The latest leak on the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could just possibly have shown us the prototype of the upcoming note-taking phablet from Samsung.
Twitter leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has posted a number of new images on Nowhereelse.fr of a handset that purports to be the Galaxy Note 5, and aside from confirming many of the rumors that we already know, the images might clear up some of the webs surrounding the phablet's S-Pen.
— Steve Hemmerstoffer (@stagueve) July 26, 2015
The images show a small gap on the side of the Galaxy Note 5 that could mean Samsung is not planning on changing the way users use the S-Pen. Previously, rumors claimed that the South Korean device maker was planning on incorporating electromagnetic technology to develop an auto-ejecting stylus for the upcoming Galaxy Note 5.
The rumor is not without merit, as a new Samsung patent was spotted at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for such an application. However, it looked as if Samsung was not going to use the patent anytime soon, as a later report from a Korean media outlet claimed that the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 will be removed in the same way the S-Pen had always been removed in earlier Note phablets.
The report also said Samsung is planning on using an embedded battery pack that is protected by a "premium" chassis made of glass on the front and back and a durable metal rim surrounding the edges of the phablet.
The latest leak seems to confirm this second report, as they show a small curve on one side of the device where users can use a nail or a finger to push the S-Pen out. As for the embedded battery pack, no leaks can confirm this part of the report just yet.
The Galaxy Note 5, at least the Verizon version, has passed through GeekBench with an octa-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 chipset from Samsung and 4 GB of RAM, but the Sprint version appears to have an unspecified Qualcomm processor with 3 GB of RAM and, spectacularly, a microSD slot.
The device is also rumored to have a 16 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera and 16 GB of internal storage.
At this point, however, the rumors are contradicting themselves, and it is always advisable to take each one of them with a good helping of salt. We'll no more about the phone when Samsung releases them next month as expected.