Unlock Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – Announced in early September, we can expect Samsung to release the much awaited Galaxy Note 4 first in selected retailers in the UK from september 26th and then from October 17th on in the US.
Following up upon the successful Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and fixing all of the general complaints, the Galaxy Note 4 will sport a huge 5.7 inch QHD display, metallic body, neat back and elegant stylus… plus a heart rate monitor, new S-Pen, multitasking and more.
QHD Display means a monstruos resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, the same amount that a 27 inch iMac has but compacted down to a density of 550ppi, taking the “retina” marketing moniker to a whole new level. Comparing to the newly released Apple iPhone 6 Plus, with “only” 1080p resolution, this is really impressive, at least in paper. One would say that such a high pixel count will affect battery life and performance, well, with the help of 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage this is hardly a problem. Not to mention the huge 3200mAh Lithium-Ion battery with quick charge capability (meaning that the battery capacity can go from 0 to 50% in half an hour of charging). Adding up the big battery with this processor’s optimizations, you should get by a day of heavy use with no problem. But the jury is still out on this one, until the full reviews come out.
The metallic body: resembling maybe the old iPhone 4 concept, this phone now feels really solid thanks to a metal band that runs around it. It’s not plastic painted to look like metal. It is actually metal. And that makes a huge difference holding it in your hand. They also removed the fake stitches on the back cover, those that tried to make you believe it was real leather. The fake leather is still there but it is a bit more discrete, giving the whole package a more elegant and serious look. This is no toy, this is now a premium phone.
The stylus, or S-Pen as Samsung calls it, has also been redesigned: it is now thinner, it has tiny tip for pressure sensitivity and its color matches the one of the phone.
The back camera is the same as the Galaxy S5, 16 megapixels.
The heart rate monitor is in the back, next to the LED flash. It is also the same one as the Galaxy S5, you have to slide your finger across it to use it.
In the software department, it comes with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat and the usual Samsung Touch Wiz on top of it. Love it or hate it, there it is… with a very useful addition this time: taking advantage of the huge screen, comes Samsung multi window multi tasking. This means that you can resize almost any app and shrink it down to a portion of the screen to have another one running at the same time. This can prove very useful in many cases and I think Google should consider moving forward in this direction, so multi window interfaces come standard to all android phones.
In conclusion, this is a very nice all around update, addressing the cheap construction feel that the previous versions had and also challenging all other manufacturers with an impressive screen and powerful processor. If you don’t mind big phones, this one is a very good choice.