Note 4 is the first phone with UV sensor, protecting beachgoers since 2014

Note 4 is the first phone with UV sensor, protecting beachgoers since 2014
Samsung took the stage to unveil an impressive Note 4, which might be considered one of the boldest approaches in the franchise history so far. The phone cobbles together the latest and greatest in mobile tech at the moment, like a 5.7" Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 processor, and a 16 MP camera with optical image stabilisation. Not only that, but it offers a new design with a steel frame, just like the premium Galaxy Alpha.

On the sensor side, however, Samsung has something completely new to offer us  - namely an UV sensor, for the first time on a mobile device. It comes adding to an already huge stable of mobile and biometric sensors, like an improved fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor. The UV piece will be used to measure the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, and be incorporated to prevent users from burning their skin, bringing premature wrinkles and moles, and increasing the risk of melanoma.

There are a five UV index levels: Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme, and the S Health app will issue tips for tanning and sun exposure, based on the place and time you are using the sensor to measure the radiation rating. For the measurement to happen, one will have to maintain more than a 60 degree elevation angle against the sun with the back of the sensor. What do you think about this new addition to Samsung's smartphone sensor stable?

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Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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32 Comments

1. alextdarling

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

Gimmick?

4. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Nope. It's not.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah it is fanboy

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well ofcourse its gimmick for fat nerds behind the computer...duh.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

it is innovative... this sensor is more better than heart rate monitor...

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Innovative sure. But useless. We don't need all these just wake up already...

28. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Especially YOU won't need this. How often do you get the sun to see to start with?

29. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

All day everyday. I'm not a nerd who sits in his dark basement FYI

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Your gimmick detector is broken. Please change the batteries.

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

is that meant to be funny ?

25. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it's a gimmick

9. alextdarling

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

I can look up into the sky and know I need sunscreen, not a £500+ UV gimmick

31. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Sun =/= uv radiation. It depends on ozone levels of that area as well smarty pants. So yeah .. this thing us useful for *as phonearena said it* beachgoers.!

12. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Why does your personal lifestyle experiences determine what the feature will be for others as far as utility? Use some common sense.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

To you its gimmick, for others it's a great features. Why hate technology. I believe you still drive a car with manual windows and no power steering. ... Lmfao.

27. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Definitely!

32. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

Am I the only one who (lives in New Zealand) who would find this super usefully because NZ summers are always scorcher and I get burned on average once or twice every summer and hate sunblock so this issue absolutely awesome to see know a smartphone ☺

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Samsung is taking health to the next level

3. topseeded

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

No fingerprint sensor? Are you kidding me? So much for security! Apple is going to just roll right over them now.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

There is a fingerprint scanner. Just nobody cares.

13. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Saphire display will be their biggest selling point. Note 4 vs iphone 6 (5.5") Z3C vs ip 6

19. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I'm still not sold on sapphire being that great. Even among the current Android phones that already use sapphire. Nor am I sold on the fact that the iPhone 6 will have it. I'll need to see some serious drop test comparisons before I use anything with Sapphire. I honestly regret paying extra for it on my watch. It's chipped in a few places now with some faint scratches and I didn't think that was supposed to happen.

23. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It's called class and prestige fine materials. Rado Breitling Rolex Tag-Heur Omega Patek Philip And other watch makers use Sapphire glass. That depends on how and what amount of sapphire thier is on the item. Well next time what you can do is buy a $2000 watch and exchange the sapphire to gorilla glass. Or normal cheap glass.

30. topseeded

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

I thought there was no fingerprint sensor because not one word of it was mentioned in the presentation. After reading an article on the new phones I realize they did have an improved fingerprint sensor. Now I'm disappointed there weren't new apps developed to use the fingerprint sensor (like mobile payments using credit cards).

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

however practically useless to most users these new features will be, we should only be thankful there's at least one company that tries to explore new possibilities and does not play it safe.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Wow people nowadays can't live without this? Faith in humanity lost.

15. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Man you are really the most annoying creature on this planet. See you're here again, on. a Samsung's article spreading your hate again.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Okay so you hate me :) I don't know a single person who before stepping out of their door thinks: "damn, I wish I had a device to measure the UV index right now". I mean jeez. People should know without these if UV is high. If sun shines, you're in a part on earth with lot's of UV and it's summer. If you go on beach you put on sun cream. You won't use this to know exactly how much that cream you'll need.

14. supa_dupa

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This sensor...changes everything....

18. Lyngdoh

Posts: 319; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Yeah, changes like people are going to stop using sunscreen and instead use a Note 4's sreen between their face and the sun and bam! There they have it, a brand new sunscreen.

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