Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 is the First Smartphone to Feature a UV Sensor; Further Expands S Health

September 3, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson


Earlier today, Samsung announced the new Galaxy Note 4 and a special edition of the Galaxy Note 4 dubbed the Galaxy Note Edge, during their Samsung Unpacked event at IFA 2014 in Berlin. It’s been a busy day for Samsung, with a lot of new devices being announced onstage. One piece of information that Samsung didn’t spend all that much talking about however, was the latest sensor that Samsung has included in their latest generation of the Galaxy Note line. This time around, it’s a UV sensor, measuring ultraviolet light that’s harmful to the user’s skin. We knew this was coming, but now it’s here and it further strengthens the S Health suite on the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge.

The UV sensor itself does exactly what you’d imagine it does, it measures the level of UV light in the area and then relays that information to you. Thankfully for the majority of users, Samsung does this in an accessible manner. The S Health app on the Galaxy Note 4 and Edge will display the UV level in the area by Low, Moderate, High, Very High and Extreme levels From there, the S Health app will offer you advice on how often you need to reapply sun block or just to get out of the sun for half an hour or more altogether. Taking a reading of the UV level however, does take a little doing, as you have to have the Galaxy Note 4 at more than 60 degree angle against the sun, but we’re sure Samsung has this explained nicely on the device itself.

While this all seems a little gimmicky, it is a nice addition when it comes to technology meeting our everyday lives. After all, how many people end up damaging their skin by spending too much time in direct sunlight? With the Galaxy Note 4 and Edge, people will be able to enjoy the sun without having to deal with sunburn or worse, lasting skin damage that could lead to skin cancer. What do you think to this latest sensor, is it a sensor too far?