Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

galaxy note 7 vs galaxy note 5

The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s 2016 flagship for the Galaxy Note series. The previous flagship, the Galaxy Note 5, is an older and a less sophisticated model when compared to the new Note 7 was launched in August. There isn’t a Note 6, notably, as Samsung has streamlined branding for its Galaxy series. The Note 7 and its predecessor have some similarities but there are also some obvious differences.

Design and display

While the Note 5 had an S Pen Stylus, the Note 7 also has one and it is improved and better than ever. The Note 7 is also rumored to be a dual edge phablet, veering from the Note’s smooth surface flat design that is evident in the Note 5. The Note 7 further puts itself over the edge as compared to the Note 5 as it has an IP68 water and dust proof feature which has been a long time coming. This feature is similar to that of the S7 and S7 edge and is a favorite with many users as water and dust damages are no longer a problem when it comes to the newest Samsung devices. This feature was not available in the Note 5.

The Galaxy Note 7 is also expected to have a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner of which the latter is a new feature that was not present in the Note 5. This makes payments even more secure and has so far augured well with users of 2016 flagships such as the S7 and the S7 Edge.

When it comes to the display, some rumors place the screen at 5.7 inches, similar to that of the Note 5 while others place the screen at 5.8 inches. While the former assumption would have the two phablets similar in size, the latter would mean that the Note 7 has lesser pixel density at about 508ppi because of the larger screen. This is not noticeable to the human eye so it would not be a problem either.

Camera, Battery and Processor

The Galaxy Note 5 had a 16 MP back camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture which is a prerequisite for great photos. The Note 7 is expected to have 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing one but with a f/1.7 aperture. While the resolution may have become less, the quality of photos in low light environments has been improved through the improved aperture. In addition to this, the Note 7 is expected to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor as opposed to the Note 5’s Exynos processor.

It is also rumored to have 4200, 4000 or 3600 mAh battery capacity which is much bigger than the Note 5’s 3000 mAh. Battery power is important to users as a long battery life is synonymous with content customers. The Note 7 further spots a 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal memory storage with an expandable slot which is different from the Note 5’s 4 GB RAM and 32 and 64 GB variants of internal memory.


The Note 7 is definitely a step up from the Note 5. It is worth upgrading to this latest flagship expected in August 2016.

UPDATE: The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched on August 2.