The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been available for three weeks on its home turf of South Korea, and tomorrow – October 16 – marks the phablet’s global launch, including the good old United Kingdom.
The obvious question is: What’s the difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note 3? What can the Galaxy Note 4 do that the Galaxy Note 3 can’t? Join me below as I detail an as-yet-undetermined number of (EDIT: six) key changes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Higher resolution
Perhaps most notably, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a higher resolution, specifically 1440 x 2560 compared to the 1080 x 1920 setup on the year-old Galaxy Note 3. Multiplying those figures out, that’s 3.7 million pixels compared to “just” 2 million.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: It looks better
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 isn’t hugely different from the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of basic design, but the little changes make a big difference.
We were never massive fans of that faux leather stitching on the Galaxy Note 3, and while the back of the Galaxy Note 4 is still synthetic cow hide, the stitching is gone, and there’s a more premium-looking metal trim on the side. Nice.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Enhanced S Pen
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s stylus, the S Pen, is enhanced over the year-ago model, with the sensitivity doubled to 2,048 pressure registration points. And with the ability to recognise factors like speed, direction and tilt, the Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen ultimately yields a more natural writing experience.
There are also a couple of new S Pen writing styles, namely Calligraphy Pen and Fountain Pen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Better cameras
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 raises the Galaxy Note 3’s 13MP rear camera to 16MP, with – better still – optical image stabilisation, which counter-balances shaky hand syndrome and extends exposure time in low-light settings.
On the front, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 leaps from 2MP to 3.7MP for better selfies, and the f1.9 aperture welcomes “wide selfies” or – this makes me want to die a little – “welfies”.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Faster charging
Fast charging is all the rage at the moment, with the spanking new Google Nexus 6 offering six hours’ use after just 15 minutes of charge.
Not to be outdone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s Faster Charging system can juice the battery from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes - that's compared to 55 minutes on the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. Galaxy Note 3: Enhanced Multi Window
Multi Window debuted back on the Galaxy Note 2 in 2012, inviting the user to do two things at once, and Samsung continues to improve the service on the Galaxy Note 4.
Essentially, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s take on Multi Window is easier to use, particularly when it comes to resizing, and there’s the option of full, split or pop-up screens.