Note 4 Và Note 5

Note on Note: Samsung Galaxy note 5 vs chú ý 4.

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The note 5 has arrived, và while Samsung seems to want to push the Galaxy S6 Edge+ instead as its killer app android king, the new note is still a corker.

But how much better is it than the classic Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 4?

We’ve been using the two phones side by side to lớn see what progress Samsung has made in a year & whether it’s really worth the upgrade.

As well as observations from just using these phones, we’ll be looking a bit deeper with specific camera and battery tests too.

Note 5 vs note 4: Design

A lot has changed in a year. The Galaxy cảnh báo 4 arrived at an awkward time, as Samsung was transitioning from its nasty plastic-fantastic design to lớn the glass & metal seen in the note 5.

The note 4 has a leathery textured plastic back and real metal sides, where the lưu ý 5 is made of Gorilla Glass 4 và aluminium alloy. The dodgy look & slightly cheap feel of the lưu ý 4’s textured plastic is gone.

A more expensive feel is the result.

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That’s not the most important change, though. You get used to lớn either after a few days. What matters more is that the chú ý 5 is also significantly narrower and a bit thinner, making it a good khuyễn mãi giảm giá easier khổng lồ handle. It much less of a stretch for your hand.

The chú ý 5 is 76.1mm wide, 7.6mm thick. The note 4 is 78.6mm wide, 8.3mm thick. It makes a difference, as does the new rear style.

Rather than having a flat back, the chú ý 5’s rear curves around at the sides, much lượt thích the S6 Edge+ does on its front. This softens out the feel of the phone, making the difference in thickness seem even greater than it actually is.

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Both phone have fingerprint scanners, which sit under the central home button. However, the note 5’s is significantly better. Where the old cảnh báo 4 has a scanner that needs to lớn be swiped, the newer version reacts khổng lồ a finger just resting on it. It’s much better in general use, feeling much more reliable.

Note 5 vs cảnh báo 4: Screen

As the king of screens, you might expect Samsung to lớn have made loads of progress since the chú ý 4. However the unique of these screens is roughly similar in most areas: both are awesome.

They’re both 5.7 inches across, have a QHD resolution and use Super AMOLED panels. With the right display setting you get great colour accuracy, & terrific contrast.

Colour performance is a bit better in the new phone, but what’s most obvious is that the cảnh báo 5 offers much greater peak brightness. You won’t need to get close to đứng top brightness in most situations, but in very tricky bright outdoors situations the newer phone is stronger.

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DisplayMate’s tests back-up our findings too.

“The Galaxy chú ý 5 is the Best performing smartphone display that we have ever tested. It takes over from the Galaxy chú ý 4, which was the previous record holder for smartphone display performance,” it says. That sums it up nicely.

Note 5 vs lưu ý 4: S Pen

The S Pen is one of the most important features of the cảnh báo series, but the tech behind the stylus hasn’t changed too much this year. That’s no huge surprise, when the cảnh báo 4 already offers the pressure sense fidelity of a dedicated Wacom graphics tablet.

Wacom makes the digitiser tech for the lưu ý series, and both phones have 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity và neither stylus needs its own power nguồn source.

What’s different? The cảnh báo 5 stylus has a clicker on the end. It doesn’t bởi vì anything, but does give you a nice click as you take the pen in and out of the phone.

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The software looks a little different too, but the functions are roughly the same. You use Air Command lớn access pen-led features, & they include S lưu ý and action Memo. These let you scribble away on the screen, & convert your scribbles to lớn characters, or e-mail them khổng lồ yourself as an image.

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Note 5 vs note 4: Connections

Not every part of the note 5 is an tăng cấp over the lưu ý 4. The older phone has an IR transmitter, the new one does not.

Few people seem to have noticed, but an IR blaster is a neat extra. It lets a phone act lượt thích a universal remote. Your cảnh báo 4 can control your TV, & so on. The lưu ý 5 can’t.

Most of the other connections are the same, though. It’s a high-end buffet. You get Wi-Fi up khổng lồ the ac standard, bluetooth không dây (4.2 in the note 5), Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB 2.0 and NFC.

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Note 5 vs lưu ý 4: Storage

Just as the lưu ý 4 has the IR blaster missing from the note 5, it has a microSD memory card slot, which the lưu ý 5 lacks. This is down to lớn a change in Samsung’s tactics. By making memory non-expandable, it makes the high-storage versions of its phones more attractive.

The chú ý 5 comes in 32GB & 64GB versions, while the lưu ý 4 has 32GB. You can get 128GB microSD cards for around £50, or 64GB ones for about £20.

Note 5 vs note 4: Software

Like all Samsung android phones, the note 5 and note 4 use the TouchWiz custom UI. And these days, both phones run game android Lollipop. The chú ý 4 launched with app android KitKat, but has since been given the upgrade.

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There are some significant-isn differences between the versions of TouchWiz, but ultimately these phones look and feel somewhat similar. They have separate apps menu and trang chủ screen areas, & the apps thực đơn borrows its background from the homescreen, making everything appear quite simple.

Both also have Briefing, the Flipboard-powered home screen news feed that lives just to the left of your left-most home screen. You can turn it off if you don’t like it.

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The differences? The phầm mềm menu customisation is different in the note 4, using an top-level Edit button rather than a more involved menu. The Air Command stylus thực đơn also looks different, taking up the whole screen in the note 4 where it appears like a small overlay in the cảnh báo 4.

Note 5 vs chú ý 4: CPU and Performance

Some elements of the note 5 haven’t been radically altered. However, the CPU has.

The chú ý 4 has a Snapdragon 805 processor, while the chú ý 5 has left the Qualcomm bandwagon lớn start up with Samsung’s own Exynos CPUs.

The Snapdragon 805 is a quad-core processor where the Exynos 7420 has eight cores, but more cores doesn’t necessarily make for better performance. While the clock speed of the cảnh báo 4 is a lot higher at 2.7GHz khổng lồ the cảnh báo 5’s 2.1GHz, the cores of the cảnh báo 5 are newer. Its performance cores are Cortex-A57 units, where the 805 uses older Krait 450 ones.

The architecture in general is newer too. The Exynos 7420 is a super-efficient 14nm chipset, where the Snapdragon 805 is a 20n chipset. This tells you the kích cỡ of the chipset’s transistors, và it’s a case of ‘the smaller, the better’.

The GPU is newer in the cảnh báo 5 too.

Geekbench tells us roughly the performance difference. All guns blazing the note 5 scores around 5200 points in Geekbench 3, dropping down khổng lồ 4100-ish when you enable power nguồn saving. The cảnh báo 4 scores in the 3835 area, a significant drop from the quite amazing (for mid-late-2015) performance of the chú ý 5.

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For the most part, though, both phones are very fast. And the note 4 isn’t all that much slower than the Snapdragon 810 CPU competition (like the htc One M9).

Note 5 vs note 4: RAM

The note series often has more RAM than almost any phone out there. The cảnh báo 5 has 4GB of the stuff, và it’s snappy DDR4 too. Being that bit older, it’s no surprise the lưu ý 4 has 3GB RAM, but it is still a lot for phone even today.

We had believed the cảnh báo 4 uses DDR3 RAM, but its performance is very similar khổng lồ that of the note 5. According khổng lồ the A1 SD RAM benchmark, both RAM sets are able to juggle data at up to lớn around 7000MB/s. Judging by our recent comparative tests, this seems very high for phone DDR3.

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Note 5 vs note 4: Camera

At a glance, the chú ý 5 and lưu ý 4 cameras seem quite similar. Both have 16-megapixel sensors, both have optical image stabilisation. However, there are some very important differences.

First, the lens of the note 5 is a lot faster, at f/1.9 to lớn the chú ý 4’s pedestrian f/2.2.

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The newer phone is also much faster to lớn shoot, with quicker shot-to-shot speeds and more reliable focusing. Samsung appears lớn have really levelled-up its processing too.

Where the cảnh báo 4 can often smear out fine texture detail, mistaking it for noise, the lưu ý 5 tends to lớn retain it. Low-light noise handling is also much better in the newer phone.

While they seem similar in specs, there are some worthwhile improvements that make the lưu ý 5 a significantly better camera.

Note 5 HDR

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Note 5 tự động HDR

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Note 4 HDR
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Note 5 non-HDR
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Note 5 Night
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Note 4 Night

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Note 5 vs lưu ý 4: Battery life

One worry of the note 5 when it arrived was that it has a 3000mAh battery where the note 4 has a 3300mAh one. However, efficiency savings across the board mean the chú ý 5 lasts just as long, and even longer in some situations.

One of these is video clip playback. Where the lưu ý 4 lasts for 13 hours playing a 720p MP4 video, the cảnh báo 5 hangs on for more than 15 hours. It’s a very impressive performance.

In general use you’ll get around a day and a half’s use out of a charge with either, making these phones good for power nguồn users. The benefit of the note 4 is that you get access khổng lồ the battery, and can carry around a spare. The cảnh báo 5’s battery is locked in.

So why is the chú ý 5 more efficient? The 14nm CPU is significantly more capable and the screen is less of a drain.

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Note 5 vs chú ý 4: Speaker

These phones haven’t gone in for the front-loaded speaker hijinx of phones like the smartphone htc One M9. The chú ý 4 has one on its back, the note 5 one on its bottom edge, in iPhone-like fashion.

While not class-leading, the cảnh báo 5’s speaker is a bit better than the cảnh báo 4’s. It has a bit more mid-range oomph, getting rid of some of the residual thin-ness of the older model.

Verdict

Is the lưu ý 5 a better phone than the lưu ý 4? Yes it is. Screen and camera tech have both been tweaked, the build quality is a league above and the CPU is both more powerful & more efficient.

It’s a next-gen phone & no mistake.

However, if you find a red-hot khuyến mãi for the cảnh báo 4, it’s by no means a bad buy. By including microSD tư vấn and an IR transmitter, you could easily argue the older phone is a more versatile truyền thông media device, and one that’s a bit more nerd-friendly.

The problem with lưu ý phones, though, is that they never seem khổng lồ become all that cheap. The combo of being genuinely great và genuinely different from most other phones means they don’t depreciate in quite the same way. Have money lớn burn? We’d still opt for the cảnh báo 5, mostly for the accessibility of its shaved-down frame and the bonus tốc độ of its camera shooting.