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Jumia RW Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Just when you thought Samsung was done with this series, they have proved to us that technology has nowhere come to an end and would not slow down in the tracks of development any time soon.

Though, the phablet is yet to enter the Rwandan market, it was released on the 13th of August 2015 in the US, on pre order basis only and would be available in stores from the 21st of August.

These are some of the specifications we have below:

Spec. Description


The network isstill the same as most mobile phones today with GSM/HSPA/LTE


With a height of 153mm, a width of 73mm and a thickness of 7.6mm, the Galaxy Note 5 didn't see much changes with the height, just a slight reduction but with the thickness been more thinned than a previous 8.5mm in the Note 4 making the Note 5 5g lighter with a weight of 171g, wasn't much of a major upgrade.


Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), updatable when a new OS eventually rolls out. The phablet has been upgraded to be an awesomely powerful device, having a Samsung Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core processor, with a 4GB RAM.


The phablet comes in 32GB or 64GB internal storage space option. Taking out the 128GB option and the microSD slot, which might not sit well with some of their note fans, but the added free 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive Cloud should reduce the pain.


The display still remains the same, with a 5.7-inch display screen, as the previously released one last year, and the resolution still stays the same too with 1440 x 2560 pixels (518ppi pixel density). Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with a gorilla glass protection


The primary camera is a 16MP and the secondary one being 5MP. This is the same as the GS6 and GS6 Edge, with optical image stabilization (OIS), autofocus, LED flash.


The battery has a 3000mAh, with a fast charging feature which works when using a stock cable. It has a wireless charging built in feature which we think is really cool, and also a new fast wireless charging that can charge the phablet from 0 to a 100 percent in just about 2 hours.


The retail Price is about $750 dollars which is about N165,000 in Rwanda with an estimated current exchange rate. This is around the same price points as other previous note when launched. You can be assured to get it at the best price possible online for Jumia Rwanda.


Apart from having an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate monitor which is popular with the Note series, in addition it also has the new Samsung Pay and a keyboard cover


The colors available for the Note 5 are, Gold Platinum, Black Sapphire, White Pearl, and Silver Titan.

The Note 5 has an aluminum frame and has a more curved bottom edge just like in the Samsung Galaxy S6. Also the build of the back, just like the S6 is made of gorilla glass 4, which really looks incredible with, with sloppy edges. This is much more of a premium improvement which adds to its beauty.

The Note 5 wouldn't be a Galaxy Note without the S Pen. The new version still has a plastic finish that looks metallic with a click out option, which makes it a lot easier to unsheathe the S Pen. You just have to push the cap in and it pops out just enough to pull it out easily.

The new Samsung Pay has also been installed in the Note 5. When Samsung finally launches Samsung Pay, the phablet will be able to be used as a wallet (just like the new Apple Pay in the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), but you won't only be able to use it NFC terminals but also at standard credit card readers. We believe, this feature is really cool, something worth doing is worth doing well, right? When people finally embrace these types of payments in Rwanda, it would really come in handy.

The fingerprint sensor has been improved on, having the same touch- based sensor found in the GS6 (with resemblance to the one in the iPhone 6), just like so many other features. For those of you that use or have used the Note 4, you would be familiar with the heart rate sensor on the backside, this is also in Note 5.

Not sure why, but Samsung is introducing a new keyboard cover feature in the phablet, this is a Blackberry-like keyboard cover that would slides onto the Note 5. This is the first Samsung phablet that would have this feature. Also, the screen-off notes is another cool feature that lets you scribble notes on the black screen, when the S Pen is pulled out, without waking your phone up.

The only problem we have with the battery is that it is non-removable, which might pose a problem eventually, it has a USB 3 and not a version 4 and an important MicroSD missing.

Although most of the expected features didn't come to play, like it having a Gear VR and a few otherthings, which might end up disappointing their loyal Note fans, there is no denying that the Note 5 is an outstanding phablet, having most elements as the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, our tech savvy people in Rwanda can't wait to get their hands on the phablet once it hits online stores.