Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 4 a couple of minutes ago at ‘Unpacked Episode 2‘ hosted simultaneously in Berlin, Beijing and New York.
The fourth-generation phablet is no larger than its predecessor at 5.7-inch (14.4 cm) at first sight, yet the most noticeable improvement concerns the display department. – The Galaxy Note 4 packs an impressive Super AMOLED display which translates to a pixel density of 515ppi given the 2560×1440 resolution, making it the first Samsung flagship phablet to break the 1080p ceiling!
The Galaxy Note 4 features 2.5D Gorilla glass that essentially translates into a subtle bend along the edges of the screen along with faux-leather style on the back. The frame also borrows the premium aluminium frame from the recently announced Galaxy Alpha!
Things under the hood are obviously flagship-grade as Samsung continues its tradition of in-house proprietary SoCs with its 20nm Exynos 5433, the latest addition to their Exynos SoC lineup. The latter is the first high-end chip based on the ARMv8 architecture (AArch64 state) in a 8-core big.LITTLE HMP configuration packing four of ARM’s top-notch ‘big’ Cortex-A57 cores backed by four ‘little’ Cortex-A53 cores, each pair ticking at 1.9GHz & 1.3GHz respectively. The SoC also features ARM’s latest midgard high-end GPU offering; the Mali-T760MP clocking at 600MHz as we covered in our previous article.
Select regions will however get another variant with the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 instead of the Exynos flavour, the latter will feature four 2.7GHz Krait 450 cores and the Adreno 420 GPU clocked at 600MHz. The rest of the spec sheet is pretty much similar to what you’d expect from a flagship device; 32 or 64GB of onboard storage expandable via MicroSD, 3GB of RAM and 16MP main shooter accompanied by a 3.7MP camera for your selfies, all powered by a 3220mAh unit.
Samsung also announced their long rumoured USB-powered Gear VR headset, an accessory that will immerse the user into the world of virtual reality, developers were also given a sneak peek of the VR’s functionality which will be made available via the Gear VR SD. A refreshed version of TouchWiz UI running on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat runs the whole show but Samsung will release an ‘L’ upgrade when the latter is made available. Samsung has also packed some new exclusive Gear VR apps via select partners alongside the traditional set of Samsung Apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sports the usual array of sensors such as the heart rate monitor that we’ve seen on the Galaxy S5. Connectivity features include LTE cat 4 for the Exynos variant and cat 6 for the Snapdragon 805 version.
The phablet is scheduled to hit shelves in Europe around October at an introductory price of €600 ($800) unlocked.