Purported Galaxy Note 5 Prototype Leaked Images Show Unchanged S Pen


Yes the Galaxy Note 5 is coming and we might even get to see it much sooner than the expected at IFA in early September. A mid-August launch date is being thrown around but with no sign of official invites to a Samsung Unpacked event around that time, that remains just that: a rumour. With its official unveiling fast approaching, there’s been no shortage of purported sightings of the upcoming device. From dummies to sketches to fan renderings. We’ve seen it all. But there’s something else worth your attention: a new leak from French tech website Nowhereelse.

As per the leak, the Galaxy Note 5, pictured in gold, is expected to retain the port arrangement of the Galaxy S6 as well as stick with the S Pen we’ve pretty much seen from previous Galaxy Note devices albeit with minor improvements but not as strangely innovative as past leaks and rumours almost led us to believe. A recent patent filing by Samsung that featured an auto-ejectable stylus fueled speculation that we may be seeing that sort of thing on the Note 5 but if these recent leaks are anything to go by then that is still a distant dream. It could be on the cards for a future Galaxy Note model but not this year’s.

This may as well turn out to be one of those bogus leaks and rumours that show their ugly head as everyone jostles for attention in the run up to a major smartphone release. Or it may not be, it could be the real deal instead of an industrial designer’s working prototype. Thing is, we don’t know that for sure and we’ll likely see more of such leaks as we enter the Note 5 launch’s homestretch.

The Galaxy Note 5 is widely expected to feature a bigger 4,100 mAh battery, more RAM (4 GB) as well as the Exynos 7422 chipset from Samsung. While there has been talk of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets making a comeback in the Galaxy Note 5 after they were shown the door in the Galaxy S6, there’s nothing solid to provide any hints of that happening. Whereas earlier rumours pointed to some more screen real estate (5.9 inches), we’ve become resigned to the fact that 5.7 inch is where it’s at and Samsung is unlikely to budge.