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The Sam­sung Galaxy Note 4 is among the newer de­vices from Sam­sung that fi­nally em­braces a new de­sign lan­guage that in­cludes the use of metal for a more pre­mium look. Its rear cover has also un­der­gone a slight re­design from the Note 3, do­ing away with the faux leather and fake stitch­ing along the rims, but re­tain­ing the soft-tex­tured feel. This re­moves the tack­i­ness as­so­ci­ated with its pre­de­ces­sor, giv­ing the Note 4 a more pro­fes­sional ap­pear­ance.

Still, the Note 4 hasn’t es­caped user scru­tiny with re­ports of gaps be­tween the screen and metal frame large enough to fit in a business card. A thor­ough check on our own unit re­vealed some gaps too. How­ever, An­droid Cen­tral has re­ported that a Sam­sung spokesper­son men­tion­ing that the gap is­sue will not im­pact the func­tion­al­ity or qual­ity of the Note 4. In fact, the Euro­pean man­ual ac­tu­ally makes men­tion of it as a man­u­fac­tur­ing fea­ture and that vi­bra­tion and fric­tion be­tween parts over time can cause them to widen slightly.

Now, the Note 4 is the first Sam­sung smart­phone with a Quad-HD dis­play to en­ter our mar­ket (the 5.1-inch QHD Galaxy S5 LTE-A wasn’t sold lo­cally). Con­firm­ing what we’ve seen of the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, pixel den­sity is so packed to­day, that it’s hard to dis­cern the dif­fer­ences in sharp­ness. How­ever, there is an ob­vi­ous im­prove­ment to view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the re­turn of 2.5D glass last used in the Galaxy S III. The Note 4 also fea­tures Adap­tive Dis­play to op­ti­mize the screen for dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios. Over­all, the 5.7inch QHD Su­per AMOLED dis­play on the Note 4 of­fers top-notch vi­su­als with vivid col­ors, good color con­trast and ex­cel­lent view­ing an­gles.

Sam­sung has also made a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment to the imag­ing ca­pa­bil­ity of the Note 4. It is the first Sam­sung smart­phone to fea­ture op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion (dubbed Smart OIS) with a new 16-megapixel rear cam­era sen­sor with f/2.4 aper­ture and LED flash. If you take a lot of self­ies, you would be glad to know that the Note 4 has one of the bet­ter equipped front­fac­ing cam­eras too; you get


OS An­droid 4.4.4 KitKat / Touch­Wiz

Dis­play 5.7-inch Su­per AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440 pix­els)

Pro­ces­sor Qual­comm Snap­dragon 805 quad-core 2.7GHz





Im­age qual­ity taken is re­ally good. There are hardly any im­age ar­ti­facts in the darker ar­eas and de­tails are sharp; color re­pro­duc­tion is good too.

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