A virtual reality headset, a curving Note Edge screen, a 3G smartwatch and a metal skeleton on the Galaxy Note 4 are the innovations revealed at Samsung's unpacked event in Berlin.
Edging into another Galaxy
Samsung announced two variants of its popular Galaxy Note phablet' at the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin: the Galaxy Note 4, which is a revision of its popular phablet, and the Galaxy Note Edge, a iteration which curves the screen over the smartphone's edge.
The next generation Galaxy Note 4 benefits from a metal chassis and a larger 5.7in screen. Its Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 2560x1440 for a density of 515 pixels in each inch. Samsung presenters touted the quality of its AMOLED display and the benefits it will provide the smartphone's multitasking.
Increasing the screen size and resolution to Quad-HD will demand more power, but Samsung has only increased the Note 4's battery by 20 milliamps to 3220 milliamps.The company claims software improvements has helped lower battery consumption by 7.5 percent, while a fast-charge battery necessitates only thirty minutes for 50 per cent battery.
The Note Edge shares most of its specifications with its sibling Note 4, save for a few differences in screen technology and battery capacity. The Galaxy Note Edge has a fractionally smaller 5.6in, 2560x1440 resolution display, with another 160 pixels assigned to the curve in its screen. The battery is a lesser 3000 milliamps-hour.
The curving display on the Galaxy Note Edge can house additional controls, can be used as a separate screen entirely or for streaming a news strip. Samsung cases leave the strip uncovered for information to be glanceable, such as notifications.
The Galaxy Note Edge is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU. Its sibling Note 4 could be equipped with the same processor, or an 8-core arrangement consisting of a 1.9GHz quad-core CPU and a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU. The type of CPU the Note 4 comes with will be depend on the market.
Both phones have 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and an expandable microSDXC card slot that can accommodate a further 64GB. The smartphone run Android 4.4 KitKat overlaid in Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
Samsung has improved the cameras featured on both phablets. Each phone has a 16 megapixel camera on its rear -- similar to Samsung's Galaxy S5 -- along with a 3.9 megapixel front facing camera. The front cameras benefits from a wide 90 degree lens and apertures of f/1.9. A clever innovation is Samsung's use of the Notes' heart sensor as a secondary shutter key when taking selfies.
Connectivity remains a strength of the Galaxy Notes with dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, infrared and micro high-definition link 3.0, which makes it possible to connect a compatible microUSB cable directly into a television's supported HDMI port.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge will commence a global roll-out in October. Samsung Australia representatives issued the following statement to Good Gear Guide: