Samsung took the wraps off its popular phablet — the Galaxy Note 7 — on Aug. 2 and the device is promising to be another winner from the company.
Comparisons with the predecessor Galaxy Note 5 are inevitable and consumers would be wondering what improvements the Galaxy Note 7 packs in when compared to the older iteration (there's no Note 6 in between).
Let's check out how the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 7's specs compare against each other to see if the latest offering from Samsung is worth upgrading to.
The Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy Note 5 both sport a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED displays. The resolution for both phablets is the same at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels.
However, the Galaxy Note 7 sports a dual-curved screen — the first-ever Note series device to do so — which Samsung asserts makes the handset 2.2 mm thinner compared to the Galaxy Note 5 despite the same screen size.
The Galaxy Note 7 deploys Gorilla Glass 5 for protection versus the Gorilla Glass 4 on the Galaxy Note 5.
Another subtle difference between the two handsets is that like the Galaxy S7, the Galaxy Note 7 also boasts an Alway-On display, which basically means that one can take notes with the S Pen even on a dark screen and not unlock the device to do so.
Processor, RAM & Storage
The U.S variant of the Galaxy Note 7 is fueled by a more powerful octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (quad-core 2.3 GHz + quad-core 1.6 GHz) when compared to the older-generation phablet.
The U.S. variant of the Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand is powered by the older octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (quad-core 2.1 GHz + quad-core 1.5 GHz). Both smartphones boast 4 GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Note 5 is available in three storage options: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The Galaxy Note 7 will only be available in a 64 GB storage option. However, the new flagship marks the return of the microSD card slot which was skipped for the Galaxy Note 5. The microSD card support for the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone is up to 256 GB, giving the newer handset a clear edge over its predecessor.
The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy Note 7 both support wireless charging. The Galaxy Note 7 houses a 3,500 mAh battery, which is slightly bigger than the 3,000 mAh one on the Galaxy Note 5. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 7 supports USB Type-C charging, unlike the Galaxy Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 7 houses a dual pixel 12-megapixel (f/1.7 lens) rear-facing camera with smart OIS support. The Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, has a 16-megapixel (f/1.9 lens) camera with smart OIS support.
Both phablets tout a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, but the lens is different — the Galaxy Note 7's selfie camera has an f/1.7 lens and the Galaxy Note 5's has an f/1.9 lens.
The Galaxy Note 5 measures 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm (6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches) as opposed to the 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm (6.04 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches) dimensions of the Galaxy Note 7, making the later slightly thicker than the former.
At 169 g (5.96 ounces), the Galaxy Note 7 is also slightly lighter than the Galaxy Note 5 which weighs 171 g (6.03 ounces).
At launch, the Galaxy Note 5 came pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop but soon Samsung updated the phablet to Android Marshmallow. The Galaxy Note 7 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. Both should get the new Nougat flavor when it launches, however.
Both Samsung phablets tout a fingerprint scanner, but Samsung has upped the ante with the Galaxy Note 7 by introducing an iris scanner.
Moreover, unlike the Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 7 is water- and dust-resistant with IP68 certification.
The Galaxy Note 7 also boasts enhanced S Pen features and the stylus is water resistant as well. It also has double the pressure sensitivity when compared to the older iteration's stylus.
The Galaxy Note 7 is not a major overhaul when compared to the Galaxy Note 5. However, if you fancy using an Iris scanner, want a waterproof device and are keen on the dual-curved display, these could be strong enough reasons to upgrade. Otherwise, the Galaxy Note 5 is a good old warhorse that you can use for a while longer.