Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge unveiled; Edge features Curved Display
Finally Samsung has taken the wrap off most anticipated Android device, flagship Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014. And this time the company has brought up two Notes instead of its usual one, and the second one is surprisingly impressive Galaxy Note Edge with edged-display, yea yet another Galaxy Round-like device, but the difference is the new device has curve on the two sides growing down to the back body.
However, let’s take a peek into these two devices’ specifications and features. We go with Galaxy Note 4 first. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a worthy successor to its flagship phablet family. And it is fact that no other company has been able to challenge its authority in the market despite a lot of efforts from its competitors.
The new Galaxy Note 4 has got inspired by its own Galaxy S5 but not without a little twist in design. For instance, the Galaxy Note 4 has a metal frame around its edge just like recently launched Galaxy Alpha which will certainly be welcomed by users, but that doesn’t mean Samsung has completely replaced its plastic love for metal. The back of the device stays intact plastic with textured design. And the device has thin bezel (a bezel-less design would be cool though) and back has a slight curve that should provide some comfortability to hold this massive device. The Note 4 has a 8.5 mm thickness and weighs 176 grams, that is not a bad for such a massive device. And the new phablet will be available in Frosted white, Charcoal black, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink.
In terms of specs, the Galaxy Note 4 is not a phablet without its S Pen digitizer and this one is not exceptional either. The phablet boasts 5.7-inch, Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution AMOLED display that the company claims to be more sensitive than before so writing on the screen with S Pen should be smoother ad should feel like a standard pen. The S Pen boasts to work as like mouse, means it can be used to select multiple images by dragging over the many thumbnails of photos in your gallery as you would do on your PCs. And the company has also enhanced its S-Note app, that will let you edit photos and the app will recognize its position and will automatically rotate it even though the image is tilted. Moreover, the display is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 which has a curved sides making swiping from the side smoother. And also offers impressive 515ppi density that is 80% more than its previous model.
Internally, the device is built around Snapdragon 805 chipset with LTE Cat 6 or Exynos 5433 chipset with LTE Cat. 4. The phone offers camera with 16MP sensor on the back and a 3.7MP shooter on the front for video calls. The camera boasts optical image stabilization and a fast f/1.9 aperture. And both models will have a removable battery, microSD card slot, and optional Qi wireless charging.
Other features include USB 2.0 that I unfortunate that the company stepped back from USB 3.0 and the reason for that seems to be people’s unfamiliarity with the technology. That sounds a weak argument though and it is not water-resistant either.
On the software side, the Galaxy Note 4 will be running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat right out of the box with Touch Wiz atop and you will get all the goodies and features that the company since Galaxy S5 launch. And powering this beast is a 3,220mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is set to October, and pricing is yet to be revealed.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Next up is the whole new Galaxy Note Edge and just like its name implies, the device has a curvy display down to the back body. The device should have some unique features as well utilizing this curve right?. The company claims to offer unique interactions.
Basically the Galaxy Note Edge is Note 4, but the difference is its curved display thus extra 160 pixels, beefing up its resolution to 1,600 x 2,560. The Note Edge offers the same S-Pen functionality as well as same camera features. The device has the same 16MP camera on the back and a 3.7-megapixel cam for video calls with wide f/1.9 aperture.
Under the hood, the Galaxy Note Edge rocks a Snapdragon 805 quad-core system chip clocked at up to 2.7GHz. And the device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top.
And don’t worry about accidentally touching the curve, the device is smart enough to feel the difference. With the phone locked, the curved side can display the Quick Glance info and when it is wide awake, the curve will show you notifications for various features, including timer and flashlight shortcuts. In unlocked mode, you can also use the curve to keep shortcuts on the side for easy access. Samsung has a plan to launch API to enable third party app builders to utilize this curve.
Unlike Note 4, Note Edge has slightly smaller battery 3,000mAh. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn’t given any hint on its pricing and availability. But expect the device to be a bit expensive than the Note 4. So that is all about these new Notes and take a look at the gallery below and, feel free to share your thoughts with us.