As 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.