Samsung announces Galaxy Note 4 officially

Samsung dropped it big bomb on Wednesday. The company revealed the much-anticipated phablet at its unpacked event in Berlin today.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is official. Of immediate noteworthy mention in the specs department is the 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED HD display, a resolution and size combination that should deliver some pretty remarkable results for those who place the most importance on the device’s display.

As you’d expect, Samsung is looking to make the Galaxy Note 4 available in any market they can get it in. The global launch begins this October.

The Note 4 will be launching in four colours; frosted white, charcoal black, bronze gold and blossom pink. It doesn’t look like the company has plans for a blue version, despite selling a blue Galaxy S5, although that could change in the future.

No pricing information just yet, but expect the standard $600 to $700 range with contract prices coming in at $200 to $300.

SOFTWARE AND FEATURES

Samsung has done work to improve the S Pen and bring even more ridiculous new features. The biggest change is more accurate pressure sensitive, as well as increased levels of sensitivity to simulate writing with an actual pen more realistically. The pen seems to be a bit more thick than usual — big enough to be more comfortable to write with, yet small enough to stow into the phone itself.

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One of the big new features Samsung’s added for the S Pen is Smart Select. This allows you to select multiple lines of text or photos at a time and store them into a clipboard. You can then take the contents of that clipboard and insert them into a scrapbook, email and more without having to click more than a couple of quick button.

They’ve also added a neat multiple selection tool that allows you to select multiple photos at the same time by simply dragging the pen over them. It’s not unlike what you’d do to select multiple files and folders on a desktop computer — should be great for those of you needing to clear out the ol’ photo gallery every now and then.

DESIGN

The Note 4 takes design inspiration from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, as well as the premium Galaxy Alpha, and throws in a few new visual tweaks for good measure. It has a metal frame, a first for a Note handset, to which Samsung has bonded a 2.5D glass front and removable faux leather rear cover.

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2.5D glass is Samsung’s name for a slightly bevelled glass front panel, with edges and corners that protrude upwards from the phone to give the impression that what’s on screen is floating slightly above where you’d imagine it to be.

PERFORMANCE

There was never any doubt that the Note 4 would be a powerful handset, but Samsung has delivered with not one but two different high-powered models. The first uses Samsung’s own Exynos 5433 octa-core CPU, with four cores running at 1.9GHz and four cores running at 1.3GHz, while the other handset uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core chip – making it the first Android handset to do so. It runs at a massive 2.7GHz, blitzing the SunSpider Javascript benchmark in around 360ms.

The other major difference between the two handsets is the intenal modem. The Qualcomm model uses the faster Category 6 LTE modem, while the Exynos model has to make do with the slower Category 4 LTE.

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The Note 4 uses that power to run Android 4.4 Kitkat, with Samsung’s usual selection of Touchwiz UI improvements on top. Both phones have 3GB of RAM and include 32GB of onboard storage as standard. There are reportedly no plans for a 16GB model, but you’ll easily be able to add more storage using microSD cards.

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