Galaxy Note 4: Is it competitive enough?

Galaxy Note 4

Samsung finally lifted the veil off the Galaxy Note 4 two days back with some cool new enhancements in the handset’s and S Pens features. Something that I really respect from Samsung’s keynote was that they emphasized on how they inspired and pioneered the “phablet” generation. From a time when people wanted small phones that could easily fit into their jeans pockets, Samsung started a race that has compelled even Apple to break their tradition of small sized iPhones and go in for bigger ones to meet the staggering needs of people demanding “big displayed” smartphones.

The Note 4’s screen is sized the same 5.7 inches as that of it’s predecessor. That’s rather surprising, since Samsung has always incremented the display size every year. I figure Samsung realized that holding phones larger than this up to the ear might push it too far. The Note 4 has a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, packing a resolution of 2560 x 1440! It’s got a pixel density of 551 pixels per inch! The Note 3 had ppi count of 388, so this quite a good jump. I think that’s quite a kick to the gut of Apple’s Retina Display. Samsung has also thrown in what it is calling an adaptive display, one that changes depending on the light of the place you are viewing the screen for the most optimum viewing experience.

The Note 4 has gotten slightly taller and heavier than the Note 3, but these differences are hardly noticeable in normal usage unless you’re some sort of measuring tape or weighing balance. The Note 4 incorporates the new design introduced by the Galaxy Alpha – a stylish metal chassis, high-quality rear plastic cover and protective screen glass with rounded edges like the Nokia Lumias.

The rear cover of the Note 4 is similar to the Note 3’s except for those distracting stitches along the border. The battery has been upped by 20 mAh to 3220 mAh, and coupled with Samsung’s claim that the efficiency of the hardware has been increased by 7.5%, we might see a phone after all with a great endurance, despite it’s huge display. One pretty bad thing about the Note 4 is that it’s got a USB 2.0 port rather than the USB 3.0 on it’s predecessor. I guess this might have been done so as to pave the way for the Fast Charging technology on the Note 4. The device can now charge up to 50% in about 30 minutes, which is outstanding for such a bulky battery.

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The S5’s fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor has been added to the Note 4 as well, along with a new UV light sensor. It’s purpose is to advise you of the solar index and whether it’s to go out or not. The Note 3 had two mics built into the phone, one at the top of the phone and the other at the bottom. The Note 4 now 3 mics, with the additional one placed at the left edge of the phone. Samsung has added a pretty advanced voice recording app, which can measure audio in up to 8 directions with the help of 3 mics. It will add further noise cancellation and well, I don’t even know whether I’ll even be requiring such sophisticated recording technology in my normal usage.

That was all that I’ve got to share on the design. Now, the hardware. The Note 4’s got a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 with a 600MHz Adreno 420 GPU. The Korean variant of the Note 4 has got an octacore Exynos 5433 chip though, split between 1.9GHz quad-core processor for bigger tasks and a 1.3GHz quad-core for the not-so-big ones. Both will share a 3 GB of RAM, which is the same as the Note 3.

Now one of the biggest features that actually helps the ideal person is it’s upgraded front camera for taking selfies. You can find people taking selfies literally everywhere you look, so having an excellent front camera than competitors is an excellent strategy to attract people. The front camera is 3.7 megapixels with a f/1.9 aperture that takes in more light for better selfies. You’ve even got panoramic effects on the Note 4, so taking panoramic selfies is something that hasn’t been there on any phone till now. The front camera has 90-degree viewing angles and is capable of 120-degree panoramic shots. The rear camera has been upgraded as well to a 16 megapixel one from 13 megapixels.

The Note 4 comes preinstalled with Android 4.4 KitKat and coupled with S Pen, got some good load of newbies. The S Pen can now detect 2048 different levels of pressure, against the previous 1024.

Samsung says the Note 4 will be available starting in October and will come in four color options: white, black, gold and pink. I personally don’t see so many revolutionary enhancements on the Note 4, so it might out lose out to the iPhone 6 coming out in a few days, especially since the new iPhones will now have significant size upgrades.

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