No mention of the cpu alternative - the Exynos 5433? It is 64bit and 20nm whereas Snapdragon 805 is 32bit and 28nm. It may matter because also Android will be upgraded to 64bit as of the next version.
Had a play with the note 4 today in the samsung store in London, had one on display, was holding out judgement until i had a play, and from my brief experience today even though it looks very similar i will STILL but it. even though the device is ever so slightly taller and thicker, you would not notice, and the weight even though it is heavier somehow felt lighter which may or may not make sense i know!, the impression i got was that the device was uber fast, when held with my current note 3 next to it, everything looked punchier, the camera quality was hugely different, the screen was gorgeous and i like the design with the new metal band and tapered screen and back panel, which also feels nicer in the hand, did not have time or chance to really test the device but the things i use most i checked and ALL were much faster, bigger, brighter and just more refined, i probably wont buy it on day one as it is brand new and expensive and not so much different to note 3 but still massively good enough to upgrade, i will wait a month or 2 and the price will drop
AnonD-192501, 10 Oct 2014The iPhone 6 Plus is not a competitor to the Note 4. If it doesn't come with a stylus it isn't... morethis is stupid, especially considering the fact that no other phone/phablet comes with a stylus... if we go by what you are saying, this phone has no competition...
I know a lot of galaxy note users, and about 90% of them dont even use the stylus. they just buy it for the status symbol, same as most of you consider us apple users.
None of the negatives are worrysome except perhaps the gap. Will the gap be a collector of dirt perhaps even wedging the display and frame further apart? Will the gap lower the water resistance? I miss a closeup photo but will certainly check at the store.
usb3 would have been nice for faster offload of photos and videos onto a usb3 portable wd passport drive OTG but was perhaps downgraded to usb2 for the lower battery draw OTG and thereby heat generation.
I hope gsmarena will review also the mate7, the vibepro2 and in particular the nexus6.
Graphics performance wise, both off screen and onscreen(compromised by screen resolution) it still cant beat iphone which is evident in benchmarks.
Battery life, well it beats iphones which I dont know why apple cant fit large capacity batteries into their devices or maybe they are confident with the iPhone's power management and results are hell yeah just decent not stellar.
Lets leave display comparison to the user since its anyones preference between Amoled or LCD.
And most importantly camera performance, well just wait for the proper GSMArena shootout for a hopefully unbiased tests.
AnonD-209094, 10 Oct 2014Did we read the same review? In GFX T-REX Onscreen it scores only half of ip6+ and in the Manh... moreYeah.. Apple actually designs their own SOC's.. although they get someone else to fab it..
Samsung and all other Adnroid makers rely on Snapdragon designs from Qualcomm..
It's impressive to see a slow clock SOC beat the faster clocked Snapdragon.. but most don't understand it's not the speed of the processor - its how many calculations ( how much work ) can be done per 'clock tick'.. If you can do more work per tick ( like Apple ) you can do as much work ( or more ) then a faster clocked cpu ...PLUS.. you don't run as hot AND - this is big - you use less power !
This is how Apple can use smaller batteries and get good battery life..
CPU benchmarks and more:
Dododo, 10 Oct 2014What's with the really stupid comments?
The Note 4 camera is improved compared to the previ... moreThe problem is too many Android makers use Camera Mp's as a marketing tool to sell phones.
All pics get downgraded to 2 Mp's ( most smartphones )or 3 Mp's ( Note 4 screen ) when viewing on that smart-device ... as this is the screens max resolution.
You can record in 4k ... great.. that's 8Mp !! ( the iPhone 6 camera resolution ) - now you need a 4k screen to enjoy it.. PLUS.. you need tons of free space to make decent movies..
I'll stick with my HTC... anyone who needs that kind of Mp's in a camera will buy a professional camera. Try being a pro-photog and showing up at a wedding with a Note 4 and see how fast you get fired..
My HTC takes good pics..
Who the hell needs that much resolution ?
The note does 4k videos - 4k video = 8 Megapixels..
So you play back a 4k video onto the Notes 3Mp screen?
Most will be playing back on a 1080 widescreen home tv where it looks big..
This is why BIG Megapixels is a marketing gimmick for most of us..
Since every manufacturers' aces has been laid down, Im excited for GSMArena's camera shootout for this topdogs. It will be funny reading each camps' debate rebuttals.
Get there soonest GSMArena!
I would hate to be involved with planning the Note 5. There is really not much more they can do to improve this series. Sure they can use some more metal or waterproof it, but it seriously looks as if they are reaching the limit for technological advancements.
Good product, I like 2 things:
Less bloated TouchWiz
Overall quality of its components.
#gapgate (make it look cheap)
If Samsung does properly and accept the gap mistake, I could consider buying this one. But thats
Jovan, 10 Oct 2014As expected, amazing piece of tech. O and that basemark X benchmark! Even with over twice the ... moreDid we read the same review? In GFX T-REX Onscreen it scores only half of ip6+ and in the Manhattan Onscreen it barely manages one third. No Android will ever match iPhones in gaming, with or without ART, iPhones were always great that way and since the 5s they put all competition miles behind.
AnonD-317938, 10 Oct 2014Note 4's camera is made by Sony. Nope, its a Samsung ISOCELL sensor. Dont expect to see more Sony Exmor sensors in Samsung phones.
Gibby, 10 Oct 2014Er... what about integration with the VR headset? Surely gamers would be very interested in that? I heard you can only play with the VR for 25 minutes till it overheats... You may wanna wait till the first revision