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Galaxy Note 7 debacle could mean an unexpected bonus for Note 5 users

In the absence of the Note 7 from users’ pockets, Samsung may be preparing to roll out the latest version of Android to Note 5 owners.

A handset bearing the Note 5’s model number has been spotted within GFXBench benchmarking tests running the Android 7.0 Nougat OS (via SamMobile).

Although it has been rumoured for around a month, Samsung is yet to confirm that the Note 5 will receive the update, so this has to be a good sign for those on 2015’s phablet.

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While official confirmation remains elusive, appearances within benchmarking tests are generally a sign that manufacturers are in the final stages of preparing for a roll out.

Samsung has promised a roll out for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users, but the waiting game continues for S6, S6 Edge and Note 5 users.

Would an Android Nougat update encourage you to stick with the Note 5 for another year or do you already have your eyes on the S8, which is likely to ship with Nougat.

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If you’re still not over the tragic loss of the Note 7, we’d recommend switching your attentions to the Huawei Mate 9.

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What’s your Note 7 alternative of choice? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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