Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launched in South Africa

Samsung launched the latest iteration in its large-screened smartphone range, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, to the South African market at an event in Cape Town Internation Airport tonight (Thursday, 16 October 2014).

The device is set to become available from MTN and Vodacom tomorrow on various contracts, though the operators are advertising a few “hero deals”.

Vodacom has also said that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 without contract at a recommended retail price of R11,759.

Orange lists the Galaxy Note 4 in its online shop for R10,070.

The table below summarises some of the contract packages being advertised for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 deal Price Data Minutes SMS
My MTNChoice 100 R549 300MB 100 200
Vodacom Smart M R599 300MB 120 300
My MTNChoice 200 R649 300MB 200 300
My MTNChoice 350 R769 500MB 350 500

In addition to new features and hardware improvements, Samsung also announced that Note 4 would get 2GB per month free Wi-Fi for 12 months from AlwaysOn.

This is double the data allotment previously made available to Samsung devices.

As with its predecessors, the Note 4 comes with an accidental damage from handling (ADH) warranty from Samsung, albeit with reduced benefits.

Where Galaxy S4, Note 3, and S5 owners previously got two free repairs of liquid or screen damage, the Note 4 ADH warranty only covers one repair of screen damage (no liquid damage). It does still include free collection and return of the device, and a loan unit, however.

The DStv BoxOffice app which launched on the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also be available on the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, Gear VR

Like it did during the initial unveiling of the Note 4, Samsung also talked about a new type of large-screened smartphone it calls the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and the Gear VR, a virtual reality (VR) accessory for the Note 4 developed by Oculus VR.

Oculus VR is the company best known for its Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift.

Samsung South Africa has confirmed that the Gear VR will not be immediately available locally, but added that it is working on bringing it to the South African market.

The company was not able to disclose prices.

Similarly, South African pricing on the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was not available, but Samsung said it plans to launch it in South Africa during Q1 2015.

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