IFA 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs made official: QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP OIS camera, curved ‘Edge’ variant

IFA 2014: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs made official: QHD display, QS805 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16MP OIS camera, curved ‘Edge’ variantAs widely expected, Samsung has chosen IFA 2014 as the launch platform for the brand new Galaxy Note 4, and it’s every bit the face-puncher we were hoping for.

There’s also a slight surprise this afternoon, as the rumours of a Note 4 with a “new form factor” were on the money, too. Ladies and gents, meet the not-quite-three-sided Galaxy Note Edge, essentially a Galaxy Note 4 with a bonus curved display section down the right hand side – or right hand edge, if you will.

Diving straight into Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs, we have a 5.7in Super AMOLED display, which means it’s the same size as the year-old Galaxy Note 3, but with an eye-pleasing QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) yielding an outrageous 518PPI.

Further Samsung Galaxy Note 4 specs include a top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, while 3GB of RAM should be more than enough to handle the familiar multitasking activities.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen has been tweaked, the upshot being that it’s faster and easier to use than previous iterations. It also proudly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen. Gotta love that 21st Century calligraphy.

For the first time, the Galaxy Note 4 welcomes OIS (optical image stabilisation) to Samsung’s phablet range, and indeed that’s something you won’t find on the flagship Galaxy S5. It’s 16MP on the rear, with 3.7MP on the front for selfies and what have you.

As for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 battery, it’s a colossal 3,320mAh beast powering the show, and, interestingly, there’s a special chip for fast charging (Adaptive Fast Charging, to use its full title). Ultimately, you can crank the Note 4’s battery to 50% in just 30 minutes, while good old Power Saving Mode means you can squeeze many an hour from the last few percentiles.

What else is new? Ah! A fingerprint scanner, which we’re told is “improved” – presumably over the Samsung Galaxy S5’s cursory effort. Hey, if the iPhone 5s has a fingerprint scanner…

Curiously, there’s no specific Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date - never mind price. We’re told only that it’ll be available from October, with colours including "Charcoal Black," "Frost White," "Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink”.

Moving onto that curved variant, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge specs are largely the same as above, except with a slightly smaller 5.6in display (still QHD; don’t worry!), and a 3,000mAh battery.

“What’s the point?” is the obvious question here, and the answer is, in a nutshell: less clutter. On-screen elements like camera and music controls will sit on the Edge’s edge, and in normal use it plays host to your favourite apps.

Getting a little fancier, you can choose to use the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge’s additional display real estate for a sports, weather or stocks ticker, and at night it can function as a traditional always-on alarm clock-style display, with the main display tucked up soundly in bed.

Predictably, things are even more vague with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. All we’re told for now is that it’ll be available in “select markets… later this year”, in plain old black or white.

And that’s your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Thoughts? Sound off below, friends.

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krogothnx  Sep. 3, 2014 at 16:27

I can see the curved edge being useful on small phones... on this, surely it gives you even less ways to try and hold an already gigantic phone?

krogothnx  Sep. 3, 2014 at 16:30

It'll also be a **** mess for third-party apps, i guarantee.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 3, 2014 at 16:54

It'll also be a **** mess for third-party apps, i guarantee.

It'll probably be as elusive as all those 64GB variants that Samsung announces just to feed the anti-iPhone trollz...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 3, 2014 at 17:08

I like the look of the standard Note 4, I'm not sure whether or not I like it enough to part with£500+ to replace my Note 2. Maybe I'll wait until the Note 5...

TJ Skywasher  Sep. 3, 2014 at 18:02

Excuse me, but Bronze Gold? It's either Bronze or it's Gold, you can't combine both into some new made up colour.

neal  Sep. 3, 2014 at 23:01

no mention of water resistance?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 00:03

no mention of water resistance?
Interestingly not. I'd forgotten, until you mentioned it, that the S5 is water resistant.

lcurdie / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 10:58

no mention of water resistance?
I initially took that as a criticism rather than a genuine query ;)

But no, as Matt says, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not waterproof - despite rumours right up until launch time yesterday.

neal  Sep. 4, 2014 at 14:36

Bit of a bummer, been holding off for the confirmed specs and expecting at least the same level as s5.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 17:46

Bit of a bummer, been holding off for the confirmed specs and expecting at least the same level as s5.
In every other way, it's better than the S5. I'm guessing that there aren't too many people who take their £500+ smartphone near water. Even the S5's waterproof-ness was reliant on the back being clipped on correctly, the charging port flap being closed etc.

neal  Sep. 4, 2014 at 18:49

It just makes it a more well rounded phone, others manage it and this is Samsung's best so why not?

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 19:03

It just makes it a more well rounded phone, others manage it and this is Samsung's best so why not?
I don't know why it's not water resistant, maybe Samsung's market research suggested that most people just don't care about water resistance on smartphones. Although other manufacturers make water resistant phones, they tend to be sealed units, whereas Samsung phones have removable batteries and SD card card slots behind the battery door.

Personally, I don't know anyone who has killed their phones via drowning, dropping them onto tarmac or concrete seems to be a far more popular way of killing them off, well, smashing the screen so that they then cost hundreds to have repaired.

neal  Sep. 4, 2014 at 19:12

Ok!

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 20:45

It just makes it a more well rounded phone, others manage it and this is Samsung's best so why not?
I don't know why it's not water resistant, maybe Samsung's market research suggested that most people just don't care about water resistance on smartphones. Although other manufacturers make water resistant phones, they tend to be sealed units, whereas Samsung phones have removable batteries and SD card card slots behind the battery door.

Personally, I don't know anyone who has killed their phones via drowning, dropping them onto tarmac or concrete seems to be a far more popular way of killing them off, well, smashing the screen so that they then cost hundreds to have repaired.


This is the Note. It's kicker is the S-Pen... That should be enough.
Also: it has OIS! The scandal is that Samsung didn't give the SGS5 OIS! They make cameras.
I find the SGS5 is like the iPhone 5S somewhat superfluous and somewhat premature... both seem to be publically financed R&D devices for something, hopefully, to be released. Some day. The Note 4 seems to be the beter, um, more rounded device, really. And waterproofing the stylus slot allone would probably be a b*tch...

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