Part of the wider Galaxy series, this is the latest phablet to hit shelves from the Samsung brand. It features a much larger screen, to enhance the viewing experience of the video streaming the device is relying on as a major selling point.
The screen is a 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED display with a full 2560 x 1440. As usual, Samsung is doing their part to offer the highest resolution displays on the market, well and beyond the norm for the industry.
Does the Note 4 have the hardware to back up its capabilities? With a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core as its primary processor, possibly. It is slightly more powerful than their other devices, and has also offers a 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) processor. It runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Basically, visuals should be smooth and good for streaming, though not that much better than what you will have seen on other Galaxy devices. The larger screen offers the size advantage which may improve the viewing experience a bit.
The S Pen is an addition that some people may like. It is what gives the Note 4 its name as a phablet, rather than just the display size. It will also have optimized features that use the pen, such as Air Command, multi window navigation and the many different apps (like Screen Write) that come standard.
In addition to following by their tradition of resolution heavy screens, they are providing some good cameras. The first, a rear facing cam, is a full 16 MP. The second, a front facing cam for video chat, is 3.7 MP, which is still better than many phones provide for front facing cams.
The truth is, smartphones are kind of stagnant right now. Slight adjustments can be made, but there isn’t a lot of innovation to go around right now. Maybe that will change with the iPhone 6, thought to be set for unveiling in a couple of days. But even Apple will probably be banking on a single feature, at this point.
That doesn’t mean the Galaxy Note 4 isn’t a good device. Far from it, it looks excellent. Just no more exciting than some of their other fare, which is the price you pay for consistent quality. Sorry, Samsung.