Samsung has officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 4 phablet at a press conference in Berlin. The new-look gadget has been given a major design overhaul, with a metal frame surrounding the same soft back cover seen on last year’s Galaxy Note 3.
The phone packs a massive 5.7–inch qHD Super AMOLED display with a 2.560 x 1.440 resolution and measures just 8.5mm thin.
Check out our video hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4 below
Like its predecessors, at its heart is the S Pen for tapping on the screen without using your paws. Samsung has also tweaked the UX interface, with a new transparent widget for viewing key info without losing sight of your home screen.
The battery has been given a bump from 3,200 mAh to 3,220 mAh, which is unlikely to make a huge difference to the number of minutes you can eke out. It has, however, revealed a new fast charging feature, allowing you to get 50% charge in half an hour.
The camera has been given an overhaul too, rising from 13 megapixels on the Note 3 to 16 megapixels on this latest edition.
And the front–facing camera now clocks in at 3.7 megapixels, meaning video calling should be much less pixellated than before and your selfies should be sharper.
The rear heart rate monitor button doubles up as a shutter for taking those trusty narcissistic shots. It even has a new ‘wide selfie’ mode for taking 120º panoramic pics of you and your pals.
Sammy is offering 16GB and 32GB models, each with the ability to add more space with a microSD slot (up to 64GB).
All versions outside Korea will come with a 2.7GHz quad core Snapdragon processor, with a fingerprint scanner and a UV light sensor completing the hugely impressive spec sheet.
Google Android 4.4 is the OS of choice, with Samsung at pains to point out during its presser that it is ‘proud of [its] long term partnership with Google’. Meanwhile, its new Snap Note software will let you take pictures of any analogue note and convert it into a digital version.
The Galaxy Note 4 will come in black, white, pink and gold, with prices to be confirmed soon.