Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is now official, and we’re bringing you every little tidbit of information, as only Android Central can.

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Be sure to check out our Here, now, are the complete and official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs:

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE) : 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps) or 4G (LTE Cat 6 300/50Mbps)

Processor

2.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor
1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) Processor

Display

5.7 inch (143.9mm) Quad HD Super AMOLED (2560 x 1440)

Operating system

Android 4.4.4 KitKat

Cameras

Rear Facing: 16 megapixel autofocus camera with smart OIS
Front Facing: 3.7 megapixel camera with f/1.9 aperture
Rear Facing Camera : HDR (Rich tone), Selective Focus, Rear-cam Selfie, Beauty face, Virtual Tour Shot, Shot & More, Dual Camera
Front Facing Camera: Selfie, Wide Selfie

Video

Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8
Recording & Playback: up to UHD

Audio

Codec: MP3, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, AMR-NB/WB, Vorbis, FLAC Ultra High Quality Audio (~192KHz, 24 bit) support

S Pen features

Air Command (Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip, Screen Write), S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen Input

Additional features

Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder (Normal Mode, Interview Mode, Meeting Mode, Voice Memo)
Download booster, S Health 3.5, Dynamic Lock Screen, Briefing

Google Mobile

ServicesChrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search, YouTube

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe
GPS / GLONASS / Baidu
NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.1 (BLE, ANT+)
IR LED (Remote Control), USB2.0, MHL 3.0

Sensor

Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED
Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)

Memory

32 GB Internal memory + micro SD slot (up to 64GB)
3GB RAM

Dimensions

153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm, 176g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-ion 3,220mAh, Fast Charging (Adaptive Fast Charging & QC2.0)


Samsung Launch Galaxy Note 4 Early After Success of iPhone 6

The massive response to Apple’s bigger iPhone 6 models has inspired Samsung to push up the launch of the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet, according to a news report.

A Samsung employee said the “positive reaction from consumers to those two Apple devices prompted us to launch the Note 4 earlier than previously scheduled,” according to The Korea Times.

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Apple set a new record for opening sales with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, doling out some 10 million units in the first 72 hours of retail, the company said. In a statement, Tim Cook said Apple “could have sold many more” with a greater supply.

The Galaxy Note 4 was originally slated for release in October, but its Korean launch is planned to be pushed up to Sept. 26 in response to the Apple sales surge, The Korea Times reported. No word on how this would impact the U.S. market, but the Note 4 is available for preorder in the states, with shipping penned to begin Oct. 14.

Samsung is known for its larger-display phablets, a fact it recently used to poke fun at Apple in an ad mocking the heftier-than-usual iPhone 6 Plus.

If bigger is better, the Note 4 — with a display of 5.7 inches — edges out the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5.

On top of that, the Note 4 has a Quad HD resolution and a fast-charging battery, the company says. It also runs on KitKat, Android’s latest operating system, and a 2.7GHz quad-core processor.

The time for the Galaxy S6 is now

The new iPhone is here and it’s amazing. The new Moto X is here and it’s brilliant. But where’s Samsung? The Korean company that still sells the most smartphones worldwide seems to be off in the corner, doodling on its Galaxy Note 4 and muttering under its breath about how it invented the big-screen smartphone. Samsung can feel justifiably proud for showing the way, but its lead has been undermined by its American competitors who can now claim to have the two best phones on the market. A response is called for, and it must be something more substantial than sharp-tongued ads, it should be something corporeal that people can buy. A Galaxy S6, perhaps.

Samsung is alone among Android phone manufacturers in being able to turn a consistent and reliable profit from the venture. Motorola makes awesome handsets, but keeps bleeding money. Sony just put a $1.7 billion price on its failure to develop a legitimate mid-range phone portfolio, and HTC is reeling so badly that breaking even is now considered a financial success. LG is doing merely okay. The point about Samsung is that this company has figured out how to make the most out of a very tricky market and deserves credit for a series of correct decisions that have earned it its current position.

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The problem now is that faster-moving competitors are making Samsung’s offerings appear inadequate, disjointed, and behind the times. At the moment, the most attractive Samsung phone is the Galaxy Alpha, the most durable and versatile Samsung phone is still the flagship S5, and the most advanced and capable Samsung phone is the incoming Note 4 (or its near-identical sibling, the Note Edge). So if I walk into a store today and say, give me Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 6, which of the three would you offer me? There’s no obvious and satisfying answer. Granted, the Note 4 matches up well against the iPhone 6 Plus, but for all the praise both devices have received, they will not be either company’s best selling device. Samsung needs a Note 4 mini to go up against the iPhone 6 regular.

The 4.7-inch Galaxy Alpha is intended to play the role of iPhone 6 party spoiler. It’s as well designed and good looking a Samsung phone as there’s ever been, but is compromised on the inside. Its battery is almost a third smaller than that of Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact (which is roughly the same size), and the Galaxy S5’s waterproofing and microSD memory expansion are both lost in the translation to a smaller and thinner device. The Galaxy Alpha also can’t record video at 240fps like the iPhone 6 can. The new super slow motion video in the upgraded iPhones is just part of an excellent new camera system that sees Apple grabbing the spec lead in a way that makes a real difference.

Beyond the imperative to respond to refreshed high-end competition, Samsung would also do well to simply shift its annual upgrade cycle. Every year, the next big Galaxy handset is introduced around March and on sale sometime in April or May. Every year, the biggest sales and revenues from electronics are made in November and December in the buildup to the gift-giving season. As good as Samsung’s mobile strategy has been so far — and as many Galaxy S devices as the company has sold — it’s never been optimal to have a half-year-old flagship phone competing with newer and shinier competition. And now things are even more muddled thanks to the existence of the prettier Alpha and the upgraded Note.

I want the beautifully crafted 4.7-inch body of the Alpha together with the new camera, long-lasting battery, and display excellence of the Note 4. To put it another way, I want an iPhone 6 running Android and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Sony comes closest with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Moto X is in the vicinity but has grown too large without improving its camera enough, and LG and HTC refuse to sincerely compete at this size. For all the scorn Samsung has received for copying the iPhone, a great deal of its success has actually been built on being a technological leader — whether it be in chipsets, displays, or battery technology. All I’m asking of the company now is to bring them all together into one reasonably sized device. It’s okay to follow Apple’s lead if that means an awesome and uncompromised phone for those of us who prefer using Android.

It’s been a long time since a Samsung flagship phone could be shown to be unequivocally better than the competition. With the big Android L update coming up and the new iPhone threat already here, isn’t now the perfect time for Korea’s foremost electronics maker to reassert itself as the king of Android?

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now available in the UK

Right on schedule, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has become available to purchase in the UK. Although today is the official release date for the handset, not all retailers seem to have it in stock already.

There are exceptions, though. For example, if you’re willing to get the Alpha with a two-year contract, Carphone Warehouse is happy to oblige. It will give you the phone for free if you choose a plan that costs at least £33 per month.

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Over there the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is currently available in black and white, but on October 3 you’ll also get to choose from two additional hues: silver and blue (the latter being exclusive to Carphone Warehouse).

Speaking of exclusives, the gold Galaxy Alpha will only be sold in the UK by Phones 4u. Although you can currently order one from this retailer’s website, it’s unclear if it’s already in stock or not. To pay nothing upfront, you’ll need to choose a two-year plan that will set you back at least £34.50 per month.

If you’d rather go the SIM-free route, for now your only choice seems to be Unlocked Mobiles. This retailer is asking for £499.87 for a Samsung Galaxy Alpha sans any operator commitments. Clove and Expansys are also going to offer it in SIM-free form, but it’s still unclear when.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Blackberry Z30 – Comparison of Interface and Software Specifications

Samsung released the Galaxy S5 handset with a different approach with respect to the design and features of its flagship smartphone.

The handset does not come packed with a plethora of enthusiasm for the potential user. However, the Galaxy S5 is the product for the people, looking forward to have a delightful smartphone experience. The GS5 comes equipped with requisite features and specifications, which are meaningful and offer the user with an enhanced smartphone experience. The aim of the company is to provide the potential user with a decent smartphone experience, not to complicate it.

In comparison, the Blackberry comes equipped with a large screen, bigger battery and a superb processor, running the state of the art, BB 10.2 operating system. The Blackberry Z30 is the new flagship smartphone from the company, replacing its predecessor, the 4.2-inch Blackberry Z10 smartphone.

Let us compare the two handsets in terms of their interface and functionality.

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Interface and Functionality

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Android version 4.4.2 KitKat powers the Galaxy S5’s TouchWiz user interface. The handset has been given simple visual enhancements; such as built-in widgets appear flat and simple looking, offering solid colors to the user. Overall, the UI has been improved to provide the potential user with a simple, cleaner and a more polished look. The introduction of tap effect and effective response timings offer a great UI experience.

Phonebook: The dark layout, user friendly and large buttons offer the potential user with great smartphone experience. The AMOLED displays offer darker colors while consuming less energy. The dialer comes equipped with numeric keys, which are spacious as in its earlier siblings. The contact list comes with similar options as that of its predecessors.

Messaging: The messaging application of the GS5 handset offers the user with flattened visuals and a helpful set of options. The built-in QWERTY keyboard works better in the landscape mode, providing the user with bigger letter keys.

Fingerprint Sensor: The fingerprint sensor is placed under the display of the GS5 handset. The user has to swipe the finger across the screen, for the sensor to recognize the fingerprint. However, the success rate of the sensor recognizing the fingerprint is very less as compared to that of the Apple iPhone 5S handset. It is better to register the index finger or any other finger onto the device, which can be placed perfectly in the position to provide a better success rate.

Heart Rate Monitor: The heart rate monitor is designed to track an array of parameters in relation to your health. A finger placed on the LED flash, located on the back panel, would calculate your pulse. The S Health offers the user with a plethora of other fitness applications.

Blackberry Z30

The BB 10 OS is snappy, fluid and polished, similar to any other modern day smartphone operating system should be. The new UI of the Blackberry Z30 offers the user with a smooth functioning of the smartphone along with giving its adversaries a run for their money. The Blackberry 10.2 offers the user with neat features, aiming to make the life easier for the potential user. The company has put in a lot of efforts, for the user to gain access to the notifications with ease.

Messaging: Blackberry handsets are renowned for their messaging dexterity. The user friendly QWERTY physical keyboard is a boon to have. However, the BB Z30 comes equipped with a touchscreen, with a different keyboard layout. Despite the touchscreen not being equipped with latest gimmicks, the on-screen keyboard does not fail to impress the potential user. The bigger display of the Blackberry Z30 comes equipped with large and responsive buttons.

Software: The BB Z30 handset comes equipped with a plethora of apps, approximately 70,000 apps in the Blackberry World. However, they are not complete in terms of features, as compared to similar apps on other platforms.

Overall, both the handsets offer the potential user with a great smartphone experience.

Samsung takes a stab at Apple for joining the phablet word

It took Apple a crazy 5 years to finally consider increasing the screen size of its beloved iPhone from 3.5-inches to 4 with the iPhone 5. Even so, many believed that there was more opportunity for growth as Apple continued to push for the importance of one-handed usability. Yesterday’s launch of the bigger iPhone 6, and the gigantic iPhone 6 Plus marks a complete contradiction to the company’s mentality, and as a result, competitors begin chiming in.

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The Samsung Mobile crew in Philippines tweeted a photo that repeats a famous phrase from the late Steve Jobs: “No one is going to buy a big phone,” and with some added text that reads: “Guess who surprised themselves and changed their minds,” along with some added publicity for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Steve Jobs became famous for saying this at Apple’s Antenna Gate event for the iPhone 4 after referring to devices like the Motorola Droid X and the HTC HD2. Jobs even went as far as to call these two particular phones “Hummers.”

If you think of it, Samsung has a point. You could argue that Apple doesn’t care about being late to any particular game as long as it does things better than the competition, but it’s hard to find any improvements in the iPhone 6 Plus when compared to any of the Galaxy Notes ever launched.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, news and features

The all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has now been officially unveiled, but what does the successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 actually bring?

Well there’s no change to the size of the screen, which still comes in at the whopping 5.7 inches that we have come to know and love, but Samsung has made some significant changes to that killer feature.

That 5.7-incher is now a Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

You can check out our hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review for our first impressions of just what has changed in this latest generation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date and price

The Galaxy note was announced at IFA 2014 on September 3. Samsung had sent invites for an event advising people to ‘Note the date’, which was a bit of a give away, and so it proved.

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We’re still waiting to hear an exact release date for the phone in territories around the world, but it looks very likely that it will launch in September, if not trickling into the start of October.

There’s been very little said about the price yet, but a listing on Indonesian site erafone puts it at IDR 9,499,000 (or roughly £490 / $810 / AU$870) which seems believable, especially since those conversions don’t include local taxes. Better start saving.

An amazing screen – again

First up, screen size. The original Note came with a 5.3-incher, the Note 2 showed up with a 5.5-inch display and the Note 3 pushed things to 5.7 inches.

Going by this logic the Galaxy Note 4 should have come with a 5.9-inch display, which would see it match the HTC One Max and LG G Pro 2, while still falling short of the 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

But actually Samsung showed admirable restraint, keeping the Note 4 to the 5.7 inches of its predecessor, but throwing a boat-load more quality into its killer feature.

The screen now boasts Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 resolution) technology that stretches to 500 pixels per inch.

Plus, Samsung is throwing in what it is calling an adaptive display – one that changes depending on the light of the place you are viewing the screen – and on paper you have the optimum viewing no matter what situation you are in.

It even decided to get fancy and launch a variant of the phone called the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, which has a curved display that folds around the spine of the phone. Sadly this didn’t make it to the main device, but it’s a good test to see if there’s desire for such innovation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 power and storage

The Galaxy Note 4 bring with it a pretty impressive 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which certainly won’t be struggling to keep things moving despite the screen.

Also worthy of, ahem, note, is the 3GB RAM that the phone is running – there are still plenty of people with PCs that don’t have that kind of memory.

The internal memory of the Galaxy Note 4 is a not insignificant 64GB, which should mean you don’t have to choose between your collection of Jean Claude van Damme movies and your lovingly put-together eclectic music.

Of course, there’s a microSD slot too, with the ability to add 128GB more if you’re thinking of downloading the internet for a day.

Samsung Galaxy S6 poised to bring all metal to the mainstream

The mobile community enjoyed a collective sigh of relief recently with the announcement of Samsung’s first metal smartphone, the Galaxy Alpha, as the South Korean firm finally delivered a premium device design – but it’s just the start.

According to sources in Samsung’s supply chain the Galaxy Alpha – and upcoming Galaxy Note 4 – will purely just test the water with Samsung’s metal mobile design in preparation for an all-metal Samsung Galaxy S6 next year.

We already know that the Galaxy Alpha isn’t entirely metal, as it inherits the dimpled polycarbonate rear of the Galaxy S5, and this report suggests the Note 4 will probably sport a similar combination of materials.

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Of course all of this needs to be taken with a generous pinch of salt, as an all-metal Samsung flagship was mooted for both the Galaxy S4 and S5 – and both times the rumours turned out to be incorrect.

There is, however, a much stronger argument this time around thanks to the launch of the Alpha and the likes of Sony and HTC having launched multiple metal clad handsets.

We expect to see the Galaxy Note 4 unveiled at IFA 2014, and perhaps it will give us a further insight of what to expect from Samsung going forward. We’ll be reporting live from Berlin next month, so make sure you stay tuned for all the latest.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha release date and price

With the Galaxy Alpha Samsung is finally embracing metal and delivering a handset with a premium finish deserving of all the features that the company has packed in to it.

It looks good and compared to phones of Samsung past it looks great. But phones aren’t just for looking at, they’re for buying and using, so if you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha here’s what you need to know.

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Alpha will be out at the beginning of September, but the exact release date and price will likely vary depending on network.

EE has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be coming to its network and will be available on a range of 4G plans.

Customers will be able to pre-order the handset, but just not quite yet. EE hasn’t yet confirmed the exact pricing or release date of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha but claims that these details will be announced ‘in due course’.

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Vodafone

Vodafone has also confirmed that it will be stocking the Samsung Galaxy Alpha and it’s even talked colours.

You’ll be able to buy the phone in Charcoal Black, Dazzling White, Frosted Gold or Sleek Silver on the red network, but the prices and exact release date are yet to be confirmed.

Three

Three has told us that the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available on its network, but for now we don’t know the when or how much of it.

Three could be one to watch though, as it’s likely to offer Samsung’s new handset with unlimited 4G data.

O2

O2 has confirmed to us that it will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in September on its range of O2 Refresh tariffs. Exact pricing and availability will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Carphone Warehouse

Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it will exclusively be stocking the blue version of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha at launch, as well as also having it in black, white, gold and silver.

In terms of a release date all it says is that the phone is expected in September, but you can already register your interest on the site and Carphone Warehouse will get in touch once it’s available to order.

Phones 4u

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is listed on Phones 4u’s ‘Coming Soon’ page and you can register your interest in the device to receive updates on its availability.

Samsung and AT&T launch new Samsung S5 Active for $199

AT&T announced the Galaxy S5 Active – water and dust resistant smartphone.

The Galaxy S5 Active adds shock resistance to the Samsung Galaxy S5 specs as well as a new “convenience key” that makes it easier to access apps when enjoying outdoor pursuits.

It comes in camo green, titanium grey and ruby red, and although it looks pretty chunky and rugged, the S5 Active is only .8mm thicker and .3mm taller than its flagship brother.

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Specifications of Samsung S5 Active are –

  • Display – 5.1-inch HD Super AMOLED
  • Resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • OS – Andorid 4.4 KitKat
  • User Interface – Touchwiz UI
  • Processor – 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • RAM – 2GB
  • Internal Storage – 16GB expandable upto 128GB
  • Battery – 2800mAh
  • Rear camera – 16-megapixel
  • Front Camera – 2-megapixel

The S5 Active does have the rear-mounted heart rate monitor featured with the Samsung Galaxy S5, but lacks the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button of the flagship. This is probably due to the fact the S5 Active features a different button arrangement on the front of the device, making them easier to use with wet fingers.

The phone can be purchased for $199 on a two-year agreement, or $27.50 to $35.75 on a next installment plan in US.