Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the only capable S-Pen equipped phone that you can buy from the South Korean tech giant unless you still want to go the old way and grab a Galaxy Note 4 from the shelves of your local store.
When it launched, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 came in three variants of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. This was due to the fact that the phone did not include a microSD card storage, something that was later restored with the 2016 model – Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Speaking of the Note 7, the latest move by Samsung is meant to try and fill the gap left behind by the bomb-like phone, which had an onboard storage of 64GB, among a few other similar specs.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 fans in Malaysia can now the latest S-Pen phablet from their local Samsung Malaysia shop for a fee of RM2399, an equivalent figure to about $536. This is good value for a phone that packs some of the best hardware specs and features as well as guaranteed to be receiving the latest software update.
Priced cheaper than the Galaxy Note 7, the Note 5 also shares the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display screen with QHD resolution as the former. However, the designs of the two are quite different, with Samsung Galaxy Note 5 being the last Note phablet to feature a flat-screen design whereas the Note 7 being the debutant of the dual-edge screen on the Note series. As it is, this is the path Samsung has chosen to take for its flagship Galaxy S and Note series.
Despite packing different processors, the two phones have the same 4GB RAM. The Galaxy Note 5 has an Exynos 7420 SoC while the Note 7 has a Snapdragon 820/Exynos 8890. The 2015 flagship came in with a 16MP snapper on the back alongside a 5MP selfie camera. There is a 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on, but you get the outgoing microUSB port instead of the new USB-C.
As noted, the new 64GB variant of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is priced at RM2399. If this is too much for you, the entry-level model is valued at RM2199, which is about $491. Given that Samsung is pushing the Galaxy Note 5 into more markets as a way to alleviate the Note 7 pains, it remains to be seen where next the 64GB and even 128GB variants will be heading. The two models have remained rear species, but this could be headed for change.