Both the old and new Notes will have the same display size, at 5.7-in., same battery size at 3220 mAh, same rear camera at 16 megapixels and the same S Pen, a digital pen used to draw on the display and perform other high-level functions.
Improvements include a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB of RAM in the Note 5, up from the Note 4's Snapdragon 805 and 3GB of RAM. The Note 5 also gets an 8-megapixel front camera, up from the Note 4's 3-megapixel front camera. The Note 5 will probably have Android Lollipop (5.1), although the Note 4 was upgradeable to Lollipop from KitKat (4.4).
Some reports have speculated that the Note 5 will not have a microSD card slot for storage expansion. It also is expected to be sold in three versions, with 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of data storage. The Note 4 has a microSD slot, expandable up to 128 GB, and ships with 32 GB internally.
Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
The upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will reportedly have a significantly larger display and battery than the original Edge with its signature curved styling. Many other features will remain the same.
The original Edge had a 5.1-in. display, while the Plus will be 5.7 inches. The new battery jumps to 3220 mAh, up from 2600 mAh. A slightly faster Exynos processor, the 7422, or the Snapdragon 808, will replace the Exynos 7420 of the older device.
Both the old and new phones have 3GB RAM, internal storage of 32 GB, 64 GB or 128 GB and no microSD card slot and no digital stylus. Both have the same cameras: 5 megapixels in front and 16 megapixels in the rear. Both run Lollipop (5.1).
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