IFA 2014: Samsung unleashes the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge with a 2-sided display

“The Galaxy Note Edge takes phablets to a completely new level by offering top-notch hardware and a two-sided display”

When it comes to phablets, the Galaxy Note range of devices have always been on the forefront of innovation, offering best-in-class features and functionality to users. Taking all this to a whole new level, Samsung has announced the launch of not just one but two new Galaxy Note phablets, the Note 4 and the Note Edge at a pre-IFA event in Berlin today. Out of the two, the Note Edge can really be looked upon as a futuristic smartphone that comes with an extended display on the side, which is not just an additional screen that the brand has added to the device. Instead, the display is the extension of the same primary screen that folds over to the side.

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In terms of the look-and-feel, the Note 4 resembles the older Note 3 largely and has borrowed some of the features like the heart rate monitor from Samsung’s very own flagship Android smartphone the Galaxy S5. Instead of a plastic frame, the Note 4 now comes with a much more rigid and durable metallic frame and has an overall thickness of 8.5mm.

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The Galaxy Edge on the other hand, featuresa slightly bulkier body owing to its curved display that is an extension of the primary screen, and works as a secondary display offering a quick access to apps and a dedicated space for controls of apps like the media player. Additionally, the angled display offers discreet notifications, even when the flip cover is closed. For added utility and functionality Samsung has made the SDK available of the Edge display using which developers can design apps around it.

For hardware, both the devices have been made available with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7GHz for the international market. In addition, the Note 4 will also be made available with Samsung’s very own Exynos 5433 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.9GHz featuring an Intel 4G modem compatible with Indian 4G/LTE networks as well. Along with this, both the devices have been paired with 3GB of RAM and have been made available in 32 and 64GB storage variants along with the option of further expanding the storage to an additional 64GB using a microSD cards.

For display, Samsung has offered a 5.7-inch QHD or 2K resolution bearing display on the Note 4, while a marginally smaller 5.6-inch display with the same resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels comes on the Note Edge. However in addition to the 5.6-inch QHD screen, the Note Edge gets an additional 160 pixel resolution edge display and hence it has been called the QHD+ display.

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At the back, both the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge feature 16-megapixel cameras featuring optical image stabilisation and a single LED flash for illumination. On the front, the devices boast of 3.7-megapixel cameras featuring an aperture of f/1.9 and a 90-degree view offering better selfies. In addition to the on-screen controls, the heart rate monitor at the back also doubles up as the hardware button for quick selfie capture with a double-tap.

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As for its functionality, the devices come with an enhanced version of the S-pen stylus with double the pressure sensitivity as compared to the older Note 3. Along with this, the company has also added a ton of new features and functionality to the S Pen.

The Note 4 comes with a 3,220mAh battery, while the Note Edge comes with a 3,000mAh battery pack. In addition to the beefy batteries, both device also feature a fast charge feature that juices them up 50 percent levels in just about 30 miniutes.

Both the devices will be made available starting October this year, though the details about availability in India are still under wraps.

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