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Samsung launches Note 4, Note Edge and more

Just as the folks over at Apple gear up for their new products launch next week, Samsung has successfully wrapped theirs yesterday.

The South Korean tech giant launched the latest generations of their famed phablet, Note 4 and Note Edge, along with a few new “toys” during the 3 September launch at IFA Berlin 2014.

Back in 2011, Samsung released their first phone-cum-tablet Galaxy Note. Following the phablet’s huge success, Samsung has been releasing new generations of it since then. Fast forward three years later, and the world is now welcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.

Android Authority shows what to expect of Samsung Note 4.

Look-wise Note 4 might not seem much different from Note 3 but function-wise it has been updated to improve on the shortcomings on the previous generation. 

Noted improvements include an S-Pen with better sensitivity, the inclusion of fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and higher resolution front camera. It still boasts the same 5.7-inch screen as Note 3 but the display is now quad HD. 

Fans also now no longer have a reason to complain of their phones’ “plastic” feel. Following Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Note 4 comes with new metal band around the phone’s frame instead of the usual chromed plastic.

An interesting accessory paired with this new phablet is the Samsung Gear VR – a virtual reality headset.   

The Verge trying the Gear VR hands-on.

Samsung Gear depends on Note 4 to function. The two connects using a microUSB 1.1 connection. Powered by Occult Technology, the headset comes with these four functions built in: Oculus Home Oculus 360 Videos, Oculus 360 Photos and Oculus Cinema, the last one is basically a virtual cinema for 2D and 3D movies.

Moving on to the other Note, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge is a first of its kind to appear in a Samsung line. While not much different from Note 4, having the same functions minus 0.1-inch of screen size, what makes Note Edge stands out is the curled edge of the phone’s right side – which is also where its second screen is. The second screen houses widgets and apps, essentially it is a quick launch screen.

Note Edge is sort of like Note 4 with an added always-on secondary screen.

Finally, we come to Samsung Gear S. The wearable gadget is a smartwatch – a mini-phone you wrap around your wrist. Small it may be but it is big in terms of performance. Gear S impresses the tech crowd with its vivid 2-inch curved Super AMOLED screen and improvements from previous Samsung Gear smartwatches. 

What’s gotten the fans raving is the included snap-on battery charger that has an extra 350 mAh battery built in. Extra battery is always a good move in any tech book.

A first look of Gear S.

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