Samsung has announced two additions to the flagship GALAXY Note line: the GALAXY Note 4 and the GALAXY Note Edge. Both will be among the first smartphones to be powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor. Running on Android 4.4 (KitKat), each is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera, and 3GB of RAM. The Note 4 comes with 32GB of storage while the Edge will be offered with 32GB and 64GB variants.
While the two are very similar devices, the Edge (shown above) does sport one notable difference. The 5.6-inch Quad HD (2560x1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display is elegantly curved around the right side of the device, with an extra 160 pixels. This creates a point of interaction which is wholly separate from the primary display, and allows users to engage with their mobile device in a completely new way. The swipe of a thumb is all it takes to access frequently used apps, messages or alerts—among other device functions like the alarm clock—even while the main screen is busy with streaming video or games.
Aside from the Galaxy Note 4’s slightly larger 5.7-inch screen - which does not wrap around - both of these impressive devices still boast the advanced capabilities of the latest Snapdragon processor, designed to offer an amazingly-vivid visual experience. The premium, curved metal frame and durable screen offer both style and protection to complement the mobile user’s viewing experience. Additionally, the Snapdragon 805 processor is the first mobile processor that supports comprehensive 4K Ultra HD playback and video.
With the integrated Adreno™ 420 GPU, mobile users can connect to console-quality gaming and high-resolution video on the go. And an improved Fingerprint Scanner to secure personal data, while the world’s first built-in UV sensor in a mobile device will help users track their sun exposure.
The larger screen size makes multitasking a breeze. Choose from full, split or pop-up screens, and change the size and position of favorite apps with a single swipe. These devices also feature a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer to counterbalance camera shake, allowing users to capture, edit and share higher quality images even in low-light conditions. The front-facing cameras are equally impressive, ensuring the best group photos with up to a 120-degree, wide-angle capture.
An updated S Pen with a more natural brush effect, and introduces a more user-friendly functionality, allowing users to create and save content for their everyday tasks with ease. This is joined by the new Snap Note feature, which allows users to capture an image of their paper notes and convert the text into editable copy in the S Note application.
Thanks to Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 2.0 technology, the GALAXY Note 4’s battery charges up to 75 percent faster compared to conventional charging methods. Plus, it’s fully backward compatible with standard USB with no need for multiple cords or adapters. Faster technology means less time charging and more time doing.
The GALAXY Note 4 will be available for purchase in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink starting in October 2014.
The GALAXY Note Edge will be available in Charcoal Black and Frost White in select regions later this year.