Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The king of phablets has arisen once again. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 5 during a packed event in New York City. Its got a revamped design that’s more comfortable to hold and lovely to behold, as well as top-of-the-line specs and a brand-new S Pen stylus.

We had hands-on time with the device, and came away impressed. We’re working on a full review, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the Note 5, including where to buy it. Read our full hands on review here.

Available at Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint

Samsung stated that the Galaxy Note 5 will be available in stores on August 21, but it’s already up for preorder. If you don’t want to pay full price with Samsung, you can get it from the main carriers in the U.S. Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint have all announced pricing for the phablet.

Verizon’s prices

Verizon is offering the Note 5 on its phone installment payment plan. Preorders kick off at 3 p.m. EST on August 13, and some stores will have the devices on display for customers to check out. The device won’t be on sale in stores until laster on. The pricing is as follows:

  • 32GB Note 5: $29 a month for 24 months; 0% APR (full retail price $696)
  • 64GB Note 5: $33 a month for 24 months; 0% APR (full retail price $792)

Verizon has two promotions for customers to consider, too. For a limited time, customers will get a minimum credit of $200 when trading in an old phone and purchasing a new Note 5. Also, if you bring your number to Verizon from elsewhere, you’ll get a $100 bill credit within 2-3 bill cycles for each new smartphone you purchase or activate.

You can preorder the Note 5 here.

Sprint’s prices

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Sprint users can get the Galaxy Note 5 on a leasing plan, a two-year contract, or Sprint Easy Pay installments. The prices are listed in the picture above.

Sprint has a special offer for customers who buy the Galaxy Note 5 on a Sprint Lease or Sprint Easy Pay plan. The carrier will grant them a guaranteed minimum credit of $200 when they trade in their old smartphone, provided it works, the promise of an early upgrade after one year, and a free Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. Of course, you’l have to pay to activate the tablet and pop it on a new two-year contract plan with data. It’s a limited-time offer, so if you’re interested, jump on it.

Preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 kicked off at 3 p.m. ET Aug 13 online and over the phone. The Note 5 starts shipping Friday, August 14, and arrive in stores on Friday, August 21. You can preorder the phone here.

T-Mobile’s prices

T-Mobile customers can pre-register for the Galaxy Note 5 on the Uncarrier’s website. The Uncarrier will even show off the phones in stores to customers starting on August 14, before the devices officially hit store shelves. T-Mobile also has a number of promotions for customers who buy the Galaxy Note 5.

  • Jump On Demand deal: Customers who buy the Note 5 with T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand through September 30, get the 32GB model for $0 upfront and just $25 a month.
  • One free year of Netflix: If you preregister for the phone on T-Mobile’s site before 11:59 p.m. PST on August 20 and get your Note 5 by September 30, you’ll get an entire year of Netflix for free. Once customers get the new Note, all they have to do to redeem the offer is visit SamsungPromotions.com/T-MobileNetflix to get their Netflix promo code, which is redeemable at Netflix.com/SpecialOffers. Those who already have Netflix will get a $107.88 credit ($8.99 x 12 months) on their existing account.

Otherwise, the pricing for the 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on T-Mobile’s Simple Equipment Payment Installment plan is $0 down and $29.17 for 23 months, plus $29.08 for 24th month. You can pre-register for the Galaxy Note 5 here.

AT&T’s prices

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AT&T users can get the Galaxy Note 5 on a two-year contract or a payment installment plan without a contract. The pricing for the Galaxy Note 5 depends on which plan and amount of storage you get. Those who buy the 32GB Note 5 on a two-year contract can get it for $250. The 64GB version costs $350. The full retail price that AT&T Next users end up paying off-contract is $740 for the 32GB model or $840 for the 64GB model. The monthly installments customers pay on AT&T Next are detailed in the picture above. You can preorder the phone here.

AT&T is also offering a few promotions for customers who buy the Galaxy Note 5. Here’s a breakdown of the current offers:

  • TV Bundle Offers: Any DirectTV and AT&T U-Verse TV customers who join AT&T’s phone plans will get a $300 bill credit for each line they join to the network when they buy the Galaxy Note 5 on AT&T Next. Customers who have a smartphone that’s up for trade in get an additional credit or promotion card for $200.11.
  • AT&T Samsung Buyback Offer: Current customers who upgrade to a Galaxy Note 5 on AT&T Next can get a minimum $200 trade in value in the form of an instant credit or promotion card when they trade their old phones in.
  • Switcher Offer: New customers that switch to AT&T from another carrier get a Galaxy Note 5 on AT&T Next get a $100 bill credit and $200 buyback credit when they turn in their old smartphone.

High-end specs

As expected, the Galaxy Note 5 has killer specs and a revamped S Pen to go with them. Here’s a rundown of the specs:

  • Display: The Note 5 has a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution .
  • Cameras: A 16-megapixel camera is on the back, and there’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Video shot on the phone should be rock-steady, thanks to new VDIS tech paired with optical image stabilization tech. The Note 5 also has a the low-light sensor.
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop runs on the Note 5.
  • Processor: Samsung decided on the Exynos 7420 64-bit processor, combined with 4GB of RAM to make the Note 5 zippy and fast.
  • Storage: Samsung offers both 32GB and 64GB variants of the Note 5.
  • Charging: The Note 5 packs a 3,000mAh battery that works with fast wireless charging technology, It supports both wireless charging standards.

Read our full hands-on for more detail on the Galaxy Note 5. We’ll soon have a full review for you, too, so stay tuned!

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