Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the test: Samsung’s crown jewel – Hardware Tests

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the fourth generation of Samsung's successful phablet series, and like its predecessors, combining cutting-edge technology with a large and brilliant display and the clever thoughtful and deeply integrated into the system stylus operation with the S Pen. But what it comes to Android 6.0 Marshmallow? According to recent information, some users in Hungary have already received an update, one is even in a video, such as marshmallow looks on the score. 4 All the details you will find in the section "software",

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Price and Availability

The Galaxy Note 4 is one year in commercially available since more, both at retail and online sales. There is a Exynos variant (N910C) with eight and a Snapdragon variant (N910F) with four processor cores. In comparison costs 539 Euro former, the latter is priced at cheaper notebooks currently 489 euros without contract. Save your current comes not manage to connect the Galaxy Note. 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: design and processing

Samsung follows the tested grade 4 his distinctive handwriting and combined in the phablet the design language of its recent Android devices: An aluminum frame as the Galaxy Alpha, the housing, the shine slightly beveled corners metallic silver, the frame itself carries the same color as the Casing. the frame at the top and bottom is slightly wider Like the Alpha.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8The metal frame of the Note 4 shiny silver at the edges, but the sides are the same color as the housing. / © AndroidPIT

The back is similar to the Galaxy Note 3, texture and gives the impression of leather, but here lack the artificial seams around the edges, making the imitation leather look is a little less intrusive. Overall, the workmanship and the feel of the material is very well done - a matter of taste RECOURSE the artificial leather will be still, but the implementation is good. Arrangement and look of the camera and the heart rate monitor including reminiscent of the Galaxy S5. The battery cover is as always with Samsung devices made of thin, flexible plastic and can be removed, including hide the replaceable battery (3220 mAh) and the slots for micro SIM and microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 5Down in the housing of the Galaxy Note 4 puts the S Pen. / © AndroidPIT

The S Pen the score 4 infected unchanged bottom right of the housing and the stylus itself has remained virtually unchanged compared to grade 3 and is made of lightweight, low quality a seemingly plastic. At the bottom of the Micro-USB slot and two microphones are installed, are located at the top of the headphone output, an infrared transmitter and a further microphone (whose functionality later).

samsung galaxy note 4 bottom micro usb pen sare located at the bottom of the Galaxy Note 4 of the Micro-USB slot, the slot for the S Pen and two microphones. / © AndroidPIT

Compared to Note 3 has not done much in the case size. The tested Note 4 is slightly longer and thicker than the Note 3, also slightly heavier - but the differences are small. Also on the front is reflected in the direct comparison with the score 3 hardly any change.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 12The back of the Note 4: A little more appealing than they were in grade 3 / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Display

The display is a first exclamation point: Even at Grade 3, the display was impressive crisp and vibrant, we then declared it one of the best displays on the market, and it still is today. Samsung has with the score 4 but refills and the 5.7-inch display with WQHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) provided. So it comes down to a pixel density of around 515 ppi and enter into direct competition with the LG G3 or the Oppo Find 7, which also have QHD display.

samsung galaxy note 4 Top closeupThe display of the Galaxy Note 4 in review: Super sharp and brilliant as the previous model grade 3 / © AndroidPIT

This key technical data are not everything that matters, but in our review of grade 4 the impression that Samsung now stands with its displays close to the limit to perfection confirmed: ultra-sharp, crisp presentation, contrast and color reproduction are excellent, viewing angle stability is top - there's nothing to complain about. The bar is set with the score 4 very high, and the competition will find it difficult in the near future to get to this standard. So it is hardly presumptuous to claim that Samsung has ever built not only his best display, but at the same time one of the best smartphone displays in the note. 4

DE casemate note 4 1In Review: the class display of the Galaxy Note 4 / © AndroidPIT

Whether you like or the classic high saturation of AMOLED displays not is a matter of taste, but the score 4 shows the test what it takes to bring vehement LCD advocates a rethink. The settings for the color display (for example, a reduction in saturation) do the rest.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Features

Samsung's Note series has an unbeatable advantage. The S Pen Since the first grade, the Koreans have touched up here a lot, so that the digital stylus is a very useful feature with little quirks and flaws since Grade 3 at the latest. The latency time is minimized in the handwriting recognition works in the test of grade 4 reliably and accurately, and the range of functions has been expanded from model to model with useful features. Read more about it in the software section. Who gets used once to work with the S Pen will soon realize how strange and imprecise it feels to the touch 4 back with your finger to operate.

Galaxy Note 4 s front penThe S Pen makes the score 4 in the test particularly. / © AndroidPIT

New to the tested grade 4 are also the three microphones, one of which is located two on the bottom and at the top. They are used not only for an improved suppression of background noise when making calls, but are also the capturing and recording of voice, for example, interviews, improve. Each microphone records sounds depending on the direction of isolated, following can then be selectively disabled part of the socket.

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This worked in the test may not always be optimal and some with poor recording quality, but is an interesting additional feature - at least for use in the professional environment of us journalists. How useful this feature for others is to be seen, but it underscores Samsung's claim to deliver the Note 4 a professional companion for the labor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 6Two microphones at the bottom of the Galaxy Note 4 take noise on separately. / © AndroidPIT

In addition to S Pen and triple micro the Note 4 also has the heart rate monitor and the fingerprint scanner on board, which were introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S5. Regular readers know of this side is that we had to fight with the S5 and the S5 Mini problems with the fingerprint recognition, when testing the score 4 However, the scanning operation is smooth and mostly reliable. The functional scope has been expanded, now it can be used in addition to the authentication of the Samsung account and the PayPal account also the Web Sign-In.

Galaxy Note 4 homebutton fngerThe fingerprint scanner is also included in Galaxy Note 4th / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Software

Marshmallow on the Note 4

Where German Note 4 users yet to wait for a marshmallow update, users in Hungary can apparently change already on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. A Hungarian users revealed via YouTube video how the new Android operating system looks on the score. 4 YouTube 4 (SM-N910F) uploaded a video of his ardaiaron Snapdragon model of touch, probably running with Android 6.0. According ardaiaron his device to have received the marshmallow update on December 4, 2015.

Apparently this is the video to a marshmallow version that is not yet fully developed. In the video, the Samsung cloud suddenly ceased to function. With the final version still existing bugs and errors should be corrected. Since Android 6.0 Marshmallow is already being rolled out in Hungary, we can expect a prompt start in Germany. Until then, you can watch watch the video and see what you can expect with the next Android update.

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow the score 4 gets some new features to about the new Air Command menu, which also comes in grade 5 is used. The off-screen function is finally officially reach the grade 4th The feature allows you to write notes in standby mode on the display.

Flat, friendly, fresh

The user interface is designed according to the new TouchWiz look you could see already in the Galaxy S5. In the settings menu, we found when testing the score 4 but a white background which makes everything seem friendly, but could have a negative impact on battery life due to the AMOLED displays. The view on the most recently opened apps seems to be already anticipated what is reacted with Android Lollipop: The apps appear as a rotating deck.

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DE note 4 screenshots 1The Galaxy Note 4: white background in the settings menu, stack view at the recently opened apps. / © AndroidPIT

you can sweep to the right, you reach the Flipboard Briefing home screen, which is the result of Samsung's MyMagazine and fast "briefings"So provides brief information about current events, in different areas of interest. A long press on the back button opens a sidebar with small apps that can be laid as a floating apps on the current home screen. Some apps can also be reduced from a full-screen view by pulling from the top right corner of the finger into the air. If you switch to the home screen, little floating symbols remain, over which one can launch the respective app right back course is also the multi-window mode on board that enables the simultaneous display of two apps on the screen.

DE note 4 screenshots 2Instead MyMagazine 4, the Galaxy Note the Flipboard Briefing. Also: Some system apps can be displayed floating on your home screen and resized. / © AndroidPIT

Some new features there is also associated with the S Pen, which is deeply integrated into the system when tested grade 4 and now even better than before responds to the input: pressure, speed and angle of inclination, the software detects and transmits these factors influencing the typeface to achieve the highest level of authentic representation of handwriting. Two new pen types in the S-Note app make use of it: Depending on the write speed, pressure and slope of the S-Pen-Top line thickness varies and in calligraphy mode, the opacity of the virtual "ink",

DE note 4 screenshots 3Calligraphy pen and Air Command Menu: The S Pen is the killer feature of the Galaxy Note 4 / © AndroidPIT

When testing the Note 4, however, the S Pen not only works as a full replacement for analog pins, but in addition also like a mouse on a PC: If you hold the button on the pen and drag to highlight items on the screen directly - just as, as you know it from the computer. This makes copying text much easier, but it also works with images and other elements.

Galaxy Note 4 s pen air commandThe software for the S Pen has been expanded to useful functions in Galaxy Note 4th / © AndroidPIT

As an additional function is also "Smart Select" added. With this you can select items on the screen and paste it into the clipboard. The special feature: You can select several different items one by one and stored together (including metadata), for example, to route bundled multiple search results in a web search.

the feature "snap music" lets you capture handwritten notes of notes or whiteboards: The camera detects notes, takes this and automatically adjusts the screen at oblique viewing angles straight. Subsequently, the notes will be straightened out and displayed on a white background on the screen - if necessary they can be further processed in the S-Note app like a normal note then.

The multi-window feature has also been enhanced: Apps can now be opened directly from the overview of recently opened apps that appears as Android 5.0 Lollipop as a deck of cards in a split window (multi-window). This facilitates the use of this feature, but still works only with selected system apps from Samsung and Google.

Practically in the test of the Galaxy Note 4 also the adjustable size of the camera search image appears: Taking the viewfinder from the upper right corner of the finger in the center, the viewfinder will reduced to a pop-up window that is above the home screen and can then change any size and position. From the pop-up view also the viewfinder image can be drawn directly into the multi-window view to (for example, a Messenger) show parallel another app by drag & from the camera app to insert drop directly into a message.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Performance

Here, Samsung is expected to be little nakedness. The Snapdragon 805 processor that comes in the European model is used, clocked at 2.7 GHz and is flanked by three gigabytes of memory - enough for the most demanding tasks. In our note-4 test we had in connection with TouchWiz still find occasional stuttering. Especially Flipboard wanted sometimes, but very slowly get moving, some other apps, even - this is probably due to Samsung's ressourcenhungrigem system. Apart from these minor flaws, the Note 4 is in test but a beast and delivers the best performance, even when running computationally intensive tasks such as graphically demanding games. In stressful situations, the Note 4 is indeed quite fast warm, this property, we also know of other top devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Camera

Here again, Samsung goes one step further than the Galaxy S5: The main camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels and Sony's camera sensor IMX240, the shooting and the real-time HDR view are identical to the Galaxy S5, but an optical image stabilizer (Smart OIS) ensures that even with restless hands or with longer exposure times as little shake arises.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11The camera of the Galaxy Note 4 has an optical image stabilizer (OIS Smart). / © AndroidPIT

Even with the front camera, Samsung offers a bit more: The front lens of the tested Note 4 has a resolution of 3.7 megapixels and a maximum aperture of f / 1.9, which is much brighter than in its predecessor, the S5. The heart rate monitor can also be used as a trigger (as soon as you take your finger off the heart rate monitor is a picture taken).

In addition, Samsung offers the tested grade 4 the first time a feature that we already know from the Huawei Ascend P7: "Wide selfie", A kind of selfie panorama, with which you can make group portraits (Huawei calls it "Groufie"). The principle works here just like the P7: Only take the middle frame and then pan the camera left and right, three images together into one. In our test, this worked well, the software forgave coarser wobbles and produced a respectable image.

The quality of the photos is good in the test score of 4 as we know it from Samsung's devices - even the score 3 could convince with his camera, the Note 4 is a decisive step further. The only real problem is the very strong image noise when shooting in low light. Photos in daylight out well macro shots also. Color representation and contrast are attractive, and the optical Image Stabilizer helps when shooting in low light.

The camera software is reduced to a minimum as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, recording modes, there are only a handful. Other modes are available for download, the main configuration options are available in grade fourth Amazingly, it takes about one to two seconds for the menu to flip out with the manual settings - for a quick snapshot is too long and inexplicable given the otherwise good test performance of the music. 4

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Battery

The battery of the Note 4 is a good size with 3,220 mAh, and despite the very high resolution displays the score of 4 is in the test with this capacity playing throughout the day - we arrived at full brightness and without power saving mode to around 9 hours Display-on time , For additional reserves, there is the ultra power saving mode the score 4 whose limitation Although withdraws permission to Note 4 to call it Smartphone; but when it comes down to it, he can still bring out some extra juice out of the battery. It can also be due to rapid charging function charged in half an hour half.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
176 g
3220 mAh
5.7 inches
2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi)
3.7 megapixels
16 megapixels
4.4 - KitKat
3 GB
32 GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (SM-N910S)
Exynos 5 Octa (SM-N910C)
4 (SM-N910S)
8 (SM-N910C)
2.7 GHz (SM-N910S)
1.9 GHz (SM-N910C)
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

After testing the score 4 Samsung has us once again proved that as soon no one approach comes in the phablet-range in terms of quality and functionality of the note series. While in the smartphones, the distances between the manufacturers are increasingly smaller and large are becoming increasingly similar, Samsung has with its Notes an absolute leader position. The clever integration of the S Pen is the icing, which settles also the note 4 of the competition. But even apart from that, Samsung has done everything right in Note 4: top technology, fine workmanship and a small design concession to the critics with the metal frame - the Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung's best note and the crown jewel of the year.

This article is based on information and impressions from our first hands-on and on a review by Kris Carlon for

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