New Note 5 pics leak-show new Air Command menu

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The big Samsung event is only 9 days away-August 13 live from New York City. Samsung’s plan to unveil the Note 5 and S6 Edge+ at this event are certainly no secret at this point. We’ve already seen plenty of rumored specs, fan renders, and even official press renders of both phones. Today Droid Life gave us an even better look at the Note 5 actually being used in-hand. An in-hand shot is much better than a press-render for getting a feel for the size of the phone.

As you can see from the photos, the Note 5 looks like a larger Galaxy S6, but with curved edges on the back of the phone. These curves look like they will make the large phablet much easier to grip, perhaps this will even bring some around to the idea of a bigger phone. We also notice the redesigned S-Pen and silo here- the source here claims the S-Pen is in fact spring-loaded as previously rumored. I think the idea of a spring-loaded S-Pen makes perfect sense and should be a great addition to the phone. The bezels also appear to be significantly slimmed down from the Note 4. It appears the myth of USB Type-C for the Note 5 is pretty much dead at this point, but on the bright side the speaker is now on the bottom instead of the back.

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Droid Life states the internal specs are claimed to be 4GB RAM, no SD slot, 32/64/128GB storage options, and a 3000mAh non-removable battery. The 3000 mAh battery worries me…A LOT. With a 3000 mAh battery Samsung is stepping backwards from the 3220 mAh battery on the Note 4. We all know the going backwards in battery size did not work out great for the S6 and S6 Edge this year.

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Jeff Springer

"I am currently a researcher and Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. I fell in love with Android with the Nexus One release and realized that it was superior to iOS in all the ways I care about. I still use a Mac (and an iPhone for the camera), but my Apple tech products pale in comparison to my number of Android devices (watches, tablets, and phones). When I’m not rooting/modding one of my many Android phones or doing math/programming, you can find me taking in Phoenix Suns/Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix, and drinking good beer!"

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