Samsung, the South-Korean technology giant, has commenced sale of its latest and premium smartphone Galaxy Note 4 for 699 euro (about Rs 56,000) including taxes in Germany.
"Samsung Note 4 is for 699 Euro. It includes taxes," a Samsung sales representative told PTI at company's branded outlet in Berlin's prominent shopping mall KaDeWe.
At Rs 56,000, Note 4 has become the most expensive smartphone from Samsung's stable.
The phone is expected to be available globally in October and is to be launched in a phased manner.
Samsung has sought to make its Note series a higher premium phone with stylus from renowned pen maker company Mont Blanc. The low end digital pen model for Note 4 is priced at around Rs 9,600 (120 euro) and the high end Mont Blanc stylus model is priced at about Rs 32,800 (410 euro).
The Galaxy Note 4 has a 5.7 inch display similar to the Note 3, which was launched in October last year. The screen display has moved to advanced version Quad HD from Full High Definition.
This will give a better viewing experience in terms of contrast, density of colours etc, the company says.
In the new Note 4, Samsung has incorporated a multi-function feature on the same screen, which will allow users to use functions like chatting on the same screen along with reading, as it happens on computer.
The Note 4 has a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera with up to 120 degree wide angle shot.
Samsung representatives said that Note 4 has lower power consumption and increased battery life of 7.5 per cent compared to previous model. The battery capacity in Note 4 is 3,220 mAH compared to 3,200 mAh in Note 3.
The phone comes with features that can charge 50 per cent of the battery in 30 minutes, they said.
Samsung has introduced snap feature in S Pen which come with Note 4 for writing on phone. Snap feature allows to select a portion of image or text on screen and share it with desired person through email by simply pasting the selected image or text on email or any other application that allows sharing of images or text.
According to research firm IDC, 301.3 million smartphones were sold globally in April-June 2014, up 25.3 per cent from 240.5 million units shipped in the same period last year.
Samsung accounted for over 25 per cent share.