SINGAPORE - The flagship phone of Samsung was launched in Singapore on Wednesday evening at the Victoria Theatre, where the Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled to the media and partners.
The world's biggest handset maker also showed off its curved edge screen phone, the Galaxy Note Edge 4G+.
Former Miss Singapore and entrepreneur Jaime Teo also made a guest appearance on stage to show how the Galaxy Note 4 has helped in her cupcake business.
The new Galaxy Note 4 features a crisper, 5.7-inch display in a metal frame, reflecting Samsung's latest design strategy to keep pace with rivals including Apple Inc.
The new models come with Samsung's signature S Pen, a stylus that Samsung says "perfectly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen."
Another key feature of the Note 4 is its fast charging feature, which takes 30mins to charge a dead battery to 50 per cent, as opposed to the usual 55mins.
The Note 4 is key to a recovery by Samsung Electronics, which faced initial derision at the idea of callers holding elephantine screens up to their ears.
Since the Note's introduction in 2011, it has made 5-inch and larger screen sizes the standard for high-end phones as usage shifted overwhelmingly to reading and writing texts and emails or documents, using apps, watching movies or playing games rather than calling.
Barely last week (Sept 24), Samsung launched the Galaxy Note smartphone earlier than expected after US rival Apple reported record sales of its latest iPhone 6.
Samsung said the Galaxy Note 4 -- initially scheduled for launch in October -- would hit stores in South Korea and China this week before being sold in 140 nations by the end of next month.
It would be the first time a flagship Samsung product has gone on sale in China ahead of other markets, reflecting the firm's desire to battle growing competition from cheaper Chinese-made rivals.