Product Launch by Luke Jones on Wednesday September 03, 2014.
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Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 4 here at IFA, introducing the fourth iteration of its phablet flagship to the market. The Korean company started the event by reminding everyone that it was it that started the phablet trend with the original Note and that the S Pen is a standout feature of the niche.The Galaxy Note 4 was launched and as we had expected, it has only an incremental design change from the previous model. That said, while the differences do appear subtle, they are there and Samsung wanted to talk up the fact that this is a new design language for the Note series. After only a few minutes with the device I can say that it is comfortably the most elegant Note ever made and the best looking too. Samsung has finally embraced metal and while the plastic vs. metal debate is stupid, the Note 4 has a metal frame and exudes premium quality because of it. This has always been the most professional looking of Samsung's range, and the Galaxy Note 4 follows that trend, it really has grown into itself and seems the perfect size at 5.7-inches. As for the Super AMOLED panel, it is now Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) which brings it in line with screen kings such as the LG G3. Elsewhere the specs are typically blockbuster, which is what we have come to expect from the Note series. The Korean version of the handset will get Samsung's own Exynos 5433 chipset, which is split up into a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for bigger activities and a 1.3GHz quad-core for less exhaustive tasks. The worldwide variant of the device gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7GHz, while both versions get 3GB of RAM. Around the back there is a 16MP camera and a heart rate monitor, while a 3.7MP front facing sensor gets aperture of f/1.9 and is joined on the forward panel by a fingerprint reader. There are 32GB and 64GB storage options, while a microSD can add up to another 64GB on top. Android 4.4 KitKat is on board, but of course Samsung has draped its TouchWiz UI over the top. This is mostly the same UI experience you may already be familiar with from the Galaxy S5, so in that respect it will continue to divide opinion. Of course, the Note 4 gets the added software might of the S Pen, which has been given a slew of cool things to do again this year; we will look at S Pen functionality in-depth later in the day. The Note 4 will roll out in October and will be initially be available in white, black, gold, and pink. The Korean giant has not revealed the price just yet.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.