I have been a Samsung Note owner since the first Note hit the market, and every time Samsung announces a new version I look forward to seeing how they will take a device that is the backbone of my productivity and make it better. This past Wednesday, Samsung took an amazing piece of hardware and changed the game again – not only announcing the Note 4 but also unveiling the Note Edge which took the Note in a new and exciting direction.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Let’s take a look at the Note 4 which for starters got some noticeable spec bumps.

Note 4 Specs

As you can see, the Note 4 improved on its predecessors’ features and added more power-saving and camera features as well. The wide-angle front-facing camera now comes with 3.7 mega pixel resolution and f1.9 lens, which will surely make low light photography better and of course lead to better selfies. (Which is what we all really want, right?) The features that were standouts on the Galaxy S5 are front and center here as well, including the fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitoring. I felt the Note 4 has a wealth of new features that make upgrading from a Note 3 a must, but I do think that a lot of Note 3 owners may not be as easily swayed as I was. Check out the product photos from Samsung as well as photos I took of the device at the Unpacked event.

Samsung Product Photos

Unpacked Note 4 Photos

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The Galaxy Note Edge truly demonstrated the forward thinking of Samsung and took the “phablet” design into a whole new arena. The Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to often used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed, all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing. They can also use the Edge screen as a clock as well, which was showcased during the demo at the unpacked event. The Galaxy Note Edge has most of the same specs and features as the Note 4 albeit in a slight smaller package but the Edge screen definitely adds a new dimension to an already loaded device. I noticed that the Note 4 does have a slightly bigger battery. It is not a deal breaker, but still something worth mentioning if battery specs are a factor for purchase. Check out the specs and see for yourself.

Note Edge Specs

Samsung Product Photos

Unpacked Note Edge Photos

 

The Galaxy Note Edge definitely impressed me and any hesitation I had about the curved screen disappeared as soon as held the device. There is definitely concern with regards to the curved glass breaking, but the Samsung glass is quite durable. However, I recommend that people looking to buy this device spend a bit of hands on time with the phone to make sure the new design is for you.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October and the Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the U.S. beginning in October and Galaxy Note Edge will be available later this fall. Both smartphones will be available at  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. U.S. Cellular will also launch the Galaxy Note 4.

Let’s hear what you think about the Note 4 and Note Edge.

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Samsung Introduces the Latest in its Iconic Note Series – The Galaxy Note 4, and Showcases Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge

 

September  3, 2014

 

Offering a new dimension to Samsung’s unique Note culture, the Galaxy Note 4

and Note Edge strengthen Samsung’s category leadership with

the most progressive mobile devices on the market

Berlin, GermanySamsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note series with the new Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Blending an evolved S Pen with a superior viewing experience, the Galaxy Note 4 provides users with the most unique and powerful mobile experience on the market.

 

“The Galaxy Note series signaled extraordinary innovation within the technology industry. Its larger screen size and iconic S Pen technology launched a new standard in smartphone culture,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With the introduction of the Galaxy Note series, we brought the age-old culture of the pen and notepad into the digital world. The new Galaxy Note 4 introduces the most refined Note experience to-date by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series.”

 

Powerful Performance that Matters the Most to You

The Galaxy Note 4 embraces Samsung’s heritage of an unrivaled Galaxy mobile experience. Its extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) Super AMOLED display reproduces clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles, and response times as fast as a millionth of a second, providing a tremendous viewing experience.

 

Due to its large screen, the refined Multi Window feature is able to maximize the user’s experience providing them with the key to easier multi-tasking. Users can choose how they access their applications with full, split or pop-up screens, and easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 also sports an advanced camera system that is able to reproduce brighter and clearer images. The device is equipped with a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera featuring a Smart Optical Image Stabilizer that counter-balances camera shake and automatically extends exposure time in dark settings. In addition, a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9 offers a default 90 degree shooting angle and up to 120 degree wide angle so users can take the best group shots with friends.

 

The Galaxy Note 4‘s wide selection of enhanced essential features enable users to get even more from their mobile device. With the Fast Charging feature and Ultra Power Saving Mode, the Galaxy Note 4 charges faster and ensures that users don’t run out of power when they need it most. The Galaxy Note 4 comes equipped with multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone for better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments. A built-in Voice Recorder offers eight different directional voice tagging and a selective playback capability that allows users to isolate and listen to specific voices in a group conversation.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 also offers an improved Fingerprint Scanner, to secure personal data and the world’s first UV sensor in a mobile device.

 

S Pen and S Note for Everyday Tasks

Making everyday tasks much faster and easier, the Galaxy Note 4’s S Pen has been specifically evolved to serve as the primary tool that users go to for common, everyday mobile device use. This new S Pen offers a much more authentic pen experience, with a more natural brush effect that perfectly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen. The S Pen also introduces a more user-friendly Air Command functionality along with other intuitive features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select that allows users to create and collect content with ease. A new Smart Select feature enables users to easily piece together content from different origins, and share it with ease.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 also provides users with a choice of multiple, seamless note-taking methods integrated with Samsung’s S Note application that allows everyday tasks to get done faster and more easily. In addition to typing and writing, the innovative Snap Note feature allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and then quickly and easily convert to an S Note. They can also further unleash their creativity by jotting down their thoughts quickly with Voice Memo.

 

Premium Yet Functional Design

The Galaxy Note 4 introduces a new sleek and stylish Galaxy design language. The device features a premium metal frame with fluid curvature that seamlessly blends with the device display. The Galaxy Note 4’s 2.5D glass screen, inherited from the Galaxy S3, offers extra protection while perfectly complementing the device’s rich viewing experience. A soft-textured back cover provides incredible comfort that makes it easy to control with one hand. The device not only looks beautiful, but offers a superior grip and enhanced durability.

 

Introducing Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung’s relentless pursuit of the best in innovation through the optimization of mobile technology and the user experience has led to the debut of the innovative and unique Galaxy Note Edge. Taking the Galaxy Note experience to the next level, the Note Edge provides users with a new way to access information, engage with their mobile device, and express their personality and tastes. The Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb. Users can also receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in “Charcoal Black,” “Frost White,” “Bronze Gold,” and “Blossom Pink” in global markets starting in October and the Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White” in select markets through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers later this year.

 

The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in the U.S. beginning in October and Galaxy Note Edge will be available later this fall. Both smartphones will be available at  AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. U.S. Cellular will also launch the Galaxy Note 4.

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Check out our second article the showcases Samsung’s wearable offerings including the Gear VR from Samsung and Oculus Rift and the Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch. We also get some hands on time with the Gear Circle as well.