The growth of the phablet segment is once again set to be confirmed by the launch of the Galaxy Note 4.
This successor to the highly successful Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be launched in the first week of September just before the IFA 2014. Meanwhile, the iPad continues its domination of the tablet segment with its latest iteration, iPad Air. Released in November 2013, this device has once again managed to take the benchmarks to new levels.
The design of the Galaxy Note 3 received a lot of positive reviews even though the subsequent Galaxy S5 has been unable to sustain it. The Galaxy Note 4 may deviate significantly from the design philosophy of Samsung partly because of the criticism Galaxy S5 has been facing. It is expected to come with significantly smaller bezels than before, which will produce the bulk of the phone. The iPad Air, meanwhile, continues to take the design language to a new level. As its name suggests, the iPad Air feels extremely light on hand due to its thickness of 7.5 mm and weight of just over 450 g. These are impressive figures for a device that has a 9.7 inch display.
The 9.7 inch display on the iPad Air is significantly larger than the 5.7 inch display that is expected to be present in the Galaxy Note 4. However, all indications are that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with QHD display that is expected to take its pixel density beyond 500 PPI. This would be almost double the 264 PPI offered by the iPad Air. The effect of having such an incredibly high resolution display will be most evident especially when it comes to watching ultra high-definition movies. The iPad Air has not made significant changes in terms of display technology and the Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to deviate from the Super AMOLED technology either.
Internal memory has always been a strong point of the iPads with their different offerings. The iPad Air retains this advantage with the basic version, offering 16 GB storage, which can be overlooked in favor of a 128 GB variant. Apple also offers 32 GB and 64 GB options. The Galaxy Note 4, being primarily a mobile phone, also excels in this regard by offering from 16 GB to 64 GB of internal storage. Should this not be sufficient, one can go for the expandable memory slots that will support up to 128 GB.
The 16 megapixel camera seen on the Galaxy S5 is expected to continue its job on the Galaxy Note 4. The iPad Air, meanwhile, comes with a substantially lower grade 5 megapixel camera, which is just about enough for taking good quality pictures and videos. The Galaxy Note 4, though, can do more – like 4K video recording and offer image stabilization.
The base version of the iPad Air with 16 GB storage and Wi-Fi connectivity comes at $440 while the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to cost around $750.
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