Samsung finally took the wraps of their flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 at their Unpacked press event in Berlin at IFA 2014. The device has seen it’s fair share of rumors and leaks in the past few months, but it seems the Korean OEM was somehow successful in keeping the device a secret. For those of you who missed the Unpacked event, here’s everything you need to know about the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
1. Display and Design
Design was one of the major concerns for the potential Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers. We saw several rumors last year as well that Samsung will make dramatic design changes with the Note 3. Well, the changes were there — we got a faux leather back — but it was not what everyone was talking about. This year, the fans had similar expectations since the Korean OEM launched the Galaxy Alpha featuring an aluminum frame, which looks quite good. As expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 turned out to follow its design cues with a metal frame with a soft textured back cover, which gives the device a more premium look. The handset measures 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm and weighs only 176 grams.
As rumored, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launched with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with better viewing angles, vivid colors and faster response time when compared with its predecessor.
There were all sorts of rumors flying around the web with some hinting at a 16MP camera while others went for 12MP. Well, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 16MP camera with smart optical image stabilization to balance camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. The rear camera also support HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, rear cam selfie and more. The device features a 3.7MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture with a wide-angle lens to help the users take better selfies.
3. Other Specifications: Processor, Storage, etc.
As always, the Korean OEM launched two versions of their flagship phablet: one is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7, while the other variant comes with an octa-core Exynos 5 Octa 5433 chipset with four cores running at 1.9GHz and the other four running at 1.3GHz. Both variants are targeted towards different markets, with the Exynos one usually lacking 4G connectivity and is for international markets.
Both versions of the phablet feature 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot for expansion. There’s a 3,220 mAh battery on board to make sure your device can give you better battery timing. Samsung said the device can charge to 50 percent in 30 minutes thanks to its Fast Charging feature. The Ultra Power Saving mode introduced with the Galaxy S5 is also present to help you extend the battery time of your device.
Additionally, there are multiple microphones and an improved speaker on the device for better noise cancellation in loud places. S Pen is also present in the device to make your day-to-day tasks easier. The S Pen also introduces a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with several other features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select. As far as the connectivity is concerned, the handset comes with support for 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe, GPS / GLONASS / Baidu, NFC, IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0 and MHL 3.0. There’s a fingerprint and UV sensor on board as an added security measure on the device.
4. Operating System
As far as the operating system is concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat as its operating system out of the box with the company’s TouchWiz UI on top of it.
5. Release Date and Pricing
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will hit retail in four color options: Blossom Pink, Bronze Gold, Charcoal Black and Frost White in October. The handset is expected to come in several global markets, but the versions — Snapdragon and Exynos — may vary depending on the region and carrier. As for pricing, Samsung failed to provide any information about it, but it will be revealed as the availability date draws closer.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appears to be a top-notch Android device, boating top-of-the-line specifications on board. It would be interesting to see the pricing strategy Samsung will adopt once the smartphone hits retail in various markets. We’ll update you as soon as the Korean OEM reveals the pricing plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 — outright and carrier subsidized.
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