Yes, its that time of the year already. Samsung is all set to unveil its mega phone “Galaxy Note 4” on October 10 in the UK and a week later in the US as announced by the company today. This latest entrant in Galaxy Note series will be available for pre-orders first thing tomorrow.
AT&T has separately announced that it will start shipping pre-orders on October 14th, though the carrier isn’t specifying a date for widespread retail availability yet. The price set for Note 4 is $299.99 on contract with 2 per month plans while the contract-free version will be available for $825.99, which is unexpectedly costlier than an iPhone 6 Plus.
The Note 4 was already a highlight device for Samsung, combining its latest and best technological advancements, but now that the iPhone 6 Plus has arrived, it stands as the most direct challenger to Apple’s incoming device.
In previous incarnations, the Note has featured Samsung’s signature plastic design, but now it is encased in a metal frame (chamfered edges, hmm! looks familiar), with higher quality glass that makes its 5.7-inch Quad HD display (that’s 4k in case you were wondering) appear more vibrant and deeper than ever.
The Galaxy Note’s S Pen has been updated to offer a more authentic pen experience, helping users to write down thoughts and ideas with ease. Other features such as ‘action memo’, ‘screen write’, ‘image clip’ and ‘smart select’ also aid content creation and collection.
The Note 4’s fast charging feature and ultra power saving mode mean the device has longer battery life and charges faster than previous versions of the device. As far as we can tell, the Note 4 runs the same version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface (Not Again!) on top of Android 4.4 KitKat as the Galaxy S5 does.
It has the Galaxy S5’s 16-megapixel camera, and adds optical image stabilization, which makes a big difference in steady shots while holding a big phablet in one hand. HDR preview mode is a recent benefit, as is improved low-light performance. A 3.7-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera has been made to maximize selfies quality. Samsung is emphasizing gestures and voice commands to trigger the shutter and take a front-facing shot. You can also turn on a front-facing camera timer, which, incidentally, HTC’s One M8 uses by default.
Power users and gamers have scored a good one in the Note 4’s 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which is even faster than the S5’s 801 chipset . The RAM provided is 3 GB and 32GB internal storage, with an option to expand by 64GB more.
The Galaxy Note 4 is undoubtedly the most powerful device from Samsung’s stable yet. People will definitely like the metallic approach and the amazing display. The price is where things start going south for Samsung. For $826, contract free, this thing is way costlier than a decent laptop. Furthermore, with rivals like the iPhone 6 Plus and LG G3 already gathering favorable reviews, Samsung has a lot to figure out! We’ll know once the device hits the markets!
Cover Story by Rahul Punyani, edits from Ritvij Pathak.