UAE Samsung fans can now place Galaxy Note 4 pre-orders
South Korean vendor also announces mid-October arrival for Gear S
Samsung Electronics has announced its updated phablet flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, is now available to consumers across the region for pre-booking.
"The Galaxy Note series ushered in a new wave of innovation within the technology industry," said Hayssam Yassine, head of Telecommunications Group at Samsung Gulf Electronics. "Its large screen size and distinctive S Pen technology launched a new standard in smartphone culture, which has been warmly embraced by our regional consumers. The new Galaxy Note 4 provides an unbeatable Note experience by combining all the latest technology that users expect from the Galaxy series."
Samsung has introduced a refreshed S Pen and a tweaked screen for the Note 4. The 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display was designed to produce "clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles, and response times as fast as a millionth of a second", according to Samsung.
"Due to its large screen, the refined Multi Window feature is able to maximise the user's experience providing them with the key to easier multi-tasking," Samsung said in a statement issued earlier this month. "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."
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The camera system has also been upgraded for the Note 4. The 16-megapixel rear-facing camera features a Smart Optical Image Stabiliser designed for counter-balancing camera shake and automatically extending exposure time in dark settings. It is complemented by a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera with f1.9, which offers a default 90-degree shooting angle and up to 120-degree wide angle for group selfies.
The Note 4's supplementary features include a Fast Charging facility and Ultra Power Saving Mode. It also comes equipped with multiple microphones and an improved speaker phone aimed at better noise cancellation when speaking in loud environments. The Note 4 also offers an upgraded Fingerprint Scanner and a UV sensor, said to be the world's first to be embedded in a mobile device.
The Note series' trademark S Pen has been "specifically evolved" to serve as "the primary tool that users go to for common, everyday mobile device use". The updated pen is aimed at "a much more authentic pen experience, with a more natural brush effect that perfectly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen", Samsung said. The S Pen also enhances the Air Command functionality and includes other utilities such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and Smart Select. A new Smart Select feature allows the user to piece together content from different sources, and share it.
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The Galaxy Note 4 also provides users with multiple note-taking methods integrated with Samsung's S Note application. In addition to typing and writing, the Snap Note feature allows users to take a picture of their notes on a paper or a classroom board, and convert to the S Note. They can also jot down ideas with the Voice Memo.
The device features a premium-style curved metal frame that blends with the display. The 2.5D glass screen, inherited from the Galaxy S3, is designed to be hardy, while a soft-textured back cover is geared towards comfort and grip, for one-handed use.
Samsung also announced the imminent arrival of the Gear S in the region. The refreshed wearable is a significant update to its wrist-mounted range, as it allows calls to be made from the device through inbuilt 3G connectivity, rather than having to rely on proximity to a parent smartphone.
Samsung unveiled the Gear S less than two weeks ahead of arch-rival Apple Inc's unveiling of its Watch wearable. The Apple Watch and previous Gear models served as companion accessories, giving access to parent smartphone features by connecting to handsets. The Gear S is thought to be the first wearable to deliver standalone smart functionality on the wrist.
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"Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation," said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT and mobile communication, Samsung Electronics, at the Gear S launch earlier this month. "The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication. It will let consumers live a truly connected life anywhere, anytime."
The Gear S comes with a curved 2-inch Super AMOLED display and flexible band, which is swappable. As with its predecessors, it allows users to read messages and notifications, but the S is fully connected and does not require a nearby smartphone to deliver these utilities. While still expected to have a relationship with a Samsung handset, users can reply to incoming messages using the onscreen keyboard; use S Voice functionality; make and receive calls with complete autonomy; or get calls forwarded from their smartphones.
The Gear S allows users to control how they want to connect, choosing between 3G and Bluetooth connections, and automatically synchronising information when paired to a smartphone.
The wrist device provides access to information through widgets and combined notification boards. Features include turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation provided by HERE; a 24-hour news and views service from The Financial Times; and the ability to see and respond to social notifications instantly with Facebook.
Also included is a health-and-fitness app that uses on-board multi-sensors, built-in GPS, and S Health features. Applications such as Nike+ Running allow users to track activity while running, without the need for a smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 4 LTE 32GB model comes in Charcoal Black, Frost White, Bronze Gold, and Blossom Pink for AED 2,799, while the Gear S will be available in the UAE for AED 1,299 from mid-October.