Samsung reveals the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge

Victor Barreiro Jr.
(UPDATED) Samsung heads off the IFA electronics conference in Berlin with the announcement of new Galaxy Note devices
NOTE 4. Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is revealed to the public. Screen shot from livestream

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Samsung announced on Wednesday, September 3, the latest in the company’s Galaxy Note lineup: the Galaxy Note 4.

The newest Note device was introduced at the Samsung Unpacked event ahead of the IFA electronics conference in Berlin, Germany.  

The Galaxy Note 4 sports either a 1.9 GHz Octa-core processor or a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, depending on the carrier or country getting the device, and uses a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 takes advantage of Android 4.4 KitKat as its operating system, and has a 16 megapixel rear camera and 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera. It also has a fingerprint scanner for security and an UV sensor.

RESOLUTION. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4's resolution. Screen shot from livestream.

New features

Rounding out the device are a number of features that enhance the existing capabilities of the Note devices.

One of these new features is a smart-scanning system that allows users to take a picture and then it will scan the image. The system determines if it’s a document or an image, and then allows the user to edit the scanned file.

Using the S-Pen, the user can also annotate the document or re-order the notes, as well as do mouse-like functions, like highlighting a number of items to choose them all.

The S-Note widget also allows a user to take notes and then pin them to the front menu screen for easy reference. This can also be used for multitasking, as certain applications can be paused from active use and pinned to the front menu.

SHOWING OFF STYLE. Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note 4. Image from Samsung Mobile Press

Camera and voice

There are also some additions to the system’s camera, as well as enhancements to making and taking voice calls.

The camera allows users to take up to an 120 degrees of vision of the front camera, allowing for what the company calls wide – or panoramic – selfies.

Voice calls have also been enhanced with noise suppression technology and automatic volume enhancement to make it easier to hear another person in a place with a lot of noise.

THE NOTE EDGE. Samsung's Galaxy Note also comes as a variant with a curved screen. Image from Samsung Mobile Press.

Galaxy Note Edge

Announced alongside the Galaxy Note 4 was the Galaxy Note Edge, touted as a smartphone with a screen that curves over one edge of it. The Note Edge uses a 5.6 inch display instead of a 5.7 inch display, but is functionally the same as the Note 4 but takes advantage of the curved screen to provide a different way of accessing information.

The Note Edge’s curved edge allows users to receive notifications even when the cover is on. It also lets users access frequently-used apps, alerts or device functions with a single thumbswipe.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink in global markets beginning in October. The Galaxy Note Edge will come in Charcoal Black and Frost White. No price has been formally announced yet for a Philippine launch of the Note 4 or the Note Edge. Rappler.com

Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.