Samsung has just unveiled the fourth generation in its surprisingly popular phablet series. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Galaxy Note 4.
In terms of design, the Galaxy Note 4 is very similar to the Galaxy Note 3, save for a few small details. For example, the metal strip that runs along the side of the device is a bit more straight-edged, and is the same color as the phone itself, which comes in a number of different color flavors. The phone also has the same faux leather removable back.
On the inside, however, the new Galaxy Note seems like a solid upgrade over earlier versions. In terms of the display, it sports a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 Quad-ultra HD “2K” display, measuring in at 518 pixels per inch, which is a 30 percent increase from the GalNote 3.
The company also gave special attention to the cameras, with the addition of Optical Image Stabilization in the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 3.7-megapixel camera (f/1.9) on the front equipped with special selfie-centric features. For instance, users can use the heart-rate monitor on the back of the Note to snap a photo, and software allows for a “Panorama-style” selfie where users can angle the phone to include everyone in the shot. Samsung also promises better low-light performance out of both the front- and rear-facing cameras.
Under the hood, the GalNote 4 has a 3320 mAh battery with special software to help with fast charging. (In the video below, I accidentally said 3300mAh battery, which is incorrect. Forgive me.) The company assures us that users will be able to get to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes of charging, along with an ultra-low battery saving mode.
Samsung has also improved the GalNote’s iconic S Pen stylus, which now acts more like a mouse. Of course, the company made changes to the S Pen so that it would be more natural and fluid for handwriting, but it now has the ability to drag and drop as well as copy and paste more easily. This comes in handy with the new Galaxy Note 4, as the smartphone-tablet hybrid offers more customizable multitasking options.
The phone still sports the same split-screen technology, but now with the option to change the size of windows, minimize them, and move them around to different parts of the display.
Samsung isn’t being very forthcoming when it comes to pricing and availability, but they did say we can expect to see the GalNote 4 in stores come this fall.