks and feels good but could get a bit slippery at times.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 back panel

Power button is on the right side, volume rocker is on the left, SIM tray on the top and audio jack, micro USB port, speaker out vent and S-Pen slot is at the bottom.

The S- Pen got a slight makeover, it comes with click mechanism. Click the flat part and it will eject a little bit then pull out the S-Pen from the S-Pen slot. Since the S-Pen’s flat end is almost in line with the curvy body, if you try inserting the flat end into the S-Pen slot it will go inside and could damage the slot. When putting the Pen back into the slot the tip should enter first.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

This handset sports a 5.7 inch super AMOLED screen supporting Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution. Screen comes with Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Viewing angles, colour reproduction and touch response are great.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 5.7 inch quad HD super AMOLED screen

This is a single SIM handset, you need a nano SIM and there is no micro SD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 nano SIM tray

Native video calling is supported, there is LED notification, dual mics for noise cancellation and this handset comes  loaded with accelerometer, light, proximity, finger print scanner (360 Touch ID based), barometer, gyro, hall and magnetic sensors.

Memory, Storage and OS
The Note 5 is packed with 4GB RAM and optional 32/64GB storage. I got the 32GB version for the review. On the first boot you will get around 23GB free internal storage space and 1.5GB free RAM. OTG is supported.

Performance
This handset houses the Samsung Exynos Octa Core processor 14nm 7420 chipset clocked at 2.1GHz coupled with Mali T-760 GPU. Performance is very smooth, lag free and temperature is well under control. Max battery temperature I encountered was 36 degrees.

Benchmark

Benchmark App Score
Quadrant 34246
Antutu (64 bit) 1st – 67315 , 2nd – 65999
Nenamark 2 59.7fps
Multi touch 10 point

Gaming
The hardware is very powerful and you will not face any issues playing high end games. I tried Asphalt 8 and it played really well (check the video review).

Camera
The Note 5 comes with 16MP primary camera with 4K recording capabilities and 5MP camera on the front with wide selfie option. The camera quality is excellent and it also comes with auto HDR, pro mode and newly added live broadcast and video collage. Check the video review to get an idea about the camera features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 16MP primary camera

The camera can also capture RAW images i.e. it will store uncompressed RAW file (DNG format) and the usual JPG file. But to use RAW mode you need to set the camera to PRO mode.

You can check the sample images / video at the end of this review.

Others
No issues found, sound is loud and clear, in-call sound is also very good. 4G worked, and so did Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. There is built in NFC with pay support.

The best thing to happen on the Note 5 is the ability to use the S-Pen to write on the black screen without having to switch on the screen. Yes, when you want to note down something urgently and the phone is in standby mode, simply remove the S-Pen and start writing on the black screen you can even save it.

The Note 5 also comes with Air Command that can be customized – you can add app of your choice. (check video review to see it in action). Another best thing is that you can write on PDF. Say for example you get a PDF file and you need to sign it and send back, you normally would take a printout, sign, scan and send back. But with the Note 5 you can simple do away with the print / scan, just use the write screen option sign it, save and send.

There is heart rate sensor on the back and like the other premium galaxy smartphones this one also comes with S-Health app that will keep track of your fitness activities, you don’t really need a fitness band.

Battery
The Note 5 houses a 3000 mAh non-removable battery with fast charging capabilities. Battery backup is decent you can expect about 4 to 6 hours of continuous usage (moderate to heavy). The battery can be fully charged in 120 minutes using wireless charger and about 90 minutes using the wall charge. I got a comfortable 1 day+ battery backup with moderate usage (Wi-Fi / 4G on).

Performance Time Battery drop % Battery Max Temp
Benchmark 13 Minutes 5% 34 degree
Gaming (Asphalt 8) 22 Minutes 7% 35 degree
4K movie play with full brightness + Wi-Fi on 25 minutes 7% 35 degree
Wall Charge (on standby) 1 hour 13 minutes 21% to 100% 34 degree

Verdict
A powerful and elegant looking smartphone with lots of exciting and useful features. Overall it is an excellent package, unique and does come for a price.

If you can afford it, go for it, if you cannot, you wished you could!

Rating [4.5 out of 5] – cannot use decimals in the rating box below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (in Gold, Black and Silver colour options) is priced at ₹53,900 for the 32GB version and ₹59,900 for the 64GB version.

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Rear Camera Sample


Front Camera sample

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Galaxy Note 5 video review

Published by Gogi Rana

Founder and Chief Editor - gogi.in

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  1. Hello gogi sir, thanks for the excellent reviews. I would like to know is there any other low budget mobile which has similar camera matching this note 5 camera.?? if yes, please tell me.

  2. All what is said is right. What r the missing things in Note 5 which were there in s4 and note 3? It doesn’t have temperature sensor.

      1. Note to hato sevi likh sakta hai vaiya .but ..activa3g ka speed .glxy noe 5 se bohot syada hai .or milege vi acha hai ..or long lasting vi ..(10 yrs chala sakta hai) .but galaxy note 5 .ha ha …
        Or phone karne bali baat ..oto purane hai na.note vi likh sakta hu or call vi kar sakta hu . ..chala lunga ..but .is price pai zaha par half lack ka sabal ho to esob dekhte huye ..activa 3g kharid na faide honge .or 3 sal ka warranty vi hai isme ..but .samsung ka 1yr warranty …
        .??.
        Agle sal .galaxy note 6 .launch hone bala hai ..price 70k ho sakta hai .to us sal ..koi achi si bike kharidna, zada fayide honge ..??.
        But ..apko ..esob vulkar ..note 5 kharid na chahiye ..ap usme note likh sakte ho or call vi kar sakte ho …??

      2. kaan pe lagane k liye 4000 me phone aur 50000 me bike.. its simple yr.. why u r confusing him to take his active to his ear..

  3. All reputed brands launch phones for Rs.60k which is a very huge amount itself. Its worthless to spend your hard earned money on a small device. We have many powerful phones available at low cost today. Off course those who have money and are brand conscious or fanboys will buy these 😀

  4. Gogi bro single sim & no memory card both are very big disappointment, after spending 55k if u r not getting dual sim & micro SD card slot, other features are not worth….agree that it have some very cool features but Samsung must must include dual sim & micro SD card slot…..

    1. I have s6. cam is awesome. when compare it to 5s Samsung does Lil over saturate white color. color reproduction is excellent on 5s but at night time s6 brings more light. s6 is better than 5s.

    1. Yes, there is some reserved for cache and not to forget the S-Pen takes some good amount of memory space including for it its screen off note taking feature. But in general the performance is smooth and I did not feel it lagging any bit.

        1. I did not find any such issue. I tried with Asphalt 8 game I was able to switch to work with other app and was able to continue playing.

          1. Games won’t restart while multitasking but check with the browser like chrome.
            With 4gb of ram it shouldn’t restart.
            But if it restarts there is some memory management issue.

          2. The asphalt used to restart when I had tested on older devices with 1GB RAM, but no issues on Note 5 or a matter of fact on devices that come packed with more RAM.

            I also checked with Chrome, it worked fine, no issues loaded my site, switched to another app came back and can still see the same page on browser. There is no such memory issue I have found. You might face issues if you are using very heavy apps that are taking a lot of memory space, in that case the apps will restart instead of continuing from where you left. But that will happen in extreme case if you are running really memory hungry apps.

          3. Dear Gogi Bro,

            Need your advice

            My note 3 has cracked in the frame and Samsung center informed that i can replace it with new screen costing 8500. Its one year old and currently i can sell it only for 14k as of now. Even if i invest 8K on screen and sell it later, it would be loss for me.
            Also i am unable to remove unwanted apps whihc are preinstalled in Note 3. I tried few video tutorials and downloaded some apps for removing pre apps, but nothing has helped.
            I need your help on the below,

            1. With my broken frame, dealer is offerring me at 10k. I want your advice on what best phone i can buy at 10k. I prefer phone with minimum 2 GB & 16GB rom.
            2. Any app u can suggest which i can use it to root my note 3 and remove unwanted preinstalled apps, whhihc is eating my Note 3 2GB memory.

            3. If successful i will spend 8k on screen replacement and use it for further year.

            Thanks in advance.