While the phone will be powered by a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, we in India are most likely to see the 1.9 GHz Octa-Core (1.9GHz Quad + 1.3GHz Quad-Core) version as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy Note 4 will be an upgrade in many ways, primarily with its note-taking abilities thanks to the improved S Pen and the addition of the Smart Select and Snap Note features that add new functionalities — the former lets you clip and share just a small part of the screen, the latter lets you clip just a part of the new photo even as you take it.
The real innovation here has come in the form of a new device called the called the Note Edge, which adds a curved screen extention to the Note 4. The rest of the device is the same, but the curved glass just gives it a new dimension by displaying news tickers from partners like Yahoo.
Pushing the innovation a step ahead, the Note 4 will power a completely new form factor called the Gear VR. This is basically a wearable virtual reality goggle like the Oculus Rift, but powered entirely by the Note 4, which is the screen that gamers and movie enthusiasts for whom this device is intended will peer into.
The Gear S, which will now come with a curved AMOLED screen and will be able to live a unfettered life thanks to inbuilt 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Except for the first set-up and later software upgrades, the Gear S will be able to de-hyphenate its existence from the Galaxy devices it was yoked to in the past. It will be able to function as a full fledged phone in the process.
Samsung showcased its new range of ultra HD televisions, including the largest curved television in the world at 105 inches. The company also showed the world a new bendable television, again at 105 inches. This model can become flat as well a bend when you are in the mood to watch a movie.
Samsung also launched a new tablet, the Galaxy Tab Active, aimed at the enterprise market. The device will hit production soon.
Sony has launched the Z3 series of smartphones and tablets- Xperia Z3 flagship smartphone, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The company has also launched the Xperia E3 mid-range smartphone with Sony’s Z series flagship design along with LifeLog (personal Android application from Sony) compatible two smartwatches called SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3. On the audio front, Sony introduced a Bluetooth speaker and a headset called BSP10 Bluetooth Speaker and SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth Headset.
The flagship Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch full-HD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and houses a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU. Other display features include TRILUMINOS display for mobile and X-Reality for mobile picture engine. It comes with 3GB RAM along with 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD SDXC cards.
The Xperia Z3 Compact features a 4.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It shares the same hardware specifications with the flagship Z3. The major differentiators are the screen size- 5.2-inch for Xperia Z3 and 4.6-inch for Z3 Compact, RAM- 3 GB for Xperia Z3 and 2 GB for Z3 Compact, battery- 3100 mAh for Z3 and 2600 mAh for Z3 compact and weight- Z3 weighs 152 grams while the compact version weighs 129 grams.
Based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz processor with 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Adreno 330 GPU, the tablet comes with an 8.1MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor and 2.2MP front-facing HD chat camera.
"The Xperia E3 handset matches form with function at an affordable price point. E3 combines fast performance with impressive features, all wrapped in our flagship Z series design that you can be proud to show off," said Calum MacDougall, Director of Product Marketing Programme, at Sony Mobile Communications.
SmartWear Experience is Sony’s vision for smart, wearable technology founded on three principles: lifelogging, flexible style and intelligent notifications. SmartBand Talk is a lifelogger, bringing call handling and voice control from your wrist, with an always-on curved 1.4-inch e-paper display. SmartWatch 3 is the first smartwatch specifically designed for the latest Android Wear updates. Desktop web interface, and open API for Lifelog app later in 2014.
Microsoft has launched its flagship Nokia Lumia 830 Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone ahead of IFA 2014 Berlin.
This premium polycarbonate and metal Lumia has a 5-inch ClearBlack display with Curved Gorilla 3.0 glass, and runs a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 16GB of memory, which is expandable by 128GB via microSD.
The Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 feature a Full-HD 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera with a focal length of 24mm. The smartphones are targeted for those who believe in “selfies are a way of life, and Skype is the only way to call.” Based on Windows Phone 8.1, users will be able to switch from voice to Skype video calls with just one tap and enjoy clear audio in noisy surroundings. A free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription is available in selected markets.
HTC showcased its Desire 820 with brand new specs to replace the popular Desire 816 smartphone. The Desire 820 comes with 5.5-inch 1280 x 720px Super LCD2 display at 267ppi along with a 13MP rear camera and an 8 MP front camera. The smartphone is the first official Android device offering a 64-bit chipset and features a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 with an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor with four 1.5GHz and four 1.0GHz cores. It comes with 2 GB of RAM and is powered by a 2,600mAh battery.