Samsung has just released the latest in the Galaxy Note range, the Galaxy Note 4 at a packed-out hall ahead of this week's IFA 2014 conference in Berlin. Its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 received glowing praise and was actually more powerful than the Galaxy Mega. The Note 4 is the latest in a line of phablet releases capturing consumer interest across the globe.
The device has a 5.7in screen, a 2.5GHz processor, and a 16-megapixel camera.
But how does it stack up against its fellow big-screened Samsung phone, the Galaxy S5? Let's take a look at the specs and find out.
Size & Weight
The biggest difference between the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy S5, and likely what will be a clincher for most prospective buyers, is size. The Note 4 measures in at 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm and weighs 176g, while the S5 is considerably smaller, though only slightly thinner, at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm. And it's a fair bit lighter, at 145g.
With a screen size of 5.7in the Note 4 is very much a phablet. The S5, on the other hand, sports a 5.1in display, putting it in the smartphone camp. Resolution-wise, the Note 4 is superior, with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels to play with. The S5 trails with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a lower pixel density of 441ppi, compared to the Note's 515ppi. Both devices have an HD Super-AMOLED display, though the Note 4 has the S Pen of course, for better screen interaction.(opens in new tab)
Storage & Memory
The Galaxy Note 4 will ship in 16, 32, and 64GB iterations, and will also be upgradeable through a microSD card slot which can accept cards up to 64GB. The same goes for the S5, meaning both can be suped up to a maximum 128GB of combined internal and expanded storage. Samsung's partnership with Dropbox also provides 50GB cloud storage for users of either phone.
The Note 4 smashes the S5's RAM out of the window with a whopping 4GB to the smaller phone's 2GB.
The main difference between the two phones in this department comes from the front camera. The S5 has a 2.1-megapixel front camera, significantly less than that of the Note 4 which comes in at 3.7-megapixels. Both models posses a 16-megapixel rear camera and can shoot high definition video.
If you love sheer processing power, the Note 4 delivers with its Exynos 5543 quad-core system-on-a-chip clocking in at 2.5GHz. The Galaxy S5 clocks in at the same speed, but houses an Exynos 6, suggesting it could run a little faster than its big brother.
|Samsung Galaxy S5||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|1,920 x 1,080 pixels||2,560 x 1,440 pixels|
|Super AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
Processor and battery
|Snapdragon 805 / Exynos 6||Snapdragon 805 / Exynos 5433|
|Krait 400||Krait 450|
Claimed 3G talk time
|Up to 21h|
Storage and memory
|32GB / 64GB||16GB / 32GB / 64GB|
|1080p @ 60fps, 2160 @ 30fps||1080p @ 60fps, 2160 @ 30fps|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
Integrated wireless charging
|142 x 72.5 x 8.1mm||153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm|
|Android 4.4 KitKat||Android 4.4.3 KitKat|
Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)