Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Challenges Rivals With Big-Screen Phablet

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-09-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung held its Unpacked event at the IFA Conference in Berlin on Sept. 3, and as expected, the company showed off a wide range of devices, including some smartphones and more wearables. But the device that led the announcements—and the one Samsung affectionately called its "hero"—was the Galaxy Note 4. The Note 4 is arguably one of the most advanced phablets released to date, offering a huge screen, Android 4.4 KitKat and a design that rivals just about anything else on the market. By nearly all measures, it's a competitive phablet option for consumers. Unfortunately, Samsung spent just a small portion of its time talking about the Galaxy Note 4 because the company needed to discuss a number of new products at the event. Still, Samsung has provided all the details necessary to show that the Galaxy Note 4 is worth a closer look from potential buyers. This eWEEK slide show covers the reasons this device will be a serious competitor to any phablet on the market, including Apple's iPhone 6, which is expected to debut with the largest display in the mobile device's history.

 
 
 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Challenges Rivals With Big Screen Phablet

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Challenges Rivals With Big Screen Phablet
  • One Big Display

    The most striking feature in the Galaxy Note 4 is its expansive display. The device comes with a 5.7-inch screen, boasting a 2,560-by-1,440 resolution. The average Android device has a screen size of around 5 inches nowadays. Apple's iPhone 5S clocks in at just 4 inches. In relative terms Samsung's Galaxy Note 4's phablet is massive.
    2 - One Big Display
  • Samsung Sweetens Note 4 With Android 4.4 KitKat

    Although Samsung has its own mobile OS in Tizen and continues to partner with Microsoft on Windows Phone, the company has stuck with Android 4.4 (KitKat) in its latest launch. KitKat comes with a wide range of Google services, including access to Google Maps, Gmail and Google Drive. They're all available on the Galaxy Note 4.
    3 - Samsung Sweetens Note 4 With Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Some Markets Will Get the Octa-Core Processor

    Samsung is offering two processor options in the Galaxy Note 4. The first is a 2.7GHz quad-core processor. The other is a 1.9GHz octa-core chip that features a 1.9GHz quad-core chip and another 1.3GHz processor. Depending on the market, some customers will be able to get their hands on that octa-core and all of the power that goes with it.
    4 - Some Markets Will Get the Octa-Core Processor
  • One Serious Camera

    Samsung acknowledged during its press event that cameras have become an important component in devices. Perhaps that's why the company went so far with cameras in the Galaxy Note 4. The device has a 16-megapixel rear-facing lens, as well as a 3.7-megapixel front-facing snapper. Whether it's selfies or high-quality photos users want to take, it's possible with the Galaxy Note 4.
    5 - One Serious Camera
  • Samsung Goes All-In on LTE

    Samsung made a big deal about its support for multiple categories of LTE. The device will work on standard LTE Category 4 networks, which have theoretical download speeds of 150M bps, but the big news is that it will work on Category 6 LTE, as well. In certain countries in Europe where that's available, Category 6 delivers up to 300M bps download speeds.
    6 - Samsung Goes All-In on LTE
  • Samsung's Many Software Platforms Included

    Samsung wouldn't launch a device without bundling its many applications with it. The Galaxy Note 4 supports Samsung's S Note for writing with the S Pen on the screen, as well as S Health, and the company's many multimedia marketplaces. It's worth noting, however, that Samsung is by no means forcing customers to use its services on the device.
    7 - Samsung's Many Software Platforms Included
  • High-Quality Design for High-Quality Product

    It's hard to argue with the Galaxy Note 4's design. While it has a big screen, the quality of that display is phenomenal. The device itself is surprisingly thin at 8.5mm and weighs in at just 176 grams. The phablet comes in several colors, including black, white, gold and pink, and wastes little space for a bezel. Overall, it's a great-looking product.
    8 - High-Quality Design for High-Quality Product
  • There Should Be Ample Storage and Memory

    There should be no doubt that the Galaxy Note 4 will handle heavy requirements on storage and memory. The device has 3GB of internal memory, making it a leader in the marketplace. In addition, it comes with 32GB of onboard storage and the customer's choice of adding a microSD card up to a capacity of 64GB. The addition of the microSD card should provide enough storage to satisfy most users, and the RAM is more than enough for any high-powered app.
    9 - There Should Be Ample Storage and Memory
  • An Improved S Pen to Handle Software Navigation

    Samsung made some important improvements to the S Pen. For starters, it looks and feels more like a pen and attempts to emulate the feeling of writing on paper. In addition, Samsung has made Air Command a bit more useful for handling software commands, and with just a few taps on the screen, users can quickly gather and share content. It's yet to be put to use in the wild on the Galaxy Note 4, but the new and improved S Pen looks like a keeper.
    10 - An Improved S Pen to Handle Software Navigation
  • This Isn't a One-Size-Fits-All Device

    Although there are many compelling features baked into the Galaxy Note 4, it's worth noting that not all of them will be available in every market. For example, some markets will get the quad-core version, while others will get the octa-core option. Samsung also notes that its 4G LTE support will vary by country, as will price and availability options. Look for more details on the specific features for your market in the coming weeks.
    11 - This Isn't a One-Size-Fits-All Device
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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