Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been introduced to the world. The pre-IFA event which was held today at Berlin, Germany has revealed the all new Galaxy Note 4. The South Korean tech giant surprised the whole world by launching two variants of the new phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 4 Edge. More on the Edge edition in our next post.
Galaxy Note 4’s Design
All the previous versions of Galaxy Note 4 sported plastic exterior. Some of the rival flagship models have switched to metal components which made the tech world feel that Samsung would surely offer something different this time; and the South Korean tech giant has lived up to the expectations. In appearance, the Galaxy Note 4 looks like the new sibling of Galaxy Note 3.
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As anticipated, it is decked with a thin and sleek metal band on the edges. The corners are curved elegantly. The metal band has a matte finish. The textured faux leather rear gives good grip and appears highly durable. The rear cover is replaceable and you can choose from color options like black and white.
What will amaze you is that the new Galaxy Note 4 is thicker than the Note 3. The front features a 2.5D glass profile which protrudes out slightly and makes the screen appear like floating when viewed from top. The Note 4 phablet is available in four color variants like the frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold and blossom pink. Samsung is expected to roll out a blue colored version of the new phablet in the near future.
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The chassis of the Note 4 is not resistant to water. Well, Note fans were really expecting the Note 4 would be resistant to dust and water. Samsung claims otherwise and said that the device is mainly designed for using productivity features and is targeted towards who are involved in creative works. Users who are looking dust and water resistant feature should contend with Galaxy S5.
The display does not surprise us as numerous leaks had already revealed that Galaxy Note 4 would come with a 5.7inch Super AMOLED displays screen which supports quadHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.
As we had mentioned before it supports 515ppi. The display definitely appears rich and bright but the quad HD resolution does not seem to be the only major reason to go for Note 4.
Processor and Graphics
Galaxy Note 4 with SM-N910S is powered up with Snapdragon 805 quad-core Krait 450 processor which produces a speed of 2.7GHz along with Adreno 420 graphics
Galaxy Note 4 with SM-N910C edition gets its horsepower from the Exynos octa-core processor. The Cortex A53’s four cores and the Cortex A57’s four cores produce 1.3GHz speeds individually.
RAM and Storage
Tech enthusiasts had hoped that Samsung would supply 4GB RAM with the Note 4. However, it comes with the same number of 3GB RAM that is present on the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung has kept it pretty simple this time around when it comes to storage variant options. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be only available in 32GB inbuilt storage option.
The microSD slot can be accessed by simply uncovering the back cover. It is placed alongside the micro SIM card slot. Samsung fans really hoped that the Note 4’s external storage would support up to 128GB microSD but the South Korean giant is not offering that feature this time around.
Sensors and S-Pen
The S-Pen stylus is enhanced like never before. It now comes with high level of pressure sensitivity which means with less pressure you will be able to use the stylus seamlessly. It is like the stylus that comes with a professional drawing tablet.
The tip of the S-Pen is detachable and users can choose from two options, rubber tip for gaming and multimedia related usage whereas the plastic tip is suitable for writing. The new improved S-Pen can be used from different angles too.
The S-Pen comes with a new software feature called the Smart Select which allows you to copy certain portions of any website using the stylus and store it online to view or read them later. The S-Pen can be used like a mouse on a computer to drag and select text or pictures in a gallery. The Snap Mode allows user to take a snapshot of something with text on it and then access the very same text on S Note.
The Galaxy Note 4 is packed with plenty of sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, barometer, fingerprint scanner, ultraviolet sensor, hall sensor and heart rate sensor.
Galaxy Note 4’s Camera
As expected the Galaxy Note 4 will be shipped with a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization. It does not feature the rumored dual LED flash but a single LED flash. The OIS feature springs into action while shooting videos to prevent shakiness. It can record up to 2160p quality videos at 30fps.
The front facing camera is of 3.7MP. It has been designed to take selfie photos. It comes with f/1.9 aperture which makes it possible to snap bright photos in dim lighting conditions. It is even capable of recording good quality 1080p videos. It can snap selfies with an angle of 90 degrees.
The Wide Selfie allows you to compose a selfie which allows you to do more by reaching up to 120 degrees wide angle. The heart rate monitor which sits on the rear side of the phablet can be tapped to shoot a selfie.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes preloaded with Android v4.4.4 KitKat. The multi-window feature is one of the exclusive features offered by this phablet. This feature can be accessed from Recent Apps. The Galaxy Note 4 will let you open multiple apps in separate windows which can be resized and dragged around the screen as you please. The OS is overlaid with the proprietary launcher, the TouchWiz UI.
Connectivity and Battery
The Galaxy Note 4 phablet is fully loaded with numerous connectivity options. 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ b/ g/ n/ ac, microUSB v2.0 (MHL to use as TV-out, aGPS and GLONASS are the connectivity features present on the Note 4. The Snapdragon is slightly lower in LTE connectivity has it comes with Category 4 LTE modem whereas the Exynos device offers faster LTE connectivity as it houses a Category 6 LTE modem.
Samsung was expected to pack the Galaxy Note 4 with a higher capacity battery compared to Galaxy Note 3’s 3200mAh battery. Samsung is not talking much about the capacity of the battery but they are certainly highlighting the performance it can offer. The South Korean tech giant is offering a battery of 3220mAh inside the Galaxy Note 4. If you thought it is disappointing, let us inform you what Samsung revealed about the Note 4’s battery at the launch event.
Samsung’s spokesperson stated that the 3220mAh battery can be charged very quickly. It takes only 99 minutes to fully charge the Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 charges 40 minutes faster than the predecessor. Moreover, it is packed with an ultra power saving mode. When this feature is activated, the battery life can be extended by up to 15.2 days.
Carriers and Pricing
During the launch event, the Galaxy Note 4 release date was not discussed but now speculations are indicating that the phablet will arrive in the first week of October.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will arrive on major US carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular. It is rumored to come with on-contract price of $300. The off-contract is expected to be around $600. In UK, the only carrier that is confirmed to offer the Galaxy Note 4 is O2 and it is expected to sell the new phablet by late September.
Update: 20/09/2014 – Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 4 Release Dates
Coming off the latest buzz of Apple’s newest IPhone 6 and 6 Plus release, Samsung has announced information on their newest member of the Galaxy Note family. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the US via the four major carriers; Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T, who announced dates for availability and prices accordingly.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release dates were also announced for UK, with pre-ordering already underway in select Samsung stores. With newly improved specs and features, the latest edition to the product line will surely have people buzzing as they wait on the newest phablet.