IFA: Samsung adds to phablet series with Galaxy Note 4


Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, EE and O2 confirm sale of the device later this month; manufacturer also shows off curved Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 4 – the latest in its line of premium phablet devices. It follows the Galaxy Note 3 from September 2013.

The Galaxy Note 4 is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core processor and runs the latest version of the Android OS – KitKat 4.4.4. Also equipped is Samsung’s S Pen stylus and a metal frame around the device.

It has a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixel) Super AMOLED screen which Samsung claims reproduces clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles and response times as fast as a millionth of a second.

A ‘Multi Window’ function is included to enable multi-tasking. Users can choose how to access apps with full, split or pop-up screens, and change the size and positioning of apps on screen in one swipe.

The Galaxy Note 4 has a 16 megapixel rear camera with ‘Smart Optical Image’, Stabilizer, which the manufacturer says counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark light.

There is also a 3.7-megapixel front camera with a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle to enable group shots with others.

It also has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card, a fingerprint scanner, multiple microphones, a voice recorder and Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, EE and O2 have all confirmed they will begin selling the Galaxy Note 4 when it goes on sale in the UK next month.

It will be available in black, white and pink. Phones 4u has secured exclusive rights to sell the gold variant for the first eight weeks of sale.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The manufacturer has also introduced the Galaxy Note Edge, which comes with a curved 5.6-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen.

It said this provides the users with easy access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – when the cover is both open and closed. Notifications can also be received directly on the Edge’s screen while watching videos without disruption.

All the basic core specifications – processor, OS version, camera, RAM and memory are the same as that seen on the Galaxy Note 4.

The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in black and white in selected markets through /Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year. UK availability will be announced in due course.