Earlier this year, Samsung released the Galaxy S6 duo, which was greatly admired by the consumers, due to the total overhaul in terms of design.
As of yet, we have been reported that Samsung has officially confirmed the release of the new Galaxy Note 5 – which is the heir to the proclaimed Galaxy Note series that coined the phablet industry back in 2011.
The Galaxy S6 was a great device for all kind of users, featuring an ideal size, a user-friendly design, and stellar camera and performance.
On par to the Galaxy S6, the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 will also be equipped with similar features to those of the Galaxy S6. In terms of design, the Galaxy Note 5 is a jumbo version of the Galaxy S6.
Having a larger screen size, improved User Interface, enhanced camera performance, and slightly upgraded hardware, the Galaxy Note 5 surely brings something new to the table in comparison to the Galaxy S6.
In this article, we will discuss the differences and similarities among the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.
First of all, we will take a look at the look and feel of both devices. Both of these devices feature a premium unibody design, taking the MicroSD card slot and removable battery out of question.
• The Galaxy S6 gave rise to a new era of Samsung smartphones, moving on from the cheap plastic build of its predecessors.
The Galaxy S6 features a solid metal frame with plain glass panels on the front and back of the device.
The Galaxy S6 is quite a comfortable device to hold in hand with its premium build and design.
Moreover, the Galaxy S6 manages to achieve a thickness of 6.8mm along with cutting edge hardware packed in it. The Galaxy S6 is a pocket-friendly device with an ideal size for casual smartphone users.
• The Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, features a similar design to the Galaxy S6 with the glass and metal sandwich layout.
If it weren’t for the size, both of these devices look and feel extremely similar to each other.
However, the back panel of the Galaxy Note 5 is slightly curved on either side to sit comfortably on your palm.
Furthermore, Samsung also decided to revive the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note 5, as it was not included in the Galaxy Note 4.
Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 5 has a thickness of 7.6mm, which is more than that of the Galaxy S6.
Despite the large size of the Galaxy Note 5, it doesn’t even feel a bit uncomfortable when held in palm.
Conclusion: Ergonomically, the Galaxy S6 is a comfortable device to hold, while the Galaxy Note 5 is designed for heavy media users who are not ready to compromise in terms of size. Additionally, both devices are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
The second thing to look at in both of these devices is the display. Let’s have a look at the display of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.
• The Galaxy S6 features a Quad HD 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, with a remarkable power efficiency which Samsung has been improving at an unstoppable rate.
The QHD display of the Galaxy S6 features a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, which adds up to a pixel density of approximately 577 pixels per inch.
• The Galaxy Note 5 features an enormous 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, which also runs at Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels same as the Galaxy S6.
Due to the larger display size, the QHD resolution of the Galaxy Note 5 amounts to a pixel density of approximately 518 pixels per inch.
Moreover, the enhanced power efficiency of the Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Note 5 makes up for the relatively low pixel density.
Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 5 features a larger display size, while a relatively lower pixel density.
On the other hand, the Galaxy S6 features an ideal display size for everyday casual users, along with a higher pixel density.
However, at such high resolution such a difference in pixel density doesn’t make quite as much of a difference.
Samsung is in no way willing to sacrifice in terms of performance for its flagship devices.
Samsung has been always introducing industry leading hardware for performance in its flagship smartphones. Let’s take a look at what both of these devices have to offer in terms of performance.
• Samsung introduced the smallest and the most efficient chip in the Galaxy S6 for the first time, measuring at just 14nm.
The Galaxy S6 is powered with industry leading Exynos 7420 chipset. The Galaxy S6 comes with octa-core processing power, packed with a Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 processor and a Quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 processor.
The Galaxy S6 uses a Mali-T760MP8 that is one of a kind. Additionally, the Galaxy S6 features 3GB of RAM under the hood, which provides for an exceptional user experience.
• With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 5, it seems that Samsung has not been able to improve their chipset anymore; hence, the Galaxy Note 5 is also powered with the same 14nm Exynos 7420 chipset as that of the Galaxy S6.
Like the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 5 also comes with octa-core processing potential, packing a Quad-core 2.1GHz Cortex-A57 processor and a Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 processor, under the hood.
The Galaxy Note 5 even uses the same Mali-T760MP8 GPU for the graphical processing, which also the same as Galaxy S6.
However, one thing that makes the Galaxy Note 5 stand out among all other smartphones is the 4GB of RAM, which is introduced for the first time in a Samsung smartphone, making the Galaxy Note 5 one of the first smartphones ever to feature 4GB of RAM.
Conclusion: Both of these devices pack enough horsepower for smooth usability.
The Galaxy Note 5 features the same hardware as that of the Galaxy S6, along with a slightly upgraded RAM, which surely contributes to the multi-tasking abilities of the device.
Camera of a device is an important aspect of a device, especially when it comes at a premium price tag. Let’s have a look at the camera of the Galaxy S6 in comparison to the Galaxy Note 5.
• The Galaxy S6 is equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The rear camera uses a Sony IMX 1/2.6” sensor on the hardware end. On the software end, the Galaxy S6 is packed with a lot of advanced features such as Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), autofocus abilities, etc.
The Camera of the Galaxy S6 dazzled the consumers all over the world with its vibrancy and color reproduction. Moreover, the image quality in low-lighting conditions was quite exceptional.
• The Galaxy Note 5 also comes with a 16-megapixel rear shooter, and a 5-megapixel front camera.
On the spec sheet, it seems that the Galaxy Note 5 will be featuring the same components on the hardware end, with slight enhancements.
It seems that Samsung will be using the same camera configuration in the Galaxy Note 5 as that of the Galaxy S6.
However, we can’t tell much about the image quality of the Galaxy Note 5 from the spec sheet, as it greatly depends on the image processing, shutter speed, and focusing capabilities of the camera.
Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to be featuring the same camera as the Galaxy S6. However, it is probable that Samsung might be including a few tweaks in the camera of the Galaxy Note 5.
User Interface and Usability
The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5 come with a supreme TouchWiz UI. Let’s take a deeper look at the user interface of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.
• The Galaxy S6 comes with Android v5.0.2 Lollipop, out of the box, which is upgradeable to the latest version of the Android Lollipop OS v5.1.1.
The Android OS is varnished by the latest TouchWiz UI by Samsung, which provides an awesome and fluid user experience, with a lot of accessibility options. Furthermore, the Galaxy S6 comes in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions.
• The Galaxy Note 5 comes with the latest Android Lollipop OS v5.1.1 out of the box. The Galaxy Note 5 also comes with TouchWiz UI which gives users a lot of portability and customizability.
Additionally, the S-Pen stylus adds to the usability of the device. The S-Pen is very easy to access due to an improved spring mechanism. The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to come in 32GB and 64GB versions.
Conclusion: Both devices feature a similar OS and UI; however, the Galaxy Note 5 gives the users more portability with the S-Pen on-board.
The battery packed inside the Galaxy note 5 and the Galaxy S6 is quite brilliant, as it is able to sustain day-long use on a single charge, which is a rare feature in today’s smartphones.
Let’s take a deeper look at the batteries of the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 5.
• The Galaxy S6 is packed with a 2,550 mAh Li-ion non-removable battery. Additionally, it also comes with universal wireless charging capabilities.
• The Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, features a 3,000 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery.
Furthermore, the Galaxy Note 5 also comes with universal wireless charging capabilities.
Conclusion: Both devices are approximately equivalent in terms of battery life. Despite the fact that the Galaxy Note 5 features a larger battery, the Galaxy S6 makes up for that In terms of smaller screen size. Both devices strive to pass through a day-long use on a single charge.
Basically, there is not much of a difference in both of these devices, ignoring the slight overall enhancements of the devices.
The Galaxy S6 is a more pocket-friendly device that is recommended for everyday casual users.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 5 is a larger device for heavy media users, and is available at a more hefty price tag as compared to the Galaxy S6.