The latest generation of the originator of the phablet category has landed in South Africa with the fourth generation of the Samsung Galaxy Note line of smartphones now officially available in the country.
With a 5.7 inch QHD display with a 1 440×2 560 resolution Super AMOLED display the Galaxy Note 4 puts 515 pixels per square inch in front of your eyes and is covered with a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by the latest from Qualcomm in the form of the Snapdragon 805 processor for the LTE units available from MTN and Vodacom while the Exynos Octa processor made by Samsung will be available from Cell C and Telkom paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that can be expanded by up to 128GB using a microSD card.
It comes with the latest version of the S Pen stylus which has been updated to have 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity to make inputs even more accurate. Samsung say that over 75% of Note users use the S Pen frequently each week and utilise productivity apps nearly 40% more than the standard smartphone user.
There are eight microphones embedded in the Note 4 which enables you to select individual participants in a meeting that has been recorded so that you can isolate each person’s contribution.
Camera wise it uses the same 16 megapixel camera sensor from the Galaxy S5 but adds in optical image stabilisation to make low light photography even better than in the S5. The front camera has been upgraded for the selfie takers out there now at 3.7 megapixels and has an increased viewing angle of 90 degrees from the 77 degrees of the Note 3 along with a panoramic selfie feature to make sure all of your friends.
Powering the whole system is a 3 220mAh battery with a fast charging option similar to that of Qualcomm’s QuickCharge technology but built by Samsung to be available in both processor variants.
The deal with AlwaysOn that saw Samsung users get 12 months of free WiFi with a 1GB a month cap has now been doubled to 2GB and AlwaysOn has rolled out fibre backhaul to the top 20 shopping malls in the country to give faster browsing speeds. A 6 month trial of AVG AntiVirus Pro and a 50% discount on renewing the subscription after the trial expires.
Opera will be bundling its Opera Max data compression app with the Note 4 and it’s available from the networks and various retail channels from tomorrow at a recommended retail price of R11 499,