There has already been an official announcement from Samsung regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – one of the phablets from Samsung which has become the focus of the gadget fanatics today.
As the launch date of Note 4 nears, let us have a look at the features and specs of the best phablet, Galaxy Note 4.
Note 4’s Display
Just like what predictions said, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 uses a display size of 5.7 inches, as well as an AMOLED display with QHD resolution. This only means that it has 2,560 x 1440 pixels, matching the LG G3 smartphone’s resolution and making it the highest resolution used by Samsung today. It really uses a one-of-a-kind display, displaying vibrant colors, amazing viewing angles, deep blacks, as well as incredible detail. It appears brighter compared to Samsung Galaxy S5.
Samsung has already made use of its 2.5D glass for the front portion of this handset, along with its corners and edges that are rounded. This aims to trick the eyes of its user into thinking that whatever is on the screen appears closer. It is, indeed, a very interesting effect which is really effective – something that has never been seen from other smartphones before.
Though it is using a similar screen size as the Note 3, Note 4 really stands out due to the metal frame that it has. It is also inspired by the Galaxy Alpha which has metal surrounding its front glass entirely and it comes with a rear cover made of faux leather. It really gives the device appear rigid and strong and it makes it look like a premium handset. It also comes with premium features coming from the Samsung Galaxy S5, just like the fingerprint sensor which has been placed into its home button, as well as the monitor for heart rate on its back portion.
If you are used to using handsets that are large, the Samsung Galaxy Note4 is not going to feel weird in your hands. It has frame edges that are curved, thin chassis, as well as a rounded glass which will make you concentrate on using your phone, not on thinking whether or not you can hold the phone and drop it.
Though the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is using similar dimensions as Galaxy Note 3, Samsung still was not able to find some room for a battery that is bigger. It comes with a 3220 mAh cell that can be removed. It also allows you to charge it faster, which means that you may gain 50% in just 3o minutes – something that you will enjoy, especially if you are always rushing. It is also interesting to know that Samsung used their standard connection which is MicroUSB, instead of their USB3 port that they used on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 3. This only suggests that users were not really looking at the advantages of transfer speeds that are quicker.
Samsung has also made improvements when it comes to their back and front cameras, as compared to the Note 3. Its rear camera has a 16MP sensor – something which was last seen in the Samsung Galaxy S5. With Note 4, too, there have been upgrades with the stabilization of its optical image, making the camera shake reduced and making the user enjoy photos that are free from blurs.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s front-facing camera is using a 3.7MP sensor, along with an aperture that is f/1.9, which means it can capture 60% more light when compared to its previous version. It also has a field of view of 90 degrees, which is also around 20 degrees wider when compared to Note 3. People should also never miss the chance to put additional software features, since Samsung has already added their Wide Selfie mode to capture in just one image up to 120 degrees. This can be done by tilting the person’s phone to the right and left, helping you capture you and your friends in just one go.
In addition, Samsung also got to tweak its user interface, Touchwize, again for its Galaxy Note 4, bringing upgrades on its UI elements, text and icons for the support of a screen with a higher resolution, borrowing several ideas on design from Google. The window for Recent Apps are also arranged in a tile stack, like Android L, though there exists an icon next to the compatible tiles which brings you directly into the mode for Multi Window.
The Exciting S Pen
Obviously, Note 4 also comes with the S Pen stylus of Samsung, as well as the software for S Note, which have both applied 2014 upgrades. The said pen also is made using new and grippier materials which may now support up to a pressure sensitivity of up to 2048 levels. This paved the way for fountain pen and calligraphy – two new effects for the brush and just like what their names say, they can mimic their equivalents in the real world. The S Pen is also very comfortable to write with and to hold, though you are just making precise sketches or writing down fast notes.
The Smart Select feature has also been added into the menu for air command. This allows the user to select and save multiple objects independently, as well as import them altogether into just the significant application. Pulling down coming from the device’s top right portion of its screen turns the open app automatically into the floating one, which can be displayed on top of the other applications. Also, you may already use the said pen just like how you use the PC mouse, by dragging and clicking to select just anything that you can see on your screen and have them save into your scrapbook. Among all of the new additions, Snap Note can be seen as the most impressive one, which capture an image of writing, then turns it into an object that can be edited. Also, it may capture at an angle and make the image flattened, with each line that is available for independent editing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 also includes so many premium and free apps, due to the Galaxy Gifts promotion of Samsung.
Note 4 Release Date
Release date of Galaxy Note 4 is possibly October 14. But reports suggests this could happen as early as October 3. Verizon has revealed that they have already started taking pre-orders for the Note 4 phablet. On contract the Note 4 is priced at $299 on Verizon.
Sprint has announced that they are charging $0 down payment and a $30/monthly for a 2 year contract. In fact Note 4 has been released in some of the Asian markets and managed to beat the release date of iPhone 6 from Apple. Whether Apple sales record for iPhone 6 will be beaten is yet to be seen by Note 4.