It’s September which means that Samsung is launching a new Galaxy Note at IFA and we have all of the details for you. The Galaxy Note launched in 2011 and was the first smartphone to bring the phablet segment into the limelight.

New design

The new Galaxy Note 4 looks much the same as the Note 3 with the same soft touch back panel and rounded corners that Note users will be familiar with but most significantly it now has a metal frame in the same style as the Samsung Galaxy Alpha does. It weighs in at 176g (or 8 grams heavier than its predecessor) and 8.5mm thick (thicker than the 8.3 mm of the Note 3).

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in four colours black, white, gold and pink – although we’re still awaiting confirmation on which colours will be making it to our traditionally monochrome centric market.

S Pen

The Galaxy Note 4, of course, comes with the latest version of the S Pen which has been updated 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity which is double that of the Note 3.

SmartSelect allows you to capture multiple images using the S Pen before sending them off to another application. The pictures do not have to be from the same application as a floating window showing the last captured image and the button to add another image appears over the content you are currently viewing.

The SnapNote feature allows you to take picture of something using the Note 4’s camera and annotate it or make notes underneath it.


The Galaxy Note is traditionally more powerful than the Galaxy S smartphone that precedes it and the same is true for the Note 4 over the Galaxy S5. The Note 4 is of course a phablet so the display s going to be a big part of the mix. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7 inch quad HD (QHD) 1 440×2 560 resolution Super AMOLED display.

It will run on either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or the Samsung made Exynos 5433 octa core processor both of which will have LTE. It will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage which can be expanded by up to 128GB with a microSD card.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has category 6 LTE which allows for download speeds of up to 300Mbps although none of the South African network operators currently support it.

With a quad HD display battery life was always going to be questionable but Samsung say that battery consumption has been improved by 7.5% over the Note 3 with the battery having been increased by just 20mAh to 3 220mAh.

We’ll try to find out more information about the local launch of the Note 4 and will update you with the information as soon as we have it.