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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 officially announced, tech specs include 5.7-inch 2K display + 16MP OIS cameraSep 04, 2014
Samsung has officially announced their Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet. While it features a same sized 5.7-inch display as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the overall design for the Note 4 is more compact, with slimmer bezels and a slightly taller frame. The overall look is more refined, with a classy metal side frame and artificial leather backside, this time with no rough stitching visible. The S Pen slides in at the bottom like before but the Galaxy Note 4 already has accessores from Montblanc that includes more stylish S Pen styluses and back casings. The full tech specs and feature list for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 can be seen below:
- 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor / 1.9GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 5433 (1.9GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core)
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB / 54GB storage + up to 64GB microSD
- 5.7-inch display (Super AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution)
- 16MP rear camera (auto focus, Smart Optical Image Stabilization) + 3.7MP front camera (f1.9)
- supports WiFi 802.11 ac (MIMO), GPS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, IR LED, MHL 3.0, 4G LTE Cat 4 + 4G LTE Cat 6
- Features: Air Command, S Note, Snap Note, Direct Pen input, Multi Window, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Voice Recorder, Heart rate sensor, Finger print scanner, UV sensor
- 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm | 176g
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 3220 mAh battery (adaptive fast charging)
Aug 28, 2014
According to Samsung, the metal-body Samsung Galaxy Alpha was originally based on the Samsung Card Phone or SGH-P310 partly for it's thinness and partly for it's grip. The curved corners on the Galaxy Alpha were actually designed that way to minimize shock from a drop as smartphones usually fall on the corners when dropped. To further enhance the grip a thin coating was placed near the sides, making it less likely to slip. For a closer look at the overall design, do check out the video of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha below:
Aug 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 media blitz continues as Samsung reveals four more teaser videos showing off the Galaxy Note 4's features and capabilities. Like the previous teaser trailers, there doesn't seem to be anything new in terms of features but the videos do highlight the fact that you get a stylus-driven multimedia computer that can fit in the palm of your hand with the new Galaxy Note 4. Tech specs expected for the Galaxy Note 4 remain a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or a Samsung Exynos 5 processor. It will likely come with a 5.7-inch 2K display and 16MP camera with optical image stabilization. Again, no specific Malaysia release dates or pricing details were available yet, but it is expected to be revealed at the Samsung UNPACKED event on 3 Spetember 2014 so stay tuned.
Aug 26, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is just a week away from it's official announcement, so Samsung have started increasing the hype by releasing trailers of the phablet in action. We've already seen one highlighting the S Pen's writing and note taking capabilities, so it makes sense that one showing it's other uses would come up as well. It appears that the S Pen is still as accurate as before and you can do everything from photo editing to playing games with it. Older features like the Air Command menu are still there as well but we've yet to see anything new just yet. Perhaps it is more of a hardware refresh than a feature refresh, but we should find out more as soon as next week. In the meantime, do check out the video for yourself.
Aug 25, 2014
It is no secret now that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is set for a reveal at their upcoming Samsung UNPaCKED event on 3 September 2014. However, it still doesn't showcase all of the new features that the Galaxy Note 4 may bring. A new teaser video from Samsung reveals that it could be all about the handwriting as it shows more streamlined note taking for those who like to write with the S Pen on their digital device. It also shows how the new Galaxy Note 4 will look like. Check out the video for yourself in this article.
Aug 18, 2014
While it usually offers benchmark scores, the AnTuTu site is also rather infamous for revealing the tech specs and features of upcoming smartphones and mobile devices. It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could be one of the latest devices to appear on the AnTuTu site. This listing reveals the Galaxy Note 4 tech specs to include a Samsung Exynos 5433 processor with ARM Mali T760 graphics. Other tech specs include 3GB RAM, 16GB of storage and a 16MP rear camera along with Android 4.4.4. Unconfirmed but anticipated tech specs for the Galaxy Note includes a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. The AnTuTu listing has since revealed that it will pack a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and we expect the camera to be the same 16MP ISOCELL camera sensor currently available on the Samsung Galaxy S5. Many are hoping that the Note 4 will be enough to revitalize Samsung's decline, but rather than head for the premium flagship area we think the battle they need to win will be in the midrange and entry level, something which Samsung is currently lacking. No Malaysia release dates or pricing is available yet, but stay tuned for the Samsung UNPACKED event on 3 September 2014 for more information.
Aug 15, 2014
The just announced metal frame Samsung Galaxy Alpha could well be on the way to Malaysia in record time. This comes from a listing of the SM-G850F, which is the model number for the Galaxy Alpha, at the SIRIM database. The listing shows a number of tech specs and also confirms that the model we will be getting here in Malaysia will have 4G LTE connectivity. Other recently confirmed tech specs include the fact that the 12MP rear camera uses a Samsung ISOCELL camera sensor, and therefore, should be able to deliver similar performance with the 16MP ISOCELL sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S5. We still don't have any details on the exact Malaysia release date or pricing but we expect the Malaysia release of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha to be within a month from this date based on the previous release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and Galaxy Tab S 8.4.
Aug 14, 2014
Samsung fans have waited a long time for a semi-premium smartphone made from metal, and Samsung have finally given in by officially announcing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Rumoured to be the Samsung smartphone with the brushed metal backside, this appears to be still a rumour as only the frame is solid metal, but it does a lot to making the phone feel more premium. The Galaxy Alpha should now have less flex and feel a lot more sturdy compared to the larger and thicker yet more plastic build of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The perforated design on the back casing remains the same though just as the back material is also still plastic. Ironically, the Galaxy Alpha is much lighter at 115g and super thin at just 6.7mm. Check out the full tech specs and feature list for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha below:
- Octa-core Samsung Exynos processor (1.8GHz quad-core + 1.3GHz quad-core)
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB storage
- 4.7-inch display (Super AMOLED, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution)
- 12MP rear camera (LED flash, 4K video record) + 2.1MP front camera
- features LTE Cat.6, WiFi 802.11 ac, MIMO(2x2), NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 BLE, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Heartrate sensor
- 132.4 x 65.5 x 6.7mm | 115g
- 1860 mAh battery
- available in charcoal black, dazzling white, frosted gold, sleek silver and scuba blue
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Aug 14, 2014
Samsung's latest premium tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is now available from U Mobile starting from just RM1269. The Galaxy Tab S 8.4 has a retail price of RM1699 so there isn't that much of a price drop, however you will only have to sign up for a 12 month contract on either an Unlimited 50 or Unlimited 80 postpaid plan. In addition, there is no upfront payment if you qualify for the Limited Time Merdeka Promotion, which means you have to sign up for an extra SIM card for RM10 a month. This means one account must have 1 principal and 1 member. This deal is available until 30 September 2014 and you also get some pretty good freebies, such as an exclusive tablet cover and a 3 months free subscription to UCare Plus 8 if you sign up for the Unlimited 80 postpaid plan. Check out the table and links in this article for more details.
Aug 13, 2014
The successor to the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 has appeared with the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2. The 5.98-inch phablet was recently spotted at China's Tenaa revealing pics and tech specs. These tech specs and features include a 64-bit 1.2GHz Qualcomm snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB storage with support for microSD flash memory, a 5.98-inch display with 120 x 1280 pixel resolution, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front camera and Android 4.4 KitKat. Since it is coming out for China it supports TD-LTE which is the 4G LTE version in China. The phablet measures in at 163.6 x 84.9 x 8.6mm which is quite large despite having fairly thin bezels and an artifical leather backside. No specific Malaysia release dates or pricing yet, but if it is already out in China, it should be here in Malaysia soon.