Galaxy Note 4 gets battery-boosting firmware update ahead of launch

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We already know that the Galaxy Note 4 will arrive in Canada on October 24th, but now we know that, once here, Canadians will be able to squeeze a bit more battery out of their brand new phablet.

SamMobile points to German-language site in reporting that Samsung has already released the first firmware update for its 2014 flagship Note. The firmware is 36 MB in size and is supposed to bring improvements to battery life and stability.

The timing of this firmware update is pretty interesting, given Samsung’s Note 4 has only been out for two weeks and so far only available in parts of Asia. But with the device is scheduled for launch in the U.S., Canada, and Europe over the next couple of weeks (it starts shipping via AT&T on October 14), it appears Samsung was eager to get this battery-boosting firmware update out the gate before the phone hits global availability.

The Note 4 boasts a hefty 3,220 mAh battery, almost identical in size to the battery inside Note 3 (3,200 mAh). That said, it’s important to remember the 5.7-inch Note 4 also features a 2560 x 1440 Super AMOLED display, which can’t be easy on energy usage.

Display and battery aside, the Note 4 boasts a quad-core Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16MP camera on the back, and a 3.7MP sensor up front. So far, TELUS and Bell have already kicked off pre-orders and Rogers is taking reservations as well. Other carriers are expected to follow suit ahead of the October 24th launch.