Galaxy Note 5 vs Galaxy S6 — Spec shootout and video comparison

 

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Samsung showed us it was serious about design with the Galaxy S6. Now it’s taking that same style to new heights with the Galaxy Note 5. Is this new phablet just a super-sized version of the smaller flagship phone?

Let’s find out.

Beyond their size, there are a few key differences between the two phones when it comes to design. The Galaxy S6 features a totally flat style, while the Note 5’s back panel slopes in slightly on the left and right sides to fit comfortable in your palm. There’s also the S Pen, a Note exclusive that now ejects when you press down on it.

 

When it comes to hardware the two devices are actually pretty similar. Both feature an Exynos 7420 processor, a Quad HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter and Qi/PMA wireless charging. However the Galaxy Note 5 packs in an extra GB of RAM for 4GB total, along with a larger 5.7-inch screen.

Despite all these differences, it really comes down to size when you’re choosing between the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6. If you want a big phone go with the Note. If not, the S6 is probably a better choice. Still not convinced?

See below for a full spec-by-spec comparison.

 

 

  Samsung Galaxy Note 5   Samsung Galaxy S6
DISPLAY SIZE   5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display (515 ppi)   5.1-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display (576 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPE   Super AMOLED   Quad HD
OPERATING SYSTEM   Android 5.1 (at launch)   Android 5.0 (at launch)
PROCESSOR   Exynos 7420 Octa-core   Exynos 7 series Quad 2.1GHz + Quad 1.5Ghz, Octacore application processor
RAM   4GB   3GB
STORAGE  
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
 
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
EXTERNAL STORAGE   No   No
MAIN CAMERA (BACK)   16MP   16MP
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT)   5MP   5MP
WI-FI   802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), MIMO (2×2)   802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BLUETOOTH   Bluetooth 4.2 LE   Bluetooth 4.1
BATTERY   3000mAh   2550mAh
NFC   Yes   Yes
CONNECTIVITY  
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • MicroUSB
 
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
SENSORS  
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gyro
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
 
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • HRM
  • Proximity
GPS  
  • Beidou
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
 
  • Digital compass
HEIGHT   153.2 mm (6.03 inches)   143.4 mm (5.65 inches)
WIDTH   76.1 mm (3.00 inches)   70.5 mm (2.78 inches)
DEPTH   7.6 mm (0.30 inches)   6.8 mm (0.27 inches)
WEIGHT   171 g (6.03 oz)   138 g (4.87 oz)
COLORS   Black, White   Black, Blue, Gold, White
SUPPORTED AUDIO FORMATS   MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA   MP3, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, OPUS
SUPPORTED VIDEO FORMATS   MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM   MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM, VP9
OTHER FEATURES   N/A  
  • IR remote

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