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    04 September 2014

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    Samsung unveils the Note 4

    The latest premium phablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 4, was unveiled last night in Berlin. Here's a quick look at what you can expect.

    The 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a big and beautiful phablet that adds a number of improvements, but retains many of the great features of previous models.

    Design

    Design-wise, the Note 4 looks very much like its predecessor, the Note 3, but you'll see some nice updates including a new metal frame – similar to the Galaxy Alpha. It has a soft faux-leather back and an improved AMOLED Quad HD screen. Expect a much brighter and sharper screen with rich, vibrant colours. 

    There are also enhancements to the Multi Window feature that make better use of the large screen. You'll be able to toggle between full, split or popup screens making it easier to access the apps you need.

    Some other nice new features include Snap Note, which you can use to take photos of classroom boards or notes and save instantly to the S Note application. It also features a heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner.

    Camera

    There's a decent 16MP rear-facing camera and a 3.7MP front-facing camera which has a wide 120-angle, ideal for group selfies.

    S Pen

    The S Pen, which has always been the best feature of the Note range, has also had some upgrades. The Pen is even more sensitive than before and should offer a more realistic pen experience.

    Performance

    The Galaxy Note 4 runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat and will have either a quad-core or octa-core processor, depending on the region. There is 3GB of RAM as well as 32GB of storage which you can expand using MicroSD up to 64GB.

    Specs
    Display 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440
    OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)
    Camera 16MP rear, 3.7MP front
    Memory 32GB internal memory + microSD slot. 3GB RAM
    Dimensions 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm
    Weight 176g
    Battery 3 220mAh
    Processor 2.7 GHz Quad-Core or 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) processor
    Connectivity Wi-Fi, GPS, BFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR LED, USB 2.0, MHL 3.0
    Sensors Gesture, Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyroscope, RGB,IR-LED Proximity, Barometer, Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner, UV, Heart Rate Monitoring, SpO2 (Dependent on market)
    Video Codec: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, WMV7, WMV8, Sorenson Spark, MP43, VP8 Recording & Playback: up to UHD
    Google Mobile Services Chrome, 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

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