Unpacked 2014: Samsung eyes premium market with Note 4, Note Edge and Gear S

Sep 03 2014, 22:14 IST
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The real innovation has come in the form of 'Note Edge', which adds a curved screen extention to the Note 4. The real innovation has come in the form of 'Note Edge', which adds a curved screen extention to the Note 4.
SummarySamsung is pushing the smartphone to do a lot of new things and the Gear VR is the perfect example of this.

Samsung wants to change our perception of the smartphone even as it remains the big constant in the industry. So in Samsungís scheme of things the smartphone can become your notepad, your smartwatch and even a 360-degree virtual entertainment screen. The Korean company has been endeavouring to achieve the first the first two for a few years now, but the third is a completely new front in innovation.

On the sidelines of the annual IFA tech show in Berlin, the Korean tech giant on Wednesday announced the fourth verison of its flagship device, the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note 4 will be an upgrade in many ways, primarily with its note-taking abilities thanks to the improved S Pen and the addition of the Smart Select and Snap Note features that add new functionalities ó the former lets you clip and share just a small part of the screen, the latter lets you clip just a part of the new photo even as you take it.

The phone will also have a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED 2560x1440p screen which will set it apart from other such screen in the market and a 16MP rear camera to make use of this screen. The selfie culture gripping the world gets a new boost with the addition of a 120-degree wide angle lens to the 3.7MP front camera.

While the phone will be powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, we in India are most likely to see the 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) version as was the case witht the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Note 4 has an improved fingerprint scanner which blends well into the familiar design language.

But the real innovation here has come in the form of a new device called the called the Note Edge, which adds a curved screen extention to the Note 4. The rest of the device is the same, but the curved glass just gives it a new dimension by displaying news tickers from partners like Yahoo, or just showing your notifications or night clock in a more subtle manner.Though both the Note devices will hit the market in October, the Edge will not make it to all countries.

Pushing the innovation a step ahead, the Note 4 will power a completely new form factor called the Gear VR. This is basically a wearable virtual reality goggle like the Oculus Rift, but powered entirely

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