Just yesterday, reports indicated that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 may arrive in the UK as early as January next year, even though previous reports have time and again suggested that the device may not be available in Europe any time soon. Now, a new report circulating on the net seems to suggest that Samsung’s fifth generation flagship phablet may not actually be available on European store shelves in the first quarter of next year, let alone in January. That’s because according to SamMobile, the European version of the Note 5 has not seen a new firmware since June, meaning, the company hasn’t been actively working on launching the device in Europe as soon as possible. While that in itself doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of the smartphone actually reaching European shores at some stage in 2016, it’s just that January might be too early for that to happen, although not an impossibility.
Either way, in the absence of anything concrete, it is difficult to say either way, but phablet fans in the region will be hoping that SamMobile’s latest assertion is just a blip in the radar, and nothing to be overly concerned about. It is worth remembering that the original list of countries that was supposed to get the Galaxy Note 5 at launch included the US and China, but not India. Samsung however, did eventually relent and ended up bringing the device to the country last month, so even an European launch at some stage cannot be ruled out, although it might not happen as early as January.
As a quick refresher on the device itself, the Note 5 is the fifth generation phablet flagship from the South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung, and features a 5.7-inch QHD (2569 x 1440) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. The device is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7420 SoC, and comes with 4 GB of RAM. As for internal storage, the phone is offered in three different options, with the base version carrying 32 GB, while the two other versions come with 64 and 128 GB. The primary camera on the handset comes with a 16-megapixel sensor, while the selfie-cam comes with a 5-megapixel sensor. The smartphone carries a 3,000 mAh battery, and offers the S Pen stylus as its unique selling point.