Samsung’s premium phablet the Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. The company also announced a new version of the Note, the Note Edge. So what are the specifications of the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge like? We take a quick look. Interestingly, the Note 4 can also be paired with the Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Headset.
As the rumour mills had predicted, Samsung has given this smartphone a Quad-HD display with a 2560×1440 p resolution on a Super AMOLED screen. The screen is 5.7-inches in size which is the same as the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung has just boosted the pixels on this one and the pixel density has gone up from 386 ppi in Note 3 to an astounding 515 ppi. The display on the Note 4 is a Super AMOLED, and it’s covered by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3.
Where the Note Edge is concerned, it has a 5.6-inch screen but the resolution is Quad HD+ at 2560 x 1440 + 160. (It has 160 pixels extra) The name of the device comes from the screen, where the right edge of the screen folds to cover the side of the device. Basically on this curved edge of the smartphone, users get quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed or the screen is locked.
Processor, RAM, Memory Space
Like the Note 3, the Note also comes in two processor versions, one with a 2.7 GHz quad-core one and another with an 1.9 GHz Octa-core processor. The quad-core one is with Snapdragon 805 chipset, which brings LTE Cat 6 support and the Octa-core processor has Samsung’s Exynos 5433 chipset and LTE Cat 4 connectivity. The Galaxy Note Edge is only coming in one version with a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor.
Both smartphones comes with 3 GB of RAM. In terms of memory space, the Note 4 will come only in a 32 GB version, while the Note Edge will have a 32 and 64 GB version. Both smartphones will support microSD upto 64 GB. It is strange Samsung hasn’t launched a 64 GB version of the Note 4.
The OS is Android 4.4 (KitKat) along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI as well.
Samsung says Note 4′s camera is much more advanced. The device has 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) system to deal with camera shake. It also automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. The front camera is a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle to allow wider shots such a group photo from the front camera. The Note Edge also has the same camera specifications.
The Galaxy Note 4 has a a Li-ion 3,220mAh battery along with Fast Charging. Samsung Note 4 also has an Ultra Power Saving Mode to preserve battery. The Note Edge also comes with fast charging but a 3000 mAh battery.
S-Pen, Fingerprint scanner
Samsung has continued its customary improvements to the S-Pen and according to the company the Note 4 and Note Edge’s S Pen have a more user-friendly Air Command functionality. Other features include Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select.
There’s also the Snap Note feature which allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and then quickly and easily convert to the S Note. The Note 4 also has a Fingerprint scanner, a Heartrate monitor and according to Samsung, this is the world’s mobile with a UV sensor. The Note Edge also has all these features as well.
According to Samsung the Note 4 also has multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation and a built-in Voice Recorder which offers eight directional voice tagging. Sadly, all those eye-scanner rumours didn’t come true.
Colours, availability: Samsung continues with its tradition of giving weird names to the colour of their devices. With Note 4, the colour names are “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink”. The smartphone goes on sale in October and the company hasn’t specified the price. When it launches in India, it would be very surprising if the device is priced less than Rs 50,000 like the last version of the Note.