• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Processor: 1.9GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) CPU
  • Frequency: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, HSPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz, 4G LTE
  • Screen: 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) Super AMOLED
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80) MIMO PCIe, Bluetooth 4.1 (BLE), NFC, USB 2.0, MHL 3.0
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB (internal), microSD (up to 128GB)
  • Others: 16-megapixel rear camera, 3.7-megapixel front camera
  • Dimensions: 153.5 (H) x 78.6 (W) x 8.5 (D) mm
  • Weight: 176g
  • Pros:
  • Stunning design and build quality
  • Brilliant display
  • Superb camera
  • Powerful hardware
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Soft-texture back cover
  • Not waterproof
  • Benchmark Results
  • AnTuTu: 34,794 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Unlimited): 19,864 points
  • 3DMark Ice Storm (Extreme): Maxed out!
  • 3DMark Ice Storm: Maxed out!

Next Heir To The Phablet Throne

While the tech industry is a fast paced and constantly moving one, there are few things that can be considered constant and one of them happens to be the release of a new Samsung GALAXY Note device every year. And it would be silly of Samsung to stop as the Notes have always been one of their chart-topping bestsellers. Even in its fourth iteration, Samsung have managed to keep the GALAXY Note 4 relevant.

First things first, we of course have to talk about the Note 4’s design and yes, it still retains many of the same features as any other GALAXY device, especially when it comes to the front, which is great especially for users who are already familiar with Samsung’s devices. However, instead of a polycarbonate body, the Note 4 took a page out of the GALAXY Alpha’s design book and now has a premium metal frame, which makes it so much more elegant and feels incredibly sturdy. The soft textured back however, still feels a little on the cheap side but at least it gives you a little more grip, which is great since this 5.7-inch device can be a little unwieldy.

Besides the upgrade to a 16-megapixel shooter, the GALAXY Note 4's camera also boasts Smart OIS and an f/2.2 aperture which produces beautiful photos in bright and low light conditions

Besides the upgrade to a 16-megapixel shooter, the GALAXY Note 4’s camera also boasts Smart OIS and an f/2.2 aperture which produces beautiful photos in bright and low light conditions

Speaking of the 5.7-inch QHD display, we have to say that it is really brilliant. Colours are accurate and vivid, images in details can easily be seen and texts are crisp and clear. It doesn’t matter if you’re consuming or creating content, the super large display lets you enjoy both activities with ease. Also, with that much space, multitasking is way easier as you can rely on the Multi Window feature easily.

While the S Pen looks very similar to previous incarnations, it actually comes with plenty of new features

While the S Pen looks very similar to previous incarnations, it actually comes with plenty of new features such as a more user-friendly Air Command function and new Smart Select and Photo Note

Much like the previous GALAXY Notes that came before it, the Note 4 comes packed with all of the latest hardware and most advanced hardware under the hood. This means users will get a fluid and snappy experience even when multitasking. Playing game that feature more detailed graphics were also not a problem for the Note 4.

On the battery side of things, the upgrade wasn’t a large leap but the 3,220mAh battery is still able to last a full day on light to medium usage. However, with its Quad HD resolution display, heavy users will find that the battery does drain out pretty quickly so it’s best to have a powerbank at the ready. With that said though, the Note 4 does come with the fast charging feature, which will get the device back up and running in no time.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Without a doubt, the Samsung GALAXY Note 4 is definitely one of the, if not the best phablet you can get today. However, it does come with a very premium price tag but if you put its many features such as the large screen, S Pen and impressive camera to good use, then it is definitely worth the investment.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

Samsung GALAXY Note 4