Samsung on Wednesday at the annual IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin unveiled a myriad of new products, including the next-generation Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge smartphone with a curved display that provides an app launcher and contextual controls on the edge of the screen. The company also introduced the Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR headset in partnership with Oculus VR.
The all-new Galaxy Note 4 features a premium metal frame design with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display at 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with Smart OIS, 32 GB internal storage, 3,220 mAh lithium-ion battery, NFC, microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.1, 4G LTE, the latest Wi-Fi standards and more.
The flagship handset runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, coupled with Samsung software such as S Health 3.5 and S Pen optimized features including Air Command — Action Memo, Smart Select, Image Clip and Screen Write — S Note, Snap Note and Direct Pen Input. The Galaxy Note 4 will be available globally in October, in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold and Blossom Pink.
“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.”
If the oft-rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is released, which may take a while due to ongoing production challenges, the Galaxy Note 4 would likely be one of its biggest competitors. A handful of other Android-based smartphones within a similar screen size range include the 5.5-inch LG G3, 5.2-inch Sony Xperia Z2 and 5.1-inch Galaxy S5. Google has also been rumored to release the Nexus 6 later this year.
Meanwhile, the South Korean handset maker took the wraps off a similar smartphone called the Galaxy Note Edge. The main difference with the Edge is that, as you might expect by its name, its display extends around the side of the smartphone with a screen that is powered separately and provides quick access to frequently used apps, notifications, alerts and device functionality — even when the cover is closed.
The Galaxy Note Edge, which features a 5.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and is otherwise powered by the same hardware under the hood, will be available in select markets beginning later this year. The handset, like the flagship Galaxy Note 4, also runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The smartphone is launching in two colors, Charcoal Black and Frost White.
Samsung also provided a closer look at the Gear S smartwatch and Gear VR virtual reality headset in partnership with Facebook-owned Oculus VR.