Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 to go on sale on Saturday

The Galaxy Note 5 (right) sports a 5.7-inch QHD Super Amoled screen. ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH
The Galaxy Note 5 (right) is powered by the company's own octa-core Exynos 7 processor. ST PHOTO: SHERWIN LOH
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NEW YORK - Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 5 smartphone, annnounced on Thursday, will go on sale two days later in Singapore for $1,088 for the basic model.

The company used to announce new models for its Galaxy Note line in September and ship them a month later.

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The Galaxy Note 5 is a successor to the Galaxy Note 4, announced last September in Berlin, Germany. The latest model sports a 5.7-inch QHD Super Amoled screen, and is powered by the company's own octa-core Exynos 7 processor.

It also has the familiar S Pen stylus, which allows users to write on the screen and and access the phone's menu. But a new "Screen Off Memo" feature allows users to write on the screen while the device is still on stand-by mode. The new S Pen is also spring loaded, which makes removing the accessory much easier than before.

The Galaxy Note 5 shares many features first seen on Samsung's other flagship the Galaxy S6, which went on sale in April. For instance, it uses a glass and metal chassis similar to that of the Galaxy S6.

Also like the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy Note 5 will not have the microSD card storage feature and removable battery - a sore point with users and critics.

The new phone comes in Black Sapphire and Gold Platinum, with 32GB and 64GB5 storage options, at a recommended retail price of $1,088 and $1,188 respectively. Buyers will receive a free Fast Wireless Charging Pad (White only) worth $98, and a Clear Cover (Silver only) worth $48, while stocks last.

Technical Specifications:

Processor: 64 bit Octa core Exynos 7 14nm (2.1GHz quad core + 1.5GHz quad core)

Display: 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, 518 PPI (pixels per inch)

Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Memory: 32GB/64GB, 4GB RAM

Camera: (Rear) 16MP OIS, f1.9, (Front) 5MP, f1.9

Battery: 3,000 mAh with fast and wireless charging

Dimensions: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g

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