Samsung announced the latest addition to its Galaxy Note series flagship “phablet” lineup on Wednesday (Sept. 3), the Galaxy Note 4. The device is set for a release date in October, one month after the Galaxy Note 3 sees its one year anniversary.
With global sales surpassing 10 million units within the first two months, the Note 3’s consumer feedback was positive. Despite the Korean electronic giant’s release of what some viewed as its best smartphone to date, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 promises an even better mobile experience. “With the introduction of the Galaxy Note series, we brought the age-old culture of the pen and notepad into the digital world. The new Galaxy Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series,” CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung, JK Shin said in a news release.
The Note 4 release improves on what the Note 3 has to offer and is bundled with new features. Familiar to the Samsung Galaxy S5 but new to the Note series flagship is an improved fingerprint scanner. The high-tech security feature lets users protect their device and precious data from theft. Samsung also brought the S5’s heart rate monitor to the Note 4 and threw in a UV sensor. The new health-oriented hardware feature can detect and measure UV radiation, a first for mobile devices. Note 4 users can review the recorded UV index levels from the phone’s S Health 3.5 app.
Display: The Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, which translates to a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440. The Note 4 has a 33 percent higher pixel density over the Note 3’s 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display (515ppi vs 386ppi, respectively).
The Quad HD display boasts improved viewing angles with clearer and more vivid images in comparison to a Full HD display. Multitasking is simplified and customizable on Galaxy Note 4. You can choose how you view apps or resize and move apps around on the screen to suit your liking, with one swipe.
CPU/Memory/Battery: Powering the Note 4 is Qualcomm’s latest chipset, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 alongside 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage. If that’s not enough room, there’s an available microSD slot on deck with a max expansion of 64GB. The RAM on hand contradicts earlier rumors that suggested 4GB RAM was to be expected. Still, the Snapdragon 805 chipset comprised of a 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU and new generation Adreno 420 GPU makes the Note 4 a beast for multitasking and gaming. “The Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor to enable a truly comprehensive Ultra HD (4K) solution, bringing the ultimate in high-resolution mobile video, imaging and gaming to smartphones and tablets,” Qualcomm said on its product site.
As AnandTech reports, the Galaxy Note 4’s Snapdragon 805 processor offers 40 percent higher performance and uses 20 percent less power than the Note 3’s Snapdragon 800 chipset. To squeeze even more juice out of its 3,220mAh battery when you need it most, the Note 4 features Ultra Power Saving Mode. First introduced on the Galaxy S5, this battery extending feature promises up to 24 hours of standby time on just 10 percent of battery life.
Design Features: Samsung remains dedicated to combining functionality with style and designed the Note 4 with a premium metal frame, 2.5D glass screen and textured back. The edges of the phone are tapered to allow for a more firm and comfortable grip. Dimensions of the Note 4 are 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm and it weighs in at 176g. This doesn’t stray far from the Note 3’s dimensions and weight of 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3mm and 168g.
S Pen Features: The Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen, like that of the Note 3 features Air Command with Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip and Screen Write. Snap Note joins the existing handy S Pen features like S Note and Direct Pen Input. Ideal for college students, Snap Note lets Note 4 users easily convert class notes, either paper written or from the chalkboard, for quick conversion to the S Note.
Camera Features: Camera hardware specs include a 16-megapixel main snapper on the back and a 3.7-megapixel camera on the front. The front camera has a 90 degree shooting angle by default with wide angle lens wiggle room at a max of 120 degrees for taking group photos. If history repeats itself at the 2015 Oscars, we may see just how many actors fit into a group “wide angle selfie” taken with the Note 4.
Availability: The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will arrive on the global market this Fall, sporting the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, likely up-gradable to Android L. Available in four flavors, including Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink, all major U.S. carriers have confirmed availability of the phone for October. It’s unclear if any of the color schemes are exclusive to select carriers, but do know that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon will all carry the device.
Price: Pricing for the Galaxy Note 4 has not yet been confirmed, but according to GottaBeMobile, the Note 4 will likely cost $300 with a 2-year carrier agreement. Off-contract, the Note 4 could be priced between $660 to $680.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Full Specifications:
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA＋ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)
* May differ by country and carrier
2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor
*May differ by country and carrier
5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Rear Facing: 16 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 Mega pixel camera with f1.9
Rear Facing Camera Features : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera Features: Selfie, Wide Selfie
Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Recording & Playback: up to UHD
Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(＊)
(＊) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
S Pen Optimized Features
Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write)
S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
S Health 3.5
Dynamic Lock Screen
Google Mobile Services
Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Baidu
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE,ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0
Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)
32 GB Internal memory ＋ micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g
Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)
* The availability of each service may differ by country.
* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.