A purported real-life photo of a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 test dummy leaks

A purported real-life photo of a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 test dummy leaks
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is reportedly getting announced on August 12 so as to steal the spotlights before the early September frenzy on the smartphone scene, and we already know that the device will one-up almost any other smartphone on the market with some pretty exciting hardware specs, like an Exynos 7422 chipset coupled with 4 gigs of RAM and a high-res display.

We've already shown you CAD drawings for the handset, reportedly giving a sneak peek at the possible design; there are also some pretty good renders that are pretty likely to be very close to the real deal in terms of exterior design and styling, but alas, we've hardly taken a gander at a real-life picture of the upcoming phablet. Until now, that is, as a freshly leaked picture from the Czech Republic claims to showcase a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 testbed captured in the wild. 

What does a testbed mean? Simply put, it's a prototype that houses the same internals and software that will debut in the final product. Although testbeds (also known as mules, especially in the automotive industry) usually come with almost all new features and flaunt the same specs, they do not employ the final design of the product.

That's most certainly one of the reasons why the device pictured below looks like a hideous, edgy box. Provided that it's indeed a Galaxy Note 5 mule, that is.

As a refresher, we expect the Note 5 to be somewhat similar to the Galaxy S6 in terms of design, meaning that there will probably be metal and glass aplenty. Check it our below, alongside with a couple of the better renders we've seen.

Thanks for the tip, Adam Pelej!



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Remember last year when they showed a design that was more square for the note 4.. I'll believe it when I see it

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

the phone is in a protective case

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Understand that but saying you can't take this design as factual

11. waddup121 unregistered

Pretty legit

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The phone looks too thick in that picture..

3. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Too small for a phablet.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

99% its a test dummy. Which means it has a fake exterior design that even if leaked wont do much damage to the lunch of the phone. Mostly for hardware/software testing.

5. ErikMurin

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

It's obviously in the case protecting its design. So, this leak basically does not leak anything.

6. Lenut

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

If you donwload the image and increase the BRIGHTNESS to MAXIMUM with PS you'll see the phone is not rectangular, its like a regular note...

8. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Pretty sure it's a note 3 in a case

10. soldier1969

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

No sd card, you know the rest...

12. HerpDerpMapleSerp

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I feel as if I have seen this same leaked photo for the last 3 years. I am growing very impatient waiting to see where they chose to place the camera flash this year. #bigchangesahead

14. Epicness1o1

Posts: 305; Member since: May 30, 2013

Wait.In the renders the front camera was a little bit right from the speaker,and at the photo the camera is on the right corner So that means that this is a fake photo or the renders are fake :D

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31058; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I won't be shocked at all, when it comes out and looks just like this.

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