Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has announced two flagship devices the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge at Samsung’s Unpacked event at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
Samsung, which pioneered the Android phablet in 2011 with the introduction of the first Galaxy Note, has introduced a number of improvements on the latest Galaxy Note 4, which include an enhanced UX user interface, front and rear camera upgrades, and some additional S-Pen functions.
The most interesting part of the Samsung’s Unpacked event is on the new Note product. Samsung takes the design and concept of the Note to the next level with the Galaxy Note Edge, a smartphone that features a unique curved edge screen that functions as a quick access bar to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb.
“The Galaxy Note series signaled extraordinary innovation within the technology industry. Its larger screen size and iconic S Pen technology launched a new standard in smartphone culture,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of the Galaxy Note series, we brought the age-old culture of the pen and notepad into the digital world. The new Galaxy Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series.”
The Galaxy Note 4 features 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display and the large screen allows users to take advantage of the Multi Window feature for easier multitasking.
With the improved Multi Window function, users can choose from full, split or pop-up screens to access applications. They can also easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe.
The Galaxy Note 4 is equipped 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. It is also now fitted with a better 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 aperture that offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle. Using this phone for selfie can now include more friends in the frame.
Other features of the Galaxy Note 4 include the following:
- Clean and vibrant UX inherited from the Galaxy S5 and the presence of the transparent widget. Also more customization of the lockscreen through a dynamic lockscreen feature.
- Fast charging feature and improved power saving mode: It will only take 30 minutes to charge the phone’s battery to 50 percent.
- The presence of multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments.
- The built-in Voice Recorder also gets improvement and now offers eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.
- 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.
- 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 a new Smart Select that allow users to create and collect content with ease. The Smart Select feature allows users to use the S-Pen like a PC mouse—making it possible to select and piece content such as images or texts from different web or app sources and share it with ease.
- The Snap Note feature allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and then quickly and easily convert to the S Note. They can also further unleash their creativity by jotting down their thoughts quickly with the Voice Memo.
- 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.