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Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Note 4 at a press conference during IFA 2014 in Berlin and the hype is real. The Galaxy Note 4 is equipped with a new design that features a metal frame and stronger 2.5D glass on the front to help prevent scratches. Along with that, we’re getting beefed up internal specifications, better camera performance, and new software features…

As far as internal specifications go, the Galaxy Note 4 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display, 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,220mAh battery, and 32GB of internal storage. On the front side you’ll find a 3.7-megapixel camera with better low light performance ( f1.9) and a fingerprint sensor that was first introduced with the Galaxy S5. The back side is home to a 16-megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization and a heart rate sensor.

Check out our hands-on video below:

I was quite impressed with the overall build of the Note 4. The slight redesign with a metal frame makes a huge difference when holding the device. The back panel is still made from the same soft touch plastic found on the Note 3, but the frame adds a level of “premium” to this phablet that Samsung has been lacking until now. The device is only 8.5mm thick and weighs in at 176g.

The S Pen has also been revamped with new features and adds double the pressure sensitivity for a more natural writing experience. Along with that, the Note 4 features battery charging enhancements. When charging up the device, it can go from zero percent to 50 percent in 30 minutes. This “fast charging” technology is similar to what Oppo uses in the Find 7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be released next month, but no details have been provided at this point. The Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink. Full press release below.

Samsung Introduces the Latest in its Iconic Note Series – The Galaxy Note 4, and Showcases Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge

Offering a new dimension to Samsung’s unique Note culture, the Galaxy Note 4

and Note Edge strengthen Samsung’s category leadership with

the most progressive mobile devices on the market

Berlin, Germany – September 3, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Blending an evolved S Pen with a superior viewing experience, the Galaxy Note 4 provides users with the most unique and powerful mobile experience on the market.

“The Galaxy Note series signaled extraordinary innovation within the technology industry. Its larger screen size and iconic S Pen technology launched a new standard in smartphone culture,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of the Galaxy Note series, we brought the age-old culture of the pen and notepad into the digital world. The new Galaxy Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series.”

Powerful Performance that Matters the Most to You

The Galaxy Note 4 embraces Samsung’s heritage of an unrivaled Galaxy mobile experience. Its extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display reproduces clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles, and response times as fast as a millionth of a second, providing a tremendous viewing experience.

Due to its large screen, the refined Multi Window feature is able to maximize the user’s experience providing them with the key to easier multi-tasking. Users can choose how they access their applications with full, split or pop-up screens, and easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe

The Galaxy Note 4 also sports an advanced camera system that is able to reproduce brighter and clearer images. The device is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. In addition, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle so users can take the best group shots with friends.

The Galaxy Note 4‘s wide selection of enhanced essential features enable users to get even more from their mobile device. With the Fast Charging feature and Ultra Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Note 4 charges faster and ensures that users don’t run out of power when they need it most. The Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments. A built-in Voice Recorder offers eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.

The Galaxy Note 4 also offers an improved Fingerprint Scanner, to secure personal data and the world’s first UV sensor in a mobile device.

S Pen and S Note for Everyday Tasks

Making everyday tasks much faster and easier, the Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen has been specifically evolved to serve as the primary tool that users go to for common, everyday mobile device use. This new S Pen offers a much more authentic pen experience, with a more natural brush effect that perfectly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen. The S Pen also introduces a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other intuitive features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select that allows users to create and collect content with ease. A new Smart Select feature enables users to easily piece together content from different origins, and share it with ease.

The Galaxy Note 4 also provides users with a choice of multiple, seamless note-taking methods integrated with Samsung’s S Note application that allows everyday tasks to get done faster and more easily. In addition to typing and writing, the innovative Snap Note feature allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and then quickly and easily convert to an S Note. They can also further unleash their creativity by jotting down their thoughts quickly with Voice Memo.

Premium Yet Functional Design

The Galaxy Note 4 introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design language. The device features a premium metal frame with fluid curvature that seamlessly blends with the device display. The Galaxy Note 4’s 2.5D glass screen, inherited from the Galaxy S3, offers extra protection while perfectly complementing the device’s rich viewing experience. A soft-textured back cover provides incredible comfort that makes it easy to control with one hand. The device not only looks beautiful, but offers a superior grip and enhanced durability.

Introducing Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung’s relentless pursuit of the best in innovation through the optimization of mobile technology and the user experience has led to the debut of the innovative and unique Galaxy Note Edge. Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes. The Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October and the Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Product Specifications

Network 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)* May differ by country and carrier
AP 2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor*May differ by country and carrier
Display 5.7 inch (143.9mm)  Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
Camera Rear Facing: 16 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Smart OISFront Facing: 3.7 Mega pixel camera with  f1.9
Rear Facing Camera :  HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual CameraFront Facing Camera: Selfie, Wide Selfie
Video Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8Recording & Playback: up to UHD
Audio Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC(*)(*) Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support
S Pen Optimized Features Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write)S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input
Additional Features Multi Window
Ultra Power Saving Mode
Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
Download Booster
S Health 3.5
Dynamic Lock Screen
Briefing
Google Mobile Services Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIeGPS / GLONASS / BaiduNFC,  Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE,ANT+)IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0
Sensor Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LEDProximity, Barometer,  Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)
Memory 32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)3GB RAM
Dimension 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g
Battery Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)

* The availability of each service may differ by country.

* All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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4 Responses to “Hands-on with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 (Video)”

  1. password92 says:

    At what point can I not look at a Samsung phone and just immediately recognize how it’s not 100% made/designed by them? When will the copying stop seriously? At this point it’s not even funny to see, it’s expected, shame for them since they probably could have a great phone if it was actually unique.

    • luckydcxx says:

      couldn’t agree more.

    • Who says its not a great phone? Some things apple does better and some things Samsung does better. Obviously Samsung has bigger screens which are super convenient especially for guys who don’t want something dainty, which apple is now copying (I really like the numbers with the letters on the samsung vs toggling between menus like Apple). Apple has better battery life. Samsung has far better cameras. Samsung has faster speeds but the software seems to slow it down more because there are samsung apps and google android apps (and in some cases verizon apps). If samsung streamlined some of this I think it would help.

      Overall, I have an I-phone 5C and a samsung note 3. Personally I like apple’s software in terms of apps being streamlined, both in the App Store and what comes preloaded (I had to delete a bunch of stuff preloaded on the samsung) but overall I prefer the bigger screen of the samsung. I actually find it annoying to go back to the apple keypad on the iPhone or iPad. It just slows you down so much. Plus the photos on the samsung are way better especially in low light. I have no idea why in so many generations of iPhones they haven’t improved. 16 megapixels on the samsung note 4 is very impressive. Plus the ram. It’s really becoming as powerful as a desktop computer!

      • You man have never used an iPhone 5s camera to say that “Samsung has far better cameras” or “samsung are way better especially in low light” and don’t know anything about photography if you base the quality of the pictures on the amount of pixels !!!