Samsung says market demand led it to launch the Note 5 early in the country.
If the August 21 release date of the Galaxy Note 5 wasn’t early enough, Samsung has sped up things even faster by putting its latest stylus-toting flagship up for sale in Taiwan. The reason for the company’s favoritism towards the country is being touted to be the success the Note lineup has had in the region, though a lot of fans of Note devices in other markets are bound to raise an outcry over the partiality.
Only the 32GB model is available at the moment, with a price tag of around $740. The 64GB model will launch by the end of the month for $820, likely around the same time it goes live in the US, Canada and Samsung’s home market. As for that elusive 128GB model, there’s no telling if it will ever be made official, though the lack of a microSD slot means 128GB of internal storage would come in pretty handy for a smartphone that is supposed to be targeted at the power users.
The Galaxy Note 5 features a metal and glass design similar to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and comes with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with a maximum clock speed of 2.1GHz, 4GB of RAM, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. There’s also a 5-megapixel front camera, an S Pen stylus that can be used to jot down notes even when the screen is off, and a 3,000 mAh battery that supports quick charging for both wireless and wired charging methods. Android 5.1 Lollipop runs the show on the software front.