Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Metal body, QHD Display, UV Sensor, 16MP Camera and more
The wait is finally over as Samsung today officially announced their new flagship, the Galaxy Note 4. The device has been upgraded from its predecessor, the Note 3 in both hardware and software. As the trend continues Samsung have ported most of its Galaxy S5 features in the Note 4, meaning the Note 4 comes with a finger print scanner, heart rate monitor, S-Health 3.5 and the updated TouchWiz UX running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Although, it should be noted that the Note 4 is not IP67 certified, meaning it is not water resistant (No trying any under water shots). Now let’s to dive down into the tech specs.
The 5.7 inch phablet is truly the best looking of the Note family to date. Maybe its because of the aluminum frame wrapped around the body of the device. The Galaxy Note 4 is the first in the Note family to have an aluminum frame, making it sleek and solid at the same time. This is real aluminum not the faux style material which looks like metal but ends up being plastic. So, after years of ranting from its fans Samsung have finally started using actual metal. They started this look with the Galaxy Alpha – Samsung’s first android phone with a metallic body and now the Galaxy Note 4 joins the family. This really gives the device an elegant, premium feel something its devices have lacked down the years. The phone itself is only 176g, a bit heavier than the Note 3, but you do not really feel the difference. The smartphone will come in 4 colors, Charcoal black, Frost White, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink.
Samsung have again lived up to their “Bigger is Better” mantra for its Note devices, by increasing the resolution of their 5.7 inch display from 1080p to 2560×1440. So, even though the size of the screen is the same the resolution has gone from Full HD to QHD display. If that was not already sharp enough, the Galaxy Note 4 has a Super AMOLED Quad HD display, making it one of the sharpest and most vibrant displays of any smartphone out there. Samsung have always been ahead in the display category, and they out did themselves with the Galaxy S5 and now have improved that further in the Galaxy Note 4. The pixel density of the device is 515ppi. So games just got sharper and more colorful than ever. Though the LG3 has a slightly great pixel density at 538ppi, we’ll have to compare later how the Note 4’s display holds against the LG giant. The glass on the display is not entirely flat either: its 2.5D, meaning it has a subtle bend around the edges making for better viewing angles. The response time of the display is a millionth of a second, so bye bye lag.
The S-Pen or the stylus has 2048 levels of pressure sensing, which is double than the one found in the Note 3. What this does is make the writing experience even better and smoother. The S-Pen also gets a few new features, one such feature is called Smart Select which allows you to capture several pieces of information at once. For example, you could clip a couple of car pictures from various websites, and even those in your gallery, then can send them all together by just dragging the bunch to an email or share via any other app.
Another cool feature, which i personally found very useful is the Snap Note feature which can automatically straighten images taken with the camera, and then convert any text into editable copy. Imagine you have copy a lecture from your friend your the class board, now no longer the days you’ll have to right down, just take a snap and your done.
The new S-Pen features have been inspired by our Desktop PC’s mouse, so now you can minimize app windows and drag them around to multitask. The windows can now become as small as just a single icon, which hovers around the screen. The S-Pen can now copy/paste text more easily, due to the improved highlighting of the text, similar to what you would do with a regular mouse. The S-Pen App also has a nice widget for quicj access to all its functions right on the homescreen.
Dynamic Lock Screen
The Galaxy Note 4 has a neat new feature called the Dynamic lock screen, which basically means you will have different wallpapers on the lock screen every time you wake up the phone. This is done via data or a wifi connection as it uses third party clients such as Yahoo to come up with the wallpapers. You can also use this feature without data or a wifi connection by using the pictures in your gallery.
The Galaxy Note 4 is the first device to come with a UV sensor, which tells you how much sun you are getting. This is really helpful considering the places where the ozone layer is depleting. There are 5 UV index levels: Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme. This is will warn users how much UV radiation they are getting from the Sun.
It all started with the Galaxy S5 and now the Note 4 has the fingerprint scanner, but it has been improved upon. All the functions of the GS5 Screen Lock, Private Mode, Samsung Account Verification and PayPal Payments will be available in the Note 4.
Now, a normal smartphone would have a single microphone the Galaxy Note 4 has three! Thees microphones helps capture sound from 8 directions. The interview mode isolates the interviewer and interviewee thanks to sound cancellation making it more clear. The microphones also help in improving the sound quality of phone calls, especially when using the phone’s speaker. Interesting little function for reporters there.
The most important feature of the phone for most people is the battery. The Galaxy Note 4 comes with a 3220mAh battery, which is powerful enough in its own right. Though how much the QHD display will suck the life out of it is still to be seen. The Ultra Power Saving Mode is also present which gives your device a 24 hour plus battery life even on 10%. Now one more cry Samsung have heard form their fans is that bigger batteries mean longer charging time. Well Samsung have come up with a new technology called Adaptive Fast Charging and QC2.0 which charges your phone 0 to 50 percent in half and hour. The full charge happens 44 minutes earlier than the Note 3. Samsung deserve an applause for that!
Another question to ponder on when purchasing a new smartphone is the storage capacity, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with 32GB internal memory with a microSD card slot which supports upto 64GB. So, you have plenty of memory to spare even with the amount Samsung apps and its TouchWiz use. The RAM on this bad boy is still 3GB same as the last year’s Note 3, which is at par with the industry top tier.
The Galaxy Note 4 is run by the fastest processor made up to date, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 2.7Ghz Quad-core processor. It also comes with an Octa-core variant which has Samsung Exynos 5 SoC with ARM’s big.LITTLE and Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology 1.9Ghz Quad+1.3Ghz Quad core processors. This makes the Note 4 a very powerful beast indeed.
The camera has been bumped upto a 16 Megapixel sensor, compared to the 13MP found in the Note 3. The rear camera also come with Smart OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), so shaky pictures or videos are a thing of the past. The front shooter is the first of its kind for Samsung, having a 3.7MP wide angle sensor with f1.9, for taking selfies with a lot of people in QHD. The option is called “Wide Selfie” which allows users to take a 120 degree Panorama, so more people can now easily fit in for a quick selfie. Taking a selfie has become easier as well, thanks to the fingerprint sensor acting as a shutter button.
Complete Tech Specs
The Galaxy Note 4 is a welcome addition to the Note family, the highlight of the device being its body. We have not been able to say this for the past Galaxy devices, as they were all focused on ergonomics and had full plastic bodies. Now, they have finally started using metal. Even though it is just the frame, but it is a start in the right direction for Samsung. Overall the device is a beast, running on the two most fastest processors out there the Exynos 5 Octa and the Snapdragon 805 depending on which variant you choose. It is a fast, sleek premium looking device, which is likely to hold its zone in the market very well. The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in most markets from October and will be priced between $600 to $800 off contract.