Galaxy Note5 software update rolling out with battery life, call quality improvements

Despite housing a battery that is smaller than the unit in its predecessor, the frugal screen and chipset of Samsung's Galaxy Note5, as well as the optimized power draw in standby mode result in excellent battery life. Our own battery benchmark returned over 9 hours of screen-on time when testing, which puts it towards the top of the pile, and everyday observations confirm that you can eke out day and a half or even two days of battery with it with normal usage. 

Those of you who got Samsung's latest and greatest phablet will be delighted to know that an over-the-air update is rolling out that aims to improve battery life even further through some software optimizations. Besides the battery life improvements, Samsung also mentions call quality and security enhancements that will come with the 144MB update, though it's not specified what these entail.

source: Softpedia

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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32 Comments

1. GeekMovement unregistered

Nice, if the battery life is noticeably improved I'll have a tough time choosing between this and the Blackberry PRIV. Of course, by early next year when I switch the Galaxy S7 will be coming around...

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ive read on xda forums that for some users the horrible standby time has improved drastically

24. GeekMovement unregistered

That is good news! I've always wish for better standby times on Android. With this and the future marshmallow update, I'm pretty excited!

3. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

We don't need this $hd its just a waste of time as if samsung can concentrate on the marshmallow that will be better.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What's wrong with improving what we already have? GEEZ...you haters are so critcal of Samsung. If some other OEM (not mentioning any name) offered this, you would be all in their crack praising them. Any improvement to such a good device is welcomed. I loving my S6 Edge+, and I just didn't like the Note 5 much. But I just use my T-Mobile jump and going back to the Note 5. On a recent business trip to New York, it made me realize how much I need to have the mobile S-Pen capabilities when I'm not carrying my Note Pro.

30. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

they probably start working on this before 6.0 was released. You prefer discarding everything and make you wait another 3-4 months for 6.0?

4. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yeah, yeah, numbers from Sammy....

6. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Numbers like... Galaxy S6 - #1 smartphone Galaxy Note5 - #1 phablet Both with the #1 screen and #1 mobile pay. Of course, you're #2.

8. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

I don't think he is counted ?

9. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lmao burned that troll badly.

16. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

apple is still not the 2nd tho

5. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I wish they could push the same update for the galaxy s6 users to improve its battery life

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Did the Note 5 Flop?

10. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Sammy peaked at GS3 and GN2. It has been downhill since then: every iteration sold less than the previous one.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Note 4 was the best phablet on the market (none before it had competition). The GS6 is the best smartphone on the market, and the Note 5 is the new best phablet on the market. They're at the top of the game.

12. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

For you maybe, and that doesn't mean much if at all. Downhill is downhill.

17. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Retarded logic of Apple fanboys about sales being ultimate thing regarding quality of a product never miss the chance to amaze me. You need to learn what market saturation means, and that the end user (who got brains)does NOT care for sales, but only for what product he can get, by what price, and what does it offer for that price, that's should be the ultimate thing, not some retarded numbers.

22. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

By your logic, the market saturation only applies to Android? And you need to learn that the sales numbers / profits are the ultimate transcript for every corporation. And it seems Sammy is failing at that.

28. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

So you must be a concerned investor that gauges the success of a product by how many total units are sold rather than how well the product performs vs the competition. Are you an investor or are you a consumer? You like Apple products because they work for you, and that's all you need to say. Constantly tossing out childish remarks about "Sammy" isn't strengthening your fondness for Apple. It's weakening your ability to appreciate technology. Stay closed-minded about any product other than Apple. It works for you.

25. discharge unregistered

Shut up douche bag!! Your a Apple fanboy

13. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Nope, been selling great.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

benchmark note5 battery again? (so it can beat i6S plus, lol)

19. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

lol lol lol lol lol xD Word used so frequently like non other xD

15. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Call quality improvement? My Note2 call quality is perfect, does this mean, that Note5 was a downgrade form Note2?

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Apparently you have no idea how technology works. There can always be better call quality, better camera, better this better that. A software update isnt always for a bad working feature, many times an update comes to improve an already great feature.

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

This is also the Samsung Pay update for those of us on Verizon. Unfortunately it's not in the store yet. I've sideloaded it along with the framework, but my small credit union isn't supported and probably won't be. I'm very disappointed in the lack of banks on board with this.

21. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

The edit time needs to be longer. It IS in the store. My bad.

26. discharge unregistered

My note 5 has been great since day one!! Sammy all the way

27. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

My body is ready.

29. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

got the update over this weekend: ~160MB LMY47X.N920CXXU2AOJ5 This is the United Arab Emirates (TRA ID: 0016333/08) sold in Europe ;)

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