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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 up close (hands-on pictures)

Samsung's new quad-core, quad HD Note ditches the S5's faux-leather look in favor of a chrome-y feel.

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Note, the new look

Four years after it improbably launched an enormous smartphone with a stylus, Samsung is at it again with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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TouchWiz inside

Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the Note 4 has Samsung's latest interface on top.

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Mouse, meet stylus

This stylus acts even more like a computer mouse with newfound skills like minimizing app windows and searching for words in a dictionary.

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Don't skip a beat

This version gains the Galaxy S5's heart-rate monitor, but has a textured design all its own.

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Holster it

As usual, the S Pen hides away in a channel cut into the phone's interior.

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Another view

The S Pen disappears almost completely into the Note 4's bottom edge.

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Right spine

The power/lock button on the Note 4's chrome-like spine.

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Left spine

A shorter-than-usual volume rocker lives on the left.

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Edges

Here's a closer look at the phone's chamfered edges.

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IR, are you?

The Note 4's IR blaster is right there at the top.

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Toggle town

As with the S5, the Note 4 tucks some useful settings into the notifications menu.

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One last look

The Note 4's softly pebbled backing feels nicer than the Galaxy S5's dimpled plastic.

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