That 4100 mAh Note5 battery? It may be in a Note5 Active, coming in November
There were persistent rumors from several sources that the Note5 will have a huge, 4100 mAh battery pack, which should have made for some spectacular longevity, given how optimized Samsung's display and chipset power consumption are. Sadly, the speculation turned out too good to be true, and the Note5 arrived with a 3000 mAh battery pack "only". Granted, the phablet still managed to provide impressive endurance results in our battery benchmark test, and yet those would be even better with a 4100 mAh unit.
Fortunately, the rumor might have been partially true. We just received tips that there will be a Galaxy Note5 Active model released in November on AT&T, and it will sport a 4100 mAh juicer, with all else staying true to the regular Note5. Our tipster points out that the durable phablet will have IP68 waterproofing certification, and arrive in week 46, which falls in the week of Monday, November 8th, just in time for your holiday shopping schedule.
The reason that we are relaying this arguably unconfirmed by a second source tip, is that Samsung did absolutely the same thing with the Galaxy S6 Active, releasing it with a much larger battery than the regular version, resulting in a stellar achievement on our battery life test of the device. This bodes well for the eventual Note5 Active's battery endurance, and yet, if the S6 Active is any indication, the phablet version won't sport the same premium glass design, but rather focus on drop test durability, a waterproof chassis, and longevity. We don't mind, as Samsung managed to stuff a large battery in a relatively slim chassis with the S6 Active, so hopefully the same will go for the claimed Note5 Active come this fall.
Thanks for the tip!