Samsung officially took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 4 at the Unpacked Episode 2 event during the IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features the same 5.7-inch display as the Note 3 but with a Quad HD display, powered by a Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 with 3GB of RAM, better cameras, new S-Pen features and improved battery life!

Although other flagship smartphones like the LG G3 already flaunt QHD displays, the Galaxy Note 4’s Super AMOLED screen differs by having a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 on top. This means its edges are slightly curved to provide seamless swiping experience from its four sides.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – the newest iteration of the device that started the ‘phablet’ category has brought mobile productivity to new heights. According to Samsung, “the S-Pen now functions like a PC mouse!”

A variety of accessories covers are also available including S-View and LED flip covers and a back cover with ‘sparkly’ Swarovski crystals! The Note 4 also has an aluminum frame for those who hate too much plastic.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 back Cover with Swarovski Crystals
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 back cover with Swarovski crystals!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be powered by either an octa core Exynos 5433 chipset made up of four 1.7GHz Cortex-A57 and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs for South Korea or a 2.7GHz quad core Snapdragon 805 for the rest of the world including the Philippines.

Its graphics processor will also differ – Adreno 420 for the quad core version and Mali-T760 for the octa core Note 4. Both will run on 3GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage space.

Another 64GB of storage can be added using a microSD card while USB OTG is supported. Galaxy Note 4 owners will also enjoy 50GB of free Dropbox cloud storage for 2 years.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 hands on
Using the twice more sensitive S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 4.

The Galaxy Note 4’s main camera has been upgraded to 16MP from the 13MP of the previous Note. It comes with Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and produces brighter photos and videos.

Its front camera also enjoys a lot of improvements. The 3.7MP snapper has a 90-degree wide angle field of view for groupies without a monopod and a panorama mode that can take Wefies (selfie with everyone!).

A new app called Snap Note lets you take a photo of writings on a blackboard, paper or sign post and the Note 4 will automatically convert it to editable format!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

In terms of wireless connectivity, the Note 4 comes with 4G LTE access, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Infrared and GPS with GLONASS.

Again, USB OTG is supported by the Note 4 as well as MHL for mirroring its display on a TV using an MHL cable plugged on its USB 2.0 port.

A particularly interesting feature of the Note 4 is its triad of microphones that can be utilized for selective recording and noise cancellation based on direction. You can, for example, play just the voice of an interviewer.

Samsung Executive Vice President DJ Lee presents the Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Executive Vice President DJ Lee presents the Galaxy Note 4.

Curiously, Samsung didn’t mention a finger print scanner but it is present. The Galaxy Note 4 also has a heart rate monitor, UV sensor, SpO2 sensor (blood oxygen saturation), barometer, gyroscope and the usual accelerometer and proximity sensor.

A 3,220mAh battery powers the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It might not be that much considering the Quad HD display and powerful processors but Samsung says the Note 4 is 7.5% more power efficient than the Note 3.

The Note 4 also has fast charging time that can make its battery level go up to 50% from being totally drained in about 30 minutes only!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Mont Blanc
Flip covers for the Note 4 and an alternative stylus from Mont Blanc.

Samsung hasn’t revealed the pricing of the Galaxy Note 4 yet but it surely won’t be cheap. It will be available in October so expect it to reach the Philippines the month after that.

Smart and Globe will surely have the Note 4 on postpaid plans before Christmas.

Are the above features enough for you to upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Share your thoughts in the comments.


  • 2.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 Processor
  • Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS with TouchWiz UI
  • 5.7-Inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Display (1440 x 2560 Pixels, 515 PPI)
  • 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Adreno 420 or Mali-T760 GPU
  • 16.0 Megapixels Autofocus Main Camera with Smart OIS and LED Flash
  • 3.7 Megapixel Wide-Angle (90°) Front Camera
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable up to 64GB via MicroSD
  • Single SIM (Micro)
  • 4G LTE – 800, 850, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz
  • 3G HSPA+ – 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz
  • 2G GSM – 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz
  • Dual Band Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • NFC Support 
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • Infrared
  • GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
  • FM Radio
  • MHL Support
  • USB OTG Support
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • S-Pen Stylus Support
  • Finger Print Scanner
  • SpO2 Sensor
  • UV Sensor
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm @ 176 grams
  • 3,220mAh Battery