Samsung introduces the latest Galaxy Note 4, alongside a new experimental phone, the Galaxy Note Edge with a unique display.
The Galaxy Note 4 continues the Note tradition with the large screen size (same as the Note 3) and the iconic S Pen. It is now equipped with a Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display and an improved camera system. Note 4 now comes with a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. In addition, the front-facing camera with f 1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle for better selfies.
One of the best innovations in the Note series is the Fast Charging feature. This allows the ability to fast charge the Note 4 and the Note Edge to 50% within a short span of 30 minutes. This can come in extremely handy with the high power consumption of users today. The Galaxy Note 4 also offers an improved Fingerprint Scanner, to secure personal data and the world’s first UV sensor in a mobile device. What’s the UV Sensor for? It will be used as part of the S Health Suite, to measure the level of UV light in the area, which can be harmful to you. Sounds rather gimmicky though.
Improved S Pen for the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge
One of the key innovations for Samsung has always been the S Pen which till date remains one of its key advantages compared to other manufacturers. The S Pen has further evolved, with an improved pen experience, with a more natural brush effect that emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen. The S Pen also introduces a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other intuitive features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select that allows users to create and collect content with ease. A new Smart Select feature enables users to easily piece together content from different origins, and share it with ease.
Introducing Galaxy Note Edge
The Galaxy Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information and engage with their mobile device. The curved section of the display, which wraps over the phone’s right edge, operates independently from the main area of the phone, giving users a persistent area from which they can launch apps or view information, even while the cover is closed. It appears to be an offspring of Samsung’s evolution and innovation process – whether it is actually useful or note remains a question mark.
Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.
Availability of the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge
The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October and the Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year. Galaxy Note 4 should be available in Singapore as per the first market in October, with Singtel / Starhub / M1 to organise their respective pre-order specials for the Galaxy Note 4.