First Look: Samsung’s Note 4, VR and more

Samsung packed plenty into the second 2014 edition of its Unpacked event.

Samsung
Wanna buy a watch?

Or a big honking phone? Or a slick VR headset? How about a big honking phone with a neat-o curved edge? If you answered yes to any of those questions, Samsung’s got you covered, having launched two new smartphones, a smartwatch and the aforementioned VR headset at Wednesday’s Unpacked episode 2 event. Have a look.

The Galaxy Note 4 (October, price unspecified)
The Galaxy Note 4 (October, price unspecified)

The Note 4 was the most anticipated product to launch at Samsung’s big show. As you might expect, it’s a whopper of a device – packing a 5.7-inch, 1440p (!) screen, on which you can see Samsung’s heavily customized version of Android 4.4, which features improved multi-window support.

The Note 4
New camera, new back

The Note 4 also features a 16MP camera that boasts in-built optical image stabilization – a handy feature on a device big and heavy enough to make your fingers quake under the strain. A leather-esque finish on the back should also help you maintain your grip.

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More new stuff

Samsung’s made a host of other improvements, including a new version of the S Pen stylus, better battery performance via faster charging and improved power-saving modes, and a fingerprint scanner for security purposes.

Note Edge (later in 2014, price unspecified)
Note Edge (later in 2014, price unspecified)

Apparently the same device as the Galaxy Note 4 with an additional little bit of display surface area draped over the side of the phone, the Note Edge is Samsung’s way of saying that they have flexible display technology, and that we shouldn’t forget it.

Gear S (October, price unspecified)
Gear S (October, price unspecified)

Of course, with the release of the Gear S smartwatch, it’s not like we’d forget about the curved displays. It’s a little more stylish than the other smartwatches on the market currently, and it boasts a ton of different sensors, GPS, 3G and so on – making it a lot less dependent on a paired smartphone than other devices.

Gear VR (later in the year, price unspecified)
Gear VR (later in the year, price unspecified)

The Gear VR is a virtual reality headset, produced in consultation with Oculus VR. Essentially, it’s a VR rig for your Note 4 – you plug the smartphone into the front of the headset, and use its display as your screen.