Samsung managed to beat Apple to the punch by unveiling its flagship phablet for 2014 before Apple made its new iPhone 6 Plus official, but unfortunately announcing a phone and launching a phone are two very different things. Android fans know exactly what they have to look forward to when the Galaxy Note 4 finally hits store shelves, but they won’t be able to get one in their hands until nearly a month from now; Samsung announced on Thursday that it will begin taking preorders for the new Galaxy Note 4 on Friday, September 19th — which also just happens to be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch day — ahead of an October 17th release.
The Galaxy Note 4’s specs are highlighted by a 5.7-inch quad HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera and the latest available version of Android KitKat. As we noted in our hands-on preview of the Note 4, the display is absolutely gorgeous and then phone is plenty powerful.
Of course, it doesn’t quite have the sex appeal of the iPhone 6 Plus though, and we can see some people deciding to skip the Note 4 in favor of the 6 Plus now that we know there’s almost a month left before it starts shipping. Then again, severe supply constraints could mean that the iPhone 6 Plus will take just as long or even longer to obtain for many users, so it might be a wash.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 4 will launch on all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., and pricing will be announced by individual carriers.
The full press release can be found below.
Updated with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint launch details and pricing at the bottom of this post.
Pre-orders Start Tomorrow for Samsung Galaxy Note 4; Available October 17
Samsung delivers 4th generation Note series and continues to define the large screen smartphone category
DALLAS, TX—September 18, 2014—Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung) today announced that the Galaxy Note® 4 will be available in the U.S. beginning October 17, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow. Bringing new experiences and focusing on what matters to consumers and business users, the next-generation device is the most advanced large-screen smartphone yet.
“Samsung created the large screen smartphone category with the Galaxy Note and are on our fourth generation, a category others are just entering,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “The Galaxy Note 4 delivers a refined Note experience, and the latest technology that consumers want in their smartphone.”
The Galaxy Note 4 delivers unrivaled smartphone experiences including a brilliant display, advanced photo technology for front and rear camera, battery improvements, and S Pen™ enhancements. The Galaxy Note 4 enables users to get even more from their mobile device every day. The extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED® display creates stunning viewing experiences designed to enhance what users see.
The Galaxy Note 4 features advanced front and rear cameras for brighter, clearer images. The 16 megapixel rear-facing camera features an Optical Image Stabilizer, crisper images and advanced zoom technology. In addition, the device includes a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera that captures shots easier than ever before and, with a wider angle, more people can be included in the picture. Both the front and rear-facing cameras have improved sensors for better, brighter photos in low light.
With Adaptive Fast Charging1, the Galaxy Note 4 can go from no battery to 50 percent in about 30 minutes. The device is also equipped with Ultra Power Saving Mode, which offers standby time up to 24 hours on only 10 percent of battery life, allowing access to select applications, so that users have power when they need it most.
Samsung continues to refine the S Pen experience with easier interactions through shortcuts to make everyday tasks faster and easier. With the evolved S Pen, writing is more natural, allowing users to easily handwrite e-mails and texts, capture and edit meeting notes and post handwritten notes to their homescreen. The S Pen also offers the ease and precision of a computer mouse, making it simpler to select and move content, resize windows, and drag and drop between apps.
With the Galaxy Note 4’s 5.7-inch screen, the Multi Window feature has evolved for easier multi-tasking. Users can choose how to access applications with full, split or pop-up screens, and can easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with an intuitive swipe.
The Galaxy Note 4 features a new sleek design with a premium metal frame and Samsung’s signature removable back cover for easy access to the removable battery and microSD card slot. The Galaxy Note 4 will be available in Charcoal Black and Frost White. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular will carry the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy, as well as Amazon, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target, Walmart will also carry the Galaxy Note 4. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing, availability, pre-orders and specs.
Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 between September 19th and October 16th and get a guaranteed total trade-in of $200 on any working smartphone. For more information, visit http://www.SamsungGalaxyPromotions.com/Note4.
The Galaxy Note 4 is the newest addition to the Samsung For Enterprise (SAFE™) portfolio, a growing family of highly desirable Samsung enterprise products and solutions equipped with productivity and feature enhancements that make them suitable for business use.
Business users can work on the go with confidence with Samsung Knox™3, the world-class government-grade security platform that provides protection from the hardware layer all the way to the application layer, securely separating enterprise and personal data on a single device.
Galaxy Note 4 accessories will include S-View® Flip Covers in a variety of colors, Wallet Flip Cover, Protective Cover, Replacement S Pen and multiple power solution options including Wireless Charging S-View Cover, Spare Battery Charging System, 9500mAh Battery Pack and Wireless Charging Vehicle Dock. The Gear VR, available this Fall, will also be compatible with the Galaxy Note 4.
UPDATE: Here are launch details and pricing from AT&T:
- Price (Next pricing is always $0 down, $0 activation…upgrades available after 12 or 18 months):
- $34.42 per month with AT&T Next 18.
- $41.30 per month with AT&T Next 12.
- $299.99 with a two-year agreement.
- No annual commitment for $825.99.
- New customers and existing AT&T customers who activate a new line of service with a smartphone on AT&T Next will receive a $100 bill credit.
And from T-Mobile:
T-Mobile today announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 4® will be available for online pre-order beginning Wednesday, September 24 at 9am PDT.
Demand has been high for Samsung’s newest phablet since announcing pre-registration on September 3. Samsung’s “Gear-A-Day” Giveaway, hosted by T-Mobile, received nearly 100,000 entrants with winners receiving killer accessories and prizes like the Samsung Gear™ Circle and Gear™ 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available at participating T-Mobile stores nationwide and online starting Friday, October 17 for $0 down and $31.24 monthly for 24 months. With T-Mobile’s industry-leading trade-in guarantee, the Un-carrier is also making it easier than ever for customers to get the very best deal on the Galaxy Note 4.
And from Sprint:
The innovative Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrives at Sprint on Friday, Oct. 17, with the benefits of the high-speed data capabilities of Sprint Spark and the best rate plan options of any national carrier for individuals, couples and families.
Preorders for Galaxy Note 4 begin Friday, Sept. 26, at http://www.sprint.com/galaxynote4.
With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Galaxy Note 4 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $30 (SRP: $720; excluding taxes; service plan required).
Sprint also extended its limited-time offer for the Sprint Family Share Pack. A family with up to 10 lines, can get 20GB of shared data and unlimited talk and text for only $100 a month through 2015. For a family of four, that’s a savings of $60 per month versus AT&T’s and Verizon’s current pricing through 2015; double the data of AT&T and Verizon; and double the high-speed data of T-Mobile.