Samsung Goes Premium With The Galaxy Note 4

The Note 4 is very similar to its predecessors, but the company has worked hard to improve on the weak points


Samsung has unveiled what is possibly its most crucial product of the year – the ultra large Galaxy Note 4. With Apple most likely getting into the phablet game this year, it's of great importance for Samsung to defend its market share in the segment. The device is very similar to its highly successful predecessors, but Samsung has worked hard to improve upon its weak points.

The Galaxy Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED display, just like the Note 3, however the resolution has been bumped up to Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels). Unlike with last year's Note, Samsung hasn't felt the need to increase the screen size any further, but surprisingly the company has increased the non-screen real estate meaning the Note 4 is a little larger.

Due to the demand for a more premium device from Samsung, the company has stuck to its tried and tested methods of launching variants of the same product, this time however they've done things differently. The company also unveiled the Galaxy Note Edge, sporting the world's first bent display, but more on that later.

The Note 4 shares its design with the recently unveiled Galaxy Alpha, meaning you get the same metal band running around the side and even the faux leather back. In a way, this is similar to what Apple did with the iPad Air and Mini (and is expected to do with the iPhone 6), two similar looking devices in widely different sizes.

The devices frame also housed the propriatory S Pen, which Samsung now says is even better because the Note 4 has twice the pressure sensitivity of the Note 3. Imaging is taken care of by a 16MP primary shooter at the rear and a 3.7MP camera up front. You also get the fingerprint reader on the front and the heart-rate monitor at the back, carried over from this year's Galaxy S5.

Powering the Galaxy Note 4 is either a quad-core or octa-core processor, coupled to 3GB of RAM. The device will also come with 32GB of in-built storage and will be expandable via a microSD card. The Note 4 will run Google's latest version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, and will in all probability receive the Android L update soon after the new OS is out.

There's no word on the pricing of the Note 4 just yet, but expect it to be in line with that of last year's Note 3. In another move, the company has also unveiled the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that's powered by the Galaxy Note 4 that uses software built by Facebook's Oculus.

TAGS: Samsung, GALAXY Note 4, Phablet, Galaxy Note Edge, Gear VR, IFA 2014