This Thursday, Aug. 21, 2015, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 will be available for purchase in the U.S. In light of the release, here are five noticeable feature changes.
- The new Note 5 measures .3 inches in width and 6 inches in screen length, making the metal and glass device lighter without sacrificing screen size.
- More color and memory size options
- Samsung has designed devices in black, gold, white and silver with 32GB and 64GB memory options. Only black and gold devices will be available for purchase in the U.S., but both memory options will be available.
- Updated camera
- Higher quality selfies will now be possible with a 5MP front-facing camera.
- Improved stylus and screen abilities
- The new S-Pen brings the option of writing when the screen is off. Along with an updated stylus, there will be new options to screenshot an entire website as well as selected sections to the user’s discretion.
- Higher price
- Prices are estimated to be at least $250 with a two-year contract to a major provider. Without a contract, the Note 5 can run up to $840 between providers
IFixit has rated previous Note models an 8 on their repairability scale. While past Note models have an easily replaceable battery and access to internal components, the fused display assembly brings problems when repairing. It will be interesting to see if the Note 5’s new size and memory components affect disassembly later in device life.