Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Samsung Reveals A True Successor In Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has unveiled the much awaited Galaxy Note 4 alongside the second entrant, the Galaxy Note Edge in the Pre-IFA Unpacked Event.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the first Note successor in which the display size hasn't been increased but the features have increased two-fold. The Note 4 features a 5.7 inch display but pushes the pixel density to a healthy 515 ppi from 386 ppi thanks to the QHD resolution the device offers.

Samsung is well known for its SuperAmoled offerings and this one is no different and also comes covered with 2.5D Gorilla Glass, which helps in having curved sides to make swiping from the edge smoother.

The design of the device has also been somewhat overhauled with the Galaxy Alpha's metal frame and S5's faux leather back being incorporated in the phablet.

The Galaxy Note 4 also comes with a redesigned S Pen stylus that offers better grip. The accompanying software (S Note, Multi-window) has also been enhanced.

Just like its predecessors, the phablet will be available in two versions: one with Snapdragon 805 chipset and LTE Cat. 6 connectivity and one with Exynos 5433 chipset and LTE Cat. 4 connectivity. It will be equipped with Android KitKat 4.4 alongwith Samsung's gimicky TouchWiz.

The camera has been upgraded as well with the rear snapper being a 16 MP sensor with optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera has a 3.7MP sensor (matching the pixel count of the screen) and a fast f/1.9 aperture.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features three microphones for noise suppression that is so advanced that a special app can silence selected sources of noise from an audio recording.

The phablet will come in 4 colours: will come in Frosted white, Charcoal black, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink. There's no water resistance though.

Now moving on to its other sibling, the Galaxy Note Edge features a two sided display, yes, not three. The right edge of the screen folds to cover the side of the device and enable unique interactions.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The Note Edge has the same internals at its Note 4 sibling but the display department makes it unique though. The folded side adds an extra 160 pixels so the resolution grows to 1,600 x 2,560 (the highest on a pocketable device yet if you keep note on those things) but it also makes the Galaxy Note Edge a bit wider than its straight-screened sibling.

With the screen locked, the curved screen displays Quick Glance info featuring the time and notifications. When unlocked, shortcuts can be put on the side for easy access or use the curved side for at-a-glance info. Event switching between the pages of the homescreen or the app drawer is also handled by the curved side.

The video player even keeps the controls over the curved screen utilizing its full potential and keeping the main screen only confined to the video.

The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to launch in October while the Note Edge may be out in markets by the end of this year. Pricing hasn't been announced for both the phablets yet.

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