Interface


With both handsets running Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung's famed TouchWiz appears with its latest, and somewhat improved version on the Galaxy Note5. Apart from the new wallpaper set, there are only a few visual upgrades, and a couple of new TouchWiz features that arrived with the Note5. These include, but are not limited to SideSync 4.0, which offers both wireless and wired PC-phone connectivity across most of your computing devices. Thanks to the auto-detection and quick setup functionality, you can instantly connect your Samsung device to your computer or tablet to respond to texts, answer calls, or swap files and backup data.

The new interface on the Note5 also introduces a bunch of novelties in the camera area like extra manual control, live broadcasting, and so on, which will be detailed in the camera section. Needless to say, the Note5 carries all the dedicated apps and interface options that come with the S Pen stylus, including the ability to annotate PDFs now, or highlight and crop a whole webpage with it.


Processor and memory


Samsung didn't feel a need to upgrade the zippy Exynos 7420 from the S6 to the Note5, and it didn't need to. The octa-core chip has four 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57 cores, and four more power-efficient A53 cores, clocked at up to 1.5GHz, and is also built on the class-leading at the moment 14nm process, so it still decimates any benchmark app thrown at it.

What really differs from the S6 to the Note5, however, is that the phablet is outfitted with 4GB of LPDD4 RAM, instead of three, so you can line up a few more apps or games waiting patiently in the background at any given time.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 67207
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 2532
Samsung Galaxy S6 2237
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 5476
Samsung Galaxy S6 5751
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 677.7
Samsung Galaxy S6 354.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 37
Samsung Galaxy S6 37
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 15
Samsung Galaxy S6 16
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1765
Samsung Galaxy S6 1767
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1431
Samsung Galaxy S6 1440
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note5 4717
Samsung Galaxy S6 5127

Internet and connectivity

Faster LTE and newer Bluetooth standard on the Note5 may not compensate the lack of IR blaster for some.

The only significant thing going for the Galaxy Note5 in the web browsing department, besides the usual expectancies for any high-end device, is the vast real estate we’re given for the occasion, compared to the 5.1” Galaxy S6. Not surprisingly, it mitigates the need to scroll or pinch zoom a whole lot, as most pages are able to fit in their entirety on the display. Throw in lighting fast 4G LTE connectivity, you have all the necessary ingredients here for a great experience.

On the connectivity side of things, the Galaxy Note5 supports 4G LTE-A with a staggering amount of support for various bands, and 600 Mbps speeds, next to the S6's 300 Mbps LTE downloads support. Both share MIMO (2x2) antennas for improved reception and dual-channel Wi-Fi, as well as NFC, and positioning via GPS, Glonass, and the Beidou systems. The Note5 supports Bluetooth 4.2, versus 4.1 on its smaller sibling. The S6, however, sports an infrared blaster for controlling your home electronics – a feature that is missing on the Note5.

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