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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Unboxing, Hands-on, First Impressions

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is finally in the Philippines. Today we unboxed the Note 5 together with a quick hands-on on the device with its S-Pen alongside with our first impressions.

The unit we received is single SIM 4G LTE variant in 32GB model. Luckily, we got the Gold Platinum color which we think the most luxurious from the four color options.

What’s in the retail box of Galaxy Note 5

The retail box of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 includes the unit itself with built-in 3000mAh battery, 2A power adapter, stereo headset, USB data cable, sim ejector pin, clip and S-pen tips, and manuals.

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  • Galaxy Note5 in Gold Platinum with built-in 3000mAh battery
  • 2A charger or power adapter
  • microUSB data cable 2.0 version
  • Stereo headset with microphone
  • Sim ejector key
  • Clip for S-pen and extra tips
  • Manuals

First Impressions on Galaxy Note 5

Build with glass and metal frame, the Galaxy Note 5 feels very premium and sleek in hands. It inherits most of Galaxy S6/S6 Edge aesthetics especially on its sides. The back is curved, unlike the Galaxy S6/S6 edge/edge+ which we think is more comfortable to hold. It is also the most attractive sight from it.

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Flaunting on front is a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440p resolution backed with Gorilla Glass 4. Overall front design is so Samsung-ish with the logo, selfie camera, earpiece, and sensors located on top. The home key acts as a fingerprint scanner too, besides it is the capacitive back and multitask keys.

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On the back you will find the 16MP camera the same that is found from Galaxy S6. Pairing the shooter is a LED flash, heart rate sensor and CSS (color spectrum sensor) similar to LG G4.

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A mono speaker at the bottom is positioned along with the microUSB and 3.5mm audio jack ports. The S-pen holder is at the bottom corner, access to the S-pen is through push of the protruding holder of pen.

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Once S-pen is removed, the phone automatically detects and pops up the S-Pen floating menu. We tried the S-pen’s handwriting recognition and we find it fun and smart. It is accurate in transcribing my handwriting despite my unrecognizable penmanship.

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Everything is fluid in the new TouchWiz on top of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Transition to apps is handled smoothly by the Exynos 7420 chip and 4GB RAM.

So far, so good. But we will pass our further judgment in our upcoming review and comparison. If you have something in mind such as suggestions for our comparison, please do comment it down below.

Unboxing, Hands-on video of Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 specs

5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD, 518ppi
7.6mm thin, 171g weight
Gorilla Glass 4, curved back
Exynos 7420 octacore, quad Cortex-A53 & quad 2.1GHz Cortex-A57
4GB RAM
32/64GB internal, no microSD card slot
16MP camera f/1.9 aperture, OIS, single LED flash, HDR, 2160p video
5MP selfie, 1440p video
4G LTE Single/dual SIM, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2,NFC,   FM Radio, GPS, heart rate sensor, wireless charging, Fingerprint sensor, S-pen
Android 5.1 Lollipop
3000mAh
White, Black, Silver, Gold
P33,900 as of September 4, 2015

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Hi! I'm Jade, an Electronics and Communications Engineer and tech enthusiast. I am the editor-in-chief here at ManilaShaker and on our YouTube channel. If you have questions, suggestions or anything we could talk about you can find me Instagram and Twitter @jadejardinico.

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