Back when the Samsung Galaxy Note was released in 2011, the South Korean phone maker has been on a roll in improving the hardware and feature specifications of its phablet line-up of devices. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which happens to be the company’s current flagship large screen device, has been loaded with several goodies that will make it the object of desire for thousands of smartphone enthusiasts.
Samsung has developed a proclivity of releasing two smartphone variants carrying the same brand name. On this occasion, the Galaxy Note 4 comes in two chipset variants.
- Samsung’s Exynos 5433
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Samsung’s Exynos chipset is able to zip past the Snapdragon 805 in a variety of tests, according to the latest benchmarking reports conducted through a series of tests. The remaining details of both chipsets have been detailed in the table below.
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 805||Samsung Exynos 5433|
|Processor||Quad core Krait 450 at 2.7 GHz||Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 & Quad core 1.9 GHz Cortex A57|
|LTE Modem type||Cat 4 (150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds)||Cat 6 (300 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds)|
|GPU||Adreno 420||Mali T760|
Purchasing the octa core variant will not only grant you better performance but it will also grant better mobile network speeds; so it is only fitting that the popular proverb, ‘Killing two birds with one stone’, is added here. One drawback of using the octa core processor will be that it will not be as energy efficient as the Snapdragon 805, so if users who prefer increased battery life compared to a small boost in performance, they can always settle with the Snapdragon chipset variant. Moving on, Samsung has decided to retain the amount of RAM present in its previous flagship phablet, the Note 3, so you won’t find more than 3 GB of RAM present in the Galaxy Note 4. The disappointing thing about both chipsets is that both of them are running processors that do not support the 64 bit architecture, unlike Apple’s A7, A8 and A8X chipsets.
Maintaining the screen size of 5.7 inches, Samsung has went forward and upped the resolution of the device to a whopping 1440p, which is the same resolution present in the device’s competitors, the Nexus 6 and the DROID Turbo. While increasing the resolution, it might have slipped the phone maker’s mind that while the company should also have increase the battery capacity in order to counter the detrimental battery draining effects of the 1440p resolution. Compared to the Note 3, the Note 4’s battery capacity has only increased by 20 mAh. While the DROID Turbo possesses a 3,900 mAh battery, what the device does not possess is a microSD card. Both the Nexus 6 and DROID Turbo are void of expandable storage options, which is a really disappointing sight considering they both belong to the high category of smartphones with exorbitant price tags.
The Note 4 however, allows up to 128 GB of upgradable storage, in addition to the 32 GB internal memory already present in the device. High capacity storage aficionados will be looking forward to this feature. Unlike the Galaxy S5, the Note 4 is not IP 67 certified and therefore, will not be resistant to dust and water. The phablet does however, possess the new S Pen. While most users will likely conclude the S Pen as an encumbrance, the S Pen does have its own features, and combined with the Touch-Wiz interface presented by Samsung, you will be given a plethora of functionality.
All in all, the Note 4 brings a satisfactory rating to the table. Samsung has no doubt decided to cut corners, while making some necessary upgrades (such as features and hardware specs). While some of them are totally unnecessary ones (the 1440p resolution), you still have a very powerful mobile computing device in your hands.