SAMSUNG SURPRISED NO ONE with the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday, as it has been the topic of rumours for months.
The Galaxy Note 4 is the latest flagship smartphone to join Samsung's phablet lineup, and the firm clearly is looking to challenge the LG G3 by configuring the smartphone with a Super AMOLED QHD 2560x1440 resolution screen.
While the Korean version of the Gaaxy Note 4 will ship with Samsung's octa-core Exynos 5433 chip, elsewhere it will feature a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor. This comes paired with 3GB of RAM, and the Galaxy Note 4 will be available with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 64GB - not 128GB like the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Note 4 design 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.
It does boast an upgraded S Pen, though, according to Samsung, which has updated that with 2048 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 software on the Galaxy Note 4 is largely the same as that on the Galaxy S5, with Samsung skinning the handset's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system with the same UX user interface as its flagship smartphone. Samsung has made a couple of tweaks though, including improvements to its S Health app and enhancements to dual-screen multitasking.
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 Cat 6 LTE connectivity, a 3,200mAh battery complete with the Power Saving mode found on the Galaxy S5, and a fingeprint scanner built into its home button.
Samsung has yet to announce pricing and release date details for the Galaxy Note 4, but it said that the phablet will be on store shelves by the end of the year. µ
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