BERLIN: Samsung has unveiled its latest top-end phablet the Galaxy Note 4, alongside a special edition version of the device, called the Galaxy Note Edge.
The Korean firm unveiled the handsets at its IFA keynote in Berlin, claiming they are Samsung's most enterprise-ready smartphones to date. The Galaxy Note 4 is the flagship phablet and comes running a heavily customised version of Android 4.4 KitKat.
It follows on from the legacy set by its predecessor the Galaxy Note 3, and is bundled with a wealth of business features, including its S Pen dockable stylus.
S Pens have been a strong selling point for Galaxy Note devices and are designed to offer users a variety of productivity perks, such as the ability to scribble notes in apps such as S Note, or edit photos using the device.
Samsung claims the Galaxy Note 4's S Pen stylus is twice as pressure sensitive as the Note 3's and lists it as its most advanced to date. Outside of this the new S Pen features enhanced multi-window support and new Smart Select and S Pen Mouse features.
The reworked multi-window feature lets users swipe using the S Pen to minimise open windows and pull up new apps. Smart Select is an innovative feature that lets users select several pieces of content in a row and simultaneously share them as attachments in messages. S Pen Mouse is designed to make it easier to select and edit text using the S Pen.
The Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge feature the same fake leather-finish backplate and metallic sides as past Note devices. Despite measuring in at a travel-friendly 8.5mm, the Galaxy is fairly heavy, even by phablet standards, and weighs 176g.
From a hardware front the Galaxy Note 4's 5.7in QHD 2560x1440 Super Amoled display is one of its most interesting features. The screen is coated in "2.5D" curved glass that according to Samsung is "significantly tougher" than competing smartphones' displays.
Camera-wise the Galaxy Note 4 comes loaded with a 16MP rear camera, with optical image stabilisation, and a 3.7MP front camera. The rear camera matches the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Note 4 will run using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Samsung listed the Galaxy Note 4's battery life as key selling point. The firm said the Galaxy Note 4's 3,229mAh battery will include a Fast Charging feature that lets it charge from zero percent to 50 percent in 30 minutes.
The Galaxy Note Edge is a special edition of the Galaxy Note 4. It features a custom 'Edge Screen' that curves around the phone's right that is separate from the phone's main display. It features seven scrollable windows that can be customised to show various bits of information from different apps.
There is no word about when the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge will arrive in the UK or how much it will cost. Check back with V3 later for hands-on reviews of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.
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