A few years ago, Samsung changed the world when it introduced a bigger phone, with a size that Steve Jobs thought no one would buy. Back to present day, and even Apple has had to change its ways, and Samsung is ready with the fourth-generation Galaxy Note, launching in two versions.
“The choice for Australians is extensive,” said Arno Lenoir, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Electronics in Australia.
“It’s not just about more big screens. I think it’s about bigger experiences, and it’s about pushing the boundaries of design and innovation.”
To show that, Samsung will be launching big screens that embrace bigger experiences, better design, and more innovation, and if you like the tablet-sized smartphones we now refer to as “phablets,” the news is good.
In 2014, there will be two new Galaxy Note 4 models, both with big high resolution screens, but with different levels of innovation applied to them.
First there’ll be the one likely to grab your attention, and ours too: the Galaxy Note 4.
As the name suggests, it’s the fourth generation of Samsung’s “Note” fable range, and this time includes a better screen than ever before, which has even won the respect of display testing body DisplayMate, which calls it one of the best screens it has ever seen.
That screen sits at 5.7 inches and boasts the same Quad HD resolution as the LG G3, sitting at 2560×1440, yet on a Super AMOLED panel, working with a light sensor that will change brightness and contrast to deliver a better viewing experience depending on the amount of available light, essentially delivering clear and vibrant detail where ever you are.
At 5.7 inches, this screen boasts 515 pixels per inch, almost 200 higher than the iPhone 6, and a little over a hundred higher than the iPhone 6 Plus, with a bigger screen, too. We could debate Retina resolution until we’re blue in the face, and have in detail before, sufficed to say that this is a sharper resolution that most eyes won’t be able to tell the difference on, with the result making this screen more like the printed text or image, albeit a bright one at that.
Underneath the hood, Samsung has delivered the goods, and this will be faster than most phones from the first half of the year, setting some benchmarks for speed in Australia not just in overall system spec, but also in what it can deliver on 4G LTE.
For starters, there’s a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805, a step up from the 801 we’ve seen all year, and partnered with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, with room to move with a microSD slot.
Android 4.4 “KitKat” will run out of the box with Samsung’s overlay on top, and you’ll find support for 192kHz/24-bit audio (like LG’s G3 had), with connections provided on WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, infrared, heart rate monitor, microUSB over MHL 3.0, and some blazingly fast Category 6 4G LTE connectivity, boasting speeds as high as 300Mbps on a supported telco.
Also of note is the camera, which will not only shoot 4K video like its Galaxy Note 3 brother, but also take 16 megapixel photos with smart optical image stabilisation helping get shots in darkness, while the front camera is boosted to 3.7 megapixels and uses a low-light lens set to aperture f/1.9. Selfies even get a panoramic mode of sorts, with a 120 degree mode stitching several pictures from the front-facing camera for a wider self-portrait.