During last week’s IFA conference, Samsung announced the latest version of its Galaxy Note “phablet” series, the Galaxy Note 4, along with a new entrant in the Note series, the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a wraparound screen. The big-screen Note line has become a big seller for the Korean company in recent years and the Note 4 is expected to follow that pattern, but the Note Edge is a little less conventional and probably won’t be as mainstream.
As far as specs go, most of the Note 4’s improvements over the previous-generation Note 3 come inside the device, as both phones feature a 5.7″ screen, though the 4 ups the resolution from 1080p to quad HD. Other specs for the Note 4 include 3GB RAM, internal storage starting at 32GB (with microSD slot), 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, 3.7MP front camera, a 3220 mAh battery and Android 4.4.4. Of course a staple of the Note series is the S-Pen input tool that allows users to more precisely write and draw on the touchscreen as well as utilize the S-Pen for other functions with the device.
The screen on the Note Edge measures 5.6″ and comes with a slightly smaller battery than the Note 4, at 3000 mAh, but many of the other specs are the same between the two devices. The Note Edge also comes with a S-Pen. The biggest differentiator with the Edge is its curved screen, which wraps around one edge of the device to allow slightly more room for easier access to such features as notifications.
Both devices are expected to be available through all four major U.S. carriers beginning in October. The Note 4 will likely face more competition than its predecessors have in the past as Apple is expected to announce its own 5.5″ (and 4.7″) iPhone today.