The much-awaited Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been unveiled and details such as release date, availability and price have been confirmed.
The device, which was released along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ last week, is currently up for pre-orders and is all set to hit stores on 21 August.
Availability and price:
AT&T: The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (32 GB version) is available on AT&T for $249.99 with a two-year contract, and for $739.99 without contract.
The device can be bought by paying $222 down and $18.50 in instalments over 28 months. The carrier also offers the device in other payment plans - $37 per month for 20 months; $30.84 per month for 24 months and $24.67 per month for 30 months.
The 64 GB version is available for $349.99 with a two-year contract and $839.99 without contract. Under the down payment plan, the device is available for a down payment of $252 and $21 for 28 months.
The carrier also offers the device in other payment plans - $40.75 per month for 20 months, $33.96 per month for 24 months and $27.17 per month for 30 months.
T-Mobile: The 32 GB version of the device costs $699.99 without contract. Under the carrier's Simple Choice plan, the device is available for $0 down payment, with the amount payable in 23 months at the rate of $29.17 every month, with a $29.08 onetime payment. In the Jump On Demand, buyers can pay $25 every month for 18 months.
The 64 GB model is available for $99.99 down and $28.34 monthly for 23 months with a onetime payment of $29.08 under the Simple Choice plan, while in the Jump On Demand plan offers buyers to make no down payment and pay $25 monthly for 18 months. It costs $779.99 without contract.
Sprint: The 32 GB variant of Galaxy Note 5 is available for $249.99 with a two-year contract and $720 without contract. The carrier also offers payment option plans of $25 monthly for 24 months and $30 monthly for 24 months.
The 64 GB variant is available for $349.99 with a two-year contract and $816 without contract. Under the carrier's down payment plan, a buyer can opt to pay $34 every month over 24 months.
Verizon: The 32 GB model of Galaxy Note 5 is available for $696 without contract and for $29 monthly payment spread over 24 months under the new payment plan. The 64 GB variant is available for $792 and for $33 monthly payment over 24 months under the carrier's down payment plan.
Best Buy: The 32 GB model of the device is available for $249.99 with a two-year contract and 64 GB for $349.99.
US Cellular: The 32 GB model of Galaxy Note 5 is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract .
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is perhaps the most powerful phablet currently available in the market with a 5.7-inch WQHD super AMOLED touchscreen and 2560x1440p (515 ppi pixels density), an Exynos 7420 SoC processor, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 32/64 GB internal memory, 4 GB RAM, a 16 MP main camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), a 5 MP front camera and non-removable 3000 mAh battery.
However, the two biggest fears of Samsung fans and gadget lovers have come true, with the Galaxy Note 5 seen without the microSD card slot, a feature that has become synonymous with the Note series of devices. Many may find 32/64 GB not enough.
Another apprehension of Samsung fans ahead of the Galaxy Note 5 announcement was the possibility of the device coming with a non-removable battery. Sadly, this too has come true.
The new device comes with a much-improved 3000 mAh battery but gadget lovers may still wish to have a removable battery, as the handset will consume lots of power due to its screen size and resolution.