Samsung has announced the Note 3’s successor. Although it’s neither water nor dust-proof, the Galaxy Note 4 has inherited the heart rate monitor and finger print scanner from the Galaxy S5. Here are six major changes.
The QHD display
The Note 4’s 5.7″ QHD (2560×1440) display has a dense 515 ppi. The Oppo Find 7 was the first to announce having such a QHD display, but the LG G3 (with the same QHD display) was the first to become widely available. So the Note 4 is catching up. What these comparisons don’t tell you is how color-popping impressive the Note 4’s super AMOLED display is, indoors and out.
Optical Image Stabilization on the rear camera
The Note 4 is said to be the first Samsung smartphone to have this feature, something already present in LG’s 2013 flagship, the LG G2.
0 to 50% charging in half an hour
Built-in UV sensor
This is part of the S Health system and is designed to warn Note 4 users if they are getting a bit too much sun. Yeah. That’s right. Anyway, the Note 4 has 5 UV index levels: Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme.
Not so plasticky build this time
The latest Note now has a metallic frame, veering away from the plastic-all-plastic image of Galaxy models. The Mi 4 also took the same metal frame approach.
More sensitive S-Pen
The comes-with stylus has 2048 levels of pressure sensing, twice that of the Note 3. An S-Pen feature called Smart Select is essentially a scrap-booking tool, allowing you to clip info from one source and another and another and lump them all together for saving and sharing.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is scheduled to arrive mid-October 2014. No word yet on local pricing. Full specs below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs
|CPU/GPU||Snapdragon 805, Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 450 / Adreno 420|
|CPU/GPU||Exynos 5 Octa 5433, 64-bit, Octa-core 4 X 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 Cortex-A57 / Mali T760|
|Display||5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440, 515 ppi|
|Memory||16/32/64 GB, microSD up to 128GB|
|Camera||16MP/3.7MP, BSI Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization, LED flash|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE), IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0|
|Network||2.5G/3G (HSPA＋ 42Mbps), 4G LTE|
|Sensors||UV, fingerprint scanner, heart rate monitor|
|OS||Android 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz|
|Colors||Charcoal Black, Blossom Pink, Frost White, and Bronze Gold|