Samsung’s IFA Unpacked Episode 2 event has just concluded and its latest releases are already causing a buzz. Of course the main announcement and unveiling, which Samsung had for so long kept from the public was the new, updated version of the Galaxy Note 4.
While similar in form factor to the Note 3, the new version nonetheless features a metal band running around the side of the device. This is similar in form to the company’s earlier Galaxy Alpha release, and marks a departure from the all-plastic finish of previous generations. In addition to this, the phone features a variety of soft back covers, which are being offered in four colours: black, white, gold and pink.
In terms of screen, the phone boasts a 5.7 inch Quad-High Definition Super AMOLED display which Samsung believes is much sharper in quality than the LCD displays offered by competitors. Underneath the hood the phablet contains an improved processor and a slightly bigger battery. Samsung also has noted the fact that these new features will put strain on the devices battery life, so it has taken care to improve the overall efficiency of the device. The Note 4 will have 8% more battery life, due to these tweaks, if Samsung's claims are to be believed.
Software-wise, the phone features some notable additions to the South Korean manufacturer’s proprietary TouchWiz Android skin. New features allow for functions such as split screen multi tasking, where a user can run a “windowed” version of another app while a full screen primary app is also running. In addition a partnership with Yahoo images has enabled Samsung access to a wide range of High-Def photos which it plans to use as customisable background options.
Supplementing this, Samsung has spend a large amount of time perfecting the use of the S Pen stylus. The most updated version of this peripheral can now function more like a computer mouse than its predecessors, through click and drag, and square selection modes. Furthermore, this pen has been optimised to facilitate a more natural writing experience, with a pressure sensor which has double the sensitivity of its predecessor.
All in all, the Note 4 is a phablet which while not particularly shocking in terms of design, nonetheless has something which will satisfy everybody. This combined with Samsung’s massive marketing apparatus will almost ensure that this product is a hit.
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