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Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs

Updated All you need to know about Samsung's latest Android phablet
Fri Oct 17 2014, 12:49

THE GALAXY NOTE 4 was announced during Samsung's IFA press conference, with the phablet looking to challenge the LG G3 and Apple's 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus. 

We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and will be updating it when we hear more, so be sure to keep this page bookmarked. You can also check out our Galaxy Note 4 hands-on review.

Release date
Samsung originally announced that the Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the UK from 10 October, after pre-orders begin at Samsung shops on 19 September. 

However, citing high demand, the firm has since pushed back the Galaxy Note 4's release date to 17 October.

Price
Samsung has yet to cough on pricing details, but the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to feature a price similar to last year's model, which sold for around £550.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in gold with S Pen

 

While announcing that the Galaxy Note 4 will be available from 17 October, Samsung's website - where the Galaxy Note 4 can be picked up for £650 SIM free - currently shows a shipping date of 20 October for the gold model, and October 21 for the black and white versions.

If you don't fancy coughing up £650 for the phablet, Unlocked Mobiles has it a bit cheaper. It has priced the Note 4 at £599.98, and while it's still showing as pre-order, promises a release date of 17 October.

Clove is also selling the Galaxy note 4 at the slightly-cheaper price of £575, and is promising to send out order on 24 October.

EE now has the Galaxy Note 4 in stock, and it can be ordered from the operator's website now. EE's "recommended tariff" offers buyers a Galaxy Note 4 for £59.99, on a 24 month £45.99 per month tariff. This offer includes 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB of data per month. For those after more data, the Galaxy Note 4 can be purchased with either 2GB or 5GB of data, costing £59.99 on a £48.99 tariff, or £29.99 on a £55.99 tariff, respectively.

While it has yet to mention pricing, O2 has been quick to confirm that it will offer the Galaxy Note 4 on its Refresh tariffs, allowing buyers to upgrade early.

Three has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note 4 ahead of its release on 24 October. It's available for £99 on £38, £41 and £44 tariffs, which come with unlimited minutes and texts and 2GB data, 600 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited data, and unlimited minutes, texts and data, respectively. It can also be picked up for free on a £49 tariff, which also offers unlimited everything.

Vodafone and O2 have both confirmed that they will be offering the Galaxy Note 4, but have yet to start selling it online. 

Carphone Warehouse has however, and is sending out orders now. The retailer is offering the handset on a number of tariffs, the cheapest of which is a £43.50 per month Vodafone contract, coming with unlimited minutes and texts and 4GB of data.

Specs
Much like the LG G3 and Galaxy S5 LTE-A, the Galaxy Note 4 arrives boasting a 5.7in QHD screen, complete with a 2560x1440 resolution, besting the HD 1080p display on last year's model. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with Android 4.4 Kitkat

Under the bonnet, the Korean version of the Galaxy Note 4 will pack Samsung's octa-core Exynos chip. However, for the rest of the world it will feature a quad-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip, paired with 3GB of RAM and support for Cat 6 LTE speeds.

The Galaxy Note 4 design is largely similar to last year's model. It retains retains the soft textured back of last year's Galaxy Note 3, but boasts a Galaxy Alpha-style solid metal frame.

Oddly, the handset is both heavier and chunkier than last year's model, however, measuring 8.5mm thick and weighing 176g.

As expected, the smartphone runs Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system, and features the same UX found on the Galaxy S5. Samsung has made some tweaks to the interface however, introducing transparent widgets, dual-screen multitasking improvements and a refreshed S Health app.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in gold with S Pen

Samsung's S Pen has seen an improvement too, and the firm claims it now closely mimics an "analogue" pen. The stylus has been enhanced with 2,048 pressure points in order to replicate a typical pen, and there's also the option to write with a calligraphy pen or fountain pen.

The Galaxy Note 4 features a 16MP camera, the same as the Galaxy S5, complete with optical image stabilisation and the ability to shoot 4K video. There's also a 3.7MP camera on the front of the phone, while the handset's heart rate sensor can act as a shutter release for talking selfies.

The handset also features a 3,200mAh battery complete with the same Power Saving mode found on the Galaxy S5, and a fingeprint scanner built into its home button.

As rumours had suggested ahead of the handset's launch, the Galaxy Note 4 launched alongside a smartphone with a wraparound screen, now known as the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. µ

 

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