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How to tell if your Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ has a Sony or Samsung camera

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How to tell if your Note5 or Galaxy S6 edge+ has a Sony or Samsung camera
As the Samsung faithful may know, the South Korean manufacturer is making use of two different sensors for the main camera with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge: the Sony IMX240 and a home-made ISOCELL unit. This, more than anything, prompted us to check our own Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ review samples to see which one they got, and also make us wonder whether the same split will be true with the new phablets. A quick web search suggests that yes, there's once again going to be a difference from device to device.

Now, while both camera sensors come lugging very similar specs sheets, it's likely that there'll be a difference between the performance of the two, at least so long as we have a replay of the Galaxy S6. In that scenario, the Sony IMX240 unit delivered more tempting, saturated colors within images, so some preferred it over the less-extreme ISOCELL sensor. Here's an example shot, courtesy of SamMobile:


Assuming that this is still the case with the Note5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+, you might want to check for yourself whether you've got one or the other. Here's how to do it in under 2 minutes:

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Samsung Galaxy Note5 specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ specs
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
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