Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets selfie-tastic camera upgrade

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 gets selfie-tastic camera upgrade

With so many bits of new mobile kit coming in the next month, it's taking more than your usual spec rumour or insider leak to get our attention right now.

Enter SamMobile and a massive splurge of detail on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which in case you'd forgotten is set to be unveiled at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin on 3 September.

It centres around the camera, which around the back will take the form of a 16MP Sony IMX240 sensor complete with optical image stabilisation that can record 4K Ultra HD video clips at 30fps.

It's the same snapper Samsung chose for its Korea-only Galaxy S5 LTE-A, and a step up from the standard Galaxy S5's 13MP effort. Around the front, meanwhile, you've got a 3.7MP sensor that can take pics and video in WQHD (2560×1440) resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will have a feature called Side Touch, which was supposed to debut on the Galaxy S5 but didn't quite make it in time. Simply put, it's a sensor built into the bottom right side of the phone, where you'd expect a dedicated camera button to be, which can be used to take a picture simply by tapping.

Samsung is also introducing a gesture-based shortcut that gets you straight into the camera even when the screen is off, and there are four new camera modes, three of them devoted to everyone's favourite new photographic fetish: taking selfies.

Fortunately, all existing camera modes and functions have remained intact too.

There's plenty more detail over on SamMobile, and we suspect this won't be the last time we say that in the next couple of weeks as Samsung and everyone else goes into leak overdrive leading up to IFA 2014.

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