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Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2014

Samsung is running events in Berlin, New York and Beijing to announce its new mobile products, widely expected to include the Galaxy Note 4.

  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:38:52 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:38:57 PM
    The battery saving function on the S5 are on the Note 4
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:39:24 PM
    Now microphones
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:39:41 PM
    You can record sound in 8 directions, and play them back separately
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:39:49 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:39:50 PM
    More and more smartphones are introducing radical power-saving modes, that shut down your phone's features almost entirely, in a bid to extend battery life. Great idea, and good to see Samsung hasn't stopped working on the concept.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:40:04 PM
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  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:40:30 PM
    There's better noise cancellation for phone calls too
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:40:48 PM


  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:40:55 PM
    There are a slew of new covers, including a Flip Cover and an LED cover that blinks info through the case.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:41:03 PM
    There's a Swarovski for Samsung case too. Bling bling.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:41:36 PM
    A new Samsung partner: Jens Henning Koch from Montblanc
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:41:38 PM
    For those who aren't up on pen culture, Montblanc make very fancy, expensive pens.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:41:52 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:42:15 PM
    I hope they're not about to suggest a Montblanc stylus. That would be painful to lose!
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:42:18 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:42:38 PM
    Montblanc Pix and e-StarWalker are being introed
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:42:46 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:42:50 PM
    Yep, a Montblanc stylus. It would be good if these are affordable, but I suspect they'll be very pricey.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:42:54 PM
    They are built for e-writing, writing on the screen
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:43:20 PM
    You can also use them to write on paper. It sounds like you need to change the nib, although it's a bit vague.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:43:35 PM
    Also a couple of covers: the Extreme and Soft Grain
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:43:42 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:44:26 PM
    For those curious, the Note 4 has 3GB of RAM.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:44:39 PM
    Next, Samsung Galaxy Gifts.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:44:50 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:45:24 PM
    You get lots of free apps with the Note, including Dropbox space
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:45:53 PM
    Freebie apps aren't likely to persuade you to buy a phone. But they might add a few pleasant surprises to the process of setting up a phone you've just purchased.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:45:54 PM
    It's going on sale in October
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:46:26 PM
    Now another device: The Galaxy Note Edge
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:46:55 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:47:22 PM
    It uses a curved display, clearly going to be the star of today
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:47:24 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:47:31 PM
    The Galaxy Note Edge puts app icons along the curved part of the screen. Can't wait to hear exactly how it's going to prove useful.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:47:53 PM
    Edge screen on the side shows something different to what's on the main screen at the front
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:47:59 PM
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  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:48:44 PM
    You can access tools on the edge screen with a swipe, like a ruler or a ticker. Yahoo powers the stocks app.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:48:46 PM
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:49:01 PM
    It can show you how long you have until you wake up.
  • Andrew Hoyle 9/3/2014 1:49:15 PM
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:49:19 PM
    The curved portion of the display will be functional, rather than purely aesthetic. It's got access to tools, and can be personalised, and shows notifications.
  • Jason Jenkins 9/3/2014 1:49:25 PM
    In the camera, the icons can sit there.
  • Luke Westaway 9/3/2014 1:49:30 PM
    Samsung is calling the curved portion 'Edge Screen.' I love the idea of keeping video playback buttons on the curved edge while you're watching TV or movies.
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