Preorders for Samsung’s largest phone, commonly referred to as a crossover combination of both a tablet, and phone will begin later today.
The Galaxy Note 4 will start preorders on the same day as Apple launches their iPhone 6, and 6 Plus, a move that is being scrutinized as underscoring an ongoing feud between the two companies.
Samsung has also launched a harsh marketing campaign, which includes ads that describe iPhone 6 features as being outdated, instead of ground breaking.
However, despite the bad blood between the two companies, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with some impressive features, and hardware specs that will catch the attention of any hardcore smartphone user.
A 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and a 5.7-inch QHD display are at the devices heart, and it runs on Android 4.4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. It also features a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera.
The phone boasts near-field communication chip, but this has been commonplace in the Galaxy series for some time, and that is something that Samsung has not shied away from pointing out. The phone will also come with Samsung’s newest S pen, which is their trademark stylus for these devices.
The phone will cost $299, from three of the four major carriers in the United States, and cost $349 from Sprint with a two-year contract. If you’re looking to buy a Galaxy Note 4 off-contract, then you will be paying anywhere from $700-825 depending on the carrier.
However, it’s the power beneath the hood that will ultimately prove to be the seller with this device. The quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset and 1440p display make the Galaxy Note 4 the most technologically-tricked-out phone in the Samsung arsenal.
Ironically though, as Samsung has made a lot of marketing attempts to make more noise than Apple this fall, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are competing with Apple any more than they previously were with this phone. The Galaxy series phones by Samsung compete with Apple iPhones, and that should be remembered when evaluating the Note 4.
The Note 4 actually does a good job of ensuring that they stay ahead of their real competition, which is the LG G3.
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Samsung will also be offering a unique promotion that gives people who preorder the Note 4, the opportunity to trade any functioning device in for $200 toward a Note 4. The devices will become available on October 17th.