The biggest news from Samsung at IFA 2014 is its launch of its “second flagship” – the Galaxy Note 4, which joins the Galaxy Edge atop the sprawling Samsung smartphone/phablet range. Read on to find out more!
Samsung’s big brawler
Let’s start with the first thing people will look at, the screen. The Note 4’s got a terrific one: a 5.7 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display. It’s got 2560 x 1440 resolution and can supposedly offer excellent viewing angles and really sharp response times.
Pick it up and you’ll notice that this time around, Samsung’s seen fit to incorporate plenty of metal in this version of the Note. It’s got a metal frame, like the one that debuted on the company’s Galaxy Alpha unit. But Samsung’s stopping short of aping Apple by installing a soft and textured back for the rear; by doing so, it’s working to make the Note 4 more grippable and a little less cold to the touch than, say, an iPhone 5S.
Two versions of the Note 4, differentiated by processor, will be sold (availability will of course differ per global market). The first version will be powered by an Exynos 5 system on a chip that will be combined with the big.LITTLE power optimization and Heterogenous Multi Processing power technologies. If that’s not good enough for you, you might be interested in the second one, which rocks a Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz with Krait 450 cores, an Adreno 420 GPU – and 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
Cameras, you say? The Note 4 boasts a 16 MP main snapper with Smart optical image stabilization and Ultra HD video capability, as well as a 3.7 MP resolution front-facing unit (which has an F/1.9 aperture to make your selfies that much sharper).
Other key specs include fifth generation Wi-Fi, NFC and Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that allows users to get up to 50% charge from zero in just half an hour. (The battery, by the way, is 3229 mAh.) The sensor-laden Note 4 (a smorgasbord of sensors here: accelerometer, gyroscope, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor and more) also, per usual, comes with an S Pen stylus and improved features like the Air Command “no touch” feature.
When and how much?
If you’re drooling over a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, you’ll have to wait until October, when the phablet will be unleashed for approximately 800 euros. But this phablet’s first test might just come next week when Apple unleashes its bigger iPhone – that is, if the rumors are true. Until then, keep checking back with us for more phablet news!