Back in October this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 4 in India with a price tag of Rs 58,300. As you would expect from a Samsung flagship device, the phablet is filled to the brim with high-end specifications and features. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
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Samsung has combined the best bits from the Galaxy Alpha and the Galaxy Note 3 in designing the Galaxy Note 4. Similar to its predecessor, the new phablet too has faux leather back, but gone are the stitching on the edges. The back now looks better than before and the leather gives the device a nice premium feel to the device. Also Read - Gorilla Glass DX, DX+ to now protect your phone cameras, will debut on a Samsung phone
The Galaxy Alpha-inspired metal frame on the sides not only lends some weight to the device, but also enhances the premium factor of the device. The metal frame also protects the device from damage in case you were to drop it.
The display has a slight curve, which again looks much better than a flat panel. The curved panel also gets Gorilla Glass 4 protection, which in other words means you won’t have to worry about scratches. As for dimensions, the phablet is 153.5 tall, 78.6 wide and 8.5mm thin. As for weight, it weighs 176 grams.
Let’s take a look at the specifications. The Galaxy Note 4 flaunts a 5.7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, and a pixel density of 515ppi. As we have seen on other Samsung devices as well, the Galaxy Note 4’s display too is Super AMOLED.
As for power, there is plenty on hand with a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM. Such numbers mean you can throw anything and everything at the device, and it will take it easily in its stride. On the storage front, it features 32GB internal storage that can be further expanded using a microSD card.
For photography lovers, there is a 16-megapixel camera at the back, and a 3.7-megapixel snapper up front. The rear camera includes features like dual shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR, and the ability to record videos at 2160p@30fps, and 1080p@60fps. The rear snapper also includes what Samsung calls the “Smart Optical Image Stabilizer.” This feature essentially counter-balances camera shake for clearer photos, and when the lighting is not optimal, it automatically extends exposure time to compensate.
As for selfie lovers, the front camera should offer plenty of options. The ‘Selfie angle’ on the phablet has been bumped up to 90 degrees, and there is also a wide selfie mode with a 120 degree viewing angle that lets you include just about everyone you want your group selfie. To make it simpler to click a selfie, you can either use the fingerprint scanner on the front, or the heartbeat sensor at the back as the shutter button.
The phablet also features a big 3,220mAh battery, which the company claims is good enough for up to 20 hours of talktime. The phablet also includes Ultra Power Saving mode, which can drastically increase the battery life by shutting down all but the most essential apps and services. Samsung has also introduced fast charging mode, which can charge the battery from zero to 50 percent in about half hour, which would normally take an hour.
The Galaxy Note 4 was launched with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board, wrapped under Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The company has however announced that the device will soon be receiving Android Lollipop update as well.
As mentioned above, the Galaxy Note 4 includes a bunch of features that enhance the user experience. For one, just like the Galaxy S5 launched earlier this year, the phablet too features a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button, and a heart rate monitor placed below the primary camera at the back. The functionality is similar to what you get with the Galaxy S5.
Samsung has however considerably improved the S Pen stylus that comes bundled with the device. The improved stylus comes with advanced handwriting recognition system, and enhanced pressure sensitivity that improves the way you write on the device. The Smart Select feature acts more like a PC Mouse, and lets users select multiple items on the phone and share them easily via email or social network.
Other features include improved multitasking, which offers a PC-like experience. So essentially different windows can be minimized, and those minimized windows appear as small icons. You will also be able to change the size and positioning of apps on the screen to make full use of the large display.
Samsung has also improved the voice recording functionality on the Galaxy Note 4 and has included three microphones (one on the front, and two at the bottom). There are also two modes of voice recording — Meeting and Interview. In the first mode, you can tag up to eight people according to their direction, and selective playback lets you listen to a particular person’s voice in a group conversation. In the Interview mode you can suppress all ambient noise and only focus on the subject of the interview. Another impressive feature is called the Photo Note, which basically lets you click a photo and it converts it into a note that can be edited.