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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4: the perfect phablet for your VoIP calling needs

October 1, 2014 by Omar Sohail

With blazing processing, wireless and mobile connectivity performance, the Galaxy Note 4 is the perfect companion for your Android device’s VoIP calling needs,

Large screen smartphones (more commonly known as phablets) have popularized over the years thanks to their abilities of being able to possess both features of a tablet (large screen size, widened to provide exceptional comfort-ability) and a smartphone. While the Galaxy Note 4 and its younger brother, the Note 3 haven’t deviated from each other in screen size, the upgrade in technical specifications has crowned this device as the perfect companion for appeasing your Android device’s VoIP calling needs.

Specifications that will boost app performance and thwart the competition

Every upgraded variant of a particular product will always have one thing in common; improved performance thanks to better specifications compared to its predecessor. On this occasion, the Galaxy Note 4 comes in not one, but two processor variants, which are:


      • Qualcomm’ Snapdragon 805 chipset
      • Samsung’s own Exynos 5433 chipset


While the Snapdragon chipsets are notoriously known for their impressive performance numbers that are able to crush VoIP and other intensive applications, the Exynos 5433 chipset is able to fare better in performance when pitted against the Snapdragon 805, as evidenced by the latest benchmark report released by AnTutu. Even though Samsung’s home grown chipset is able to slip past the Snapdragon 805 in pure performance; this in no way means that Qualcomm’s chipset does not possess any impressive mobile computing capabilities. After all, a chipset possessing a quad core Krait 450 processor with a base clock speed of 2.7 GHz is not something to be trifled with.

The 200 MHz increase over the Snapdragon 801’s chipset’s processor will deliver a nice performance boost. In addition, without going in to too many specific details, the Snapdragon 805’s architecture is said to be far more energy efficient compared to its predecessor, granting extra battery juice when you are immersed in making free international calls through VoIP apps or playing Minion Rush, apps whose appetite for battery life never seems to get sated. However, if you feel inclined towards Samsung’s Exynos 5433 chipset, the octa-core processor (4 cores clocked in at 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 while the rest are at 1.9 GHz of the Cortex A57) will have you covered plentiful. There are several myths revolving around poor battery life thanks to the increment in the number of cores, but the 3,220 mAh battery will keep the device operating long enough for you to go back home and charge it before the smartphone hibernates due to depletion of battery life.

While the 3,220 mAh battery is a small bump in overall battery capacity compared to the 3,200 mAh battery present in the Galaxy Note 3, the energy efficient processor coupled with the Samsung’s upgraded UI will ensure that battery life remains plentiful when you are engaged in casual VoIP calling sessions or taxing movie playback sessions. The only 2 things that will end up having an adverse effect on the total battery like is the 2K resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and the latest Kitkat operating system (version 4.4.4). Most users have already made several complaints regarding their devices not being able to provide sufficient battery life after updating to the latest operating system. It should be noted that not all devices being updated to the latest operating system will succumb to its deleterious ‘rapid battery depleting’ effects and only a small percentage of Kitkat users’ devices were afflicted by this issue.

Useful information for users looking to buy the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has a habit of releasing multiple models of the same smartphone product. To make potential buyers more edified on what product they are going to purchase, given below is a table to the technical specifications cross checked with the model number they will be carrying.

 

Model No. Chipset RAM GPU Internal Memory Det. Wireless Adapter Det. LTE Modem Det.
SM-N910S Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 3 GB Adreno 420 32 GB (64 GB microSD capable) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band Cat 6 (300 Mbps DL speed)
SM-N910C Exynos 5433 3 GB Mali-T760 32 GB (64 GB microSD capable) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band

Cat 4 (150 Mbps DL speed)

 

Even though the Exynos 5433 chipset is able to beat the Snapdragon 805 in processing performance, Qualcomm’s in built LTE modem is able to provide better mobile connectivity performance compared to its rivaling chipset’s LTE modem. If the user’s main purpose is to stay connected to wireless hotspots to make free international VoIP calls then performance levels from the two devices will be on par thanks to the wireless adapter supporting the same wireless standards. However, Qualcomm’s LTE modem is able to provide twice the downloading speed compared to the other device and that only means, better VoIP calling performance. If you can sacrifice a small pint of processing performance over twice the mobile connectivity speeds, then the SM-N910S is the model you should go after.

Pricing details

While the pricing of the Galaxy Note 4 has not been announced as yet, the pattern of pricing flagship devices is such that they will carry the same price tag that the previous flagship device cost at launch (in this case, the Galaxy Note 3’s launch price was $650 without contract). Smartphone enthusiasts who are looking to save some green from their wallet do not necessarily have to purchase the device as soon as it hit market shelves. A little patience will end up saving you a little cash and deliver the same Android smartphone experience.

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