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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

Now that Samsung introduced their flagship smartphone for the first half of 2014, the media’s attention is turning towards the next big release of the South Korean company: the Galaxy Note 4. Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is yet unknown, it’s fairly easy to estimate when the new handset will be unveiled based on the company’s previous releases.

Before talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, let’s have a look at the hardware specifications that are expected for the upcoming handset. Because Samsung would want their Galaxy Note 4 to be one of the most powerful handsets on the market, they will squeeze a powerhouse under its hood.

While the first two Note generations arrived with Exynos processors, last year’s Note 3 packed a LTE-friendly Qualcomm chipset and we believe that the company will have a similar approach for the Galaxy Note 4. Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced it’s latest and greatest processing solution for 2014, the Snapdragon 805, mentioning that the new chipset will be included on the smartphones released in the second half of the year. We’re expecting the Note 4 to sport a Snapdragon 805 SoC with four Krait 450 CPU cores clocked at 2.7 GHz and a quad-core Adreno 420 GPU that it’s expected to deliver 40% more graphics and compute power.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 technical specifications could also include 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards up to 128 GB, and all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: LTE Cat 4., Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0. The Galaxy S5 was the first Samsung smartphone to come with a fingerprint sensor and heart rate monitor, therefore expect these to sensors to be integrated in the Galaxy Note 4, too.

With the Galaxy Note 3 already packing 3 GB RAM, which is more than sufficient for a great multitasking experience, I don’t believe that Samsung will bump Note 4’s RAM to 4 GB. Anyway, Samsung did some odd stuff in the past, so don’t be too surprised if you hear that their next gen high-end phablet arrives with 4 GB of RAM.

Camera-wise the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will most likely borrow the 16 MP camera from the Galaxy S5, but it will probably integrate an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) module. In fact, early rumors suggested that the Galaxy S5 will be first to have OIS, but sources in the Korean media reported later on that Samsung is having troubles manufacturing enough OIS modules, so they won’t include it on the device and that the Note 4 will be Sammy’s first handset with optical image stabilization.

As a refresher, Galaxy S5’s camera comes with phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.6” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, and 720p@120fps video recording support, and quite a few cool photo editing features.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will probably have a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Samsung made a habit out of increasing the Galaxy Note displays with 0.2 inches a year: the first Note had a 5.3-inch screen, Note 2 had a 5.5-inch display, and the Note 3 had a 5.7-inch unit. The company will use Quad HD resolution, because they will want their smartphone to compete against LG’s G3, too, a smartphone that’s expected to have a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen.

We believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date have been scheduled for September 3rd. Why? It’s not because a “trusted insider” told us, or a because an “anonymous tipster” has sent an “internal Samsung document.” It’s just an educated guess based on the company’s previous releases. The Galaxy Note are seen by Samsung as the smartphones meant to further bite a chunk of iPhone’s market share. With Apple’s iPhone 6 reportedly arriving late August, or early September, expect the Note 4 to see the light of day in the same time frame.

The first Samsung Galaxy Note was officially introduced at IFA 2011 tech fair, an event that it’s held every year in Berlin in September. Both the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Note 3 were released in special events that were held two days before IFA Berlin 2012 and IFA Berlin 2013 opened their gates for the public, respectively. With IFA Berlin 2014 debuting on September 5th, Sammy would probably hold an Unpacked event on September 3rd.

Unless Google decides to introduce a new major Android version before the Galaxy Note 4 is launched, the next-gen Samsung phablet will come pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat, of course, customized with the company’s TouchWiz UI. Expect the software features that debuted on the Galaxy S5 (Selective Focus, Ultra Power Saving Mode, Download Booster, and Private Mode) along with a couple of new S Pen-orientated functions.

In terms of design, the Galaxy Note 4 might depart from the design language Samsung used so far for their high-end terminals. If we’re lucky enough we might even get to see it coming with a metallic body, because there are a lot of customers out there wanting to get their hands on a Samsung smartphone built using premium materials. We’ve even heard some rumors saying that Note 4 will come with a Samsung Youm-like display, bent over the edges of the device, but don’t hold your breath on that.

What are your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Are you dreaming of any specific software features? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Articles

  • sam

    Dual SIM

  • sam

    4000 mAh battery

  • siddi

    5 megapixel second camera !

  • Tony

    Not digging the wrap around screen. I don’t see a purpose, it would seem more gimmicky than useful. Just because Samsung CAN do it, doesn’t mean they SHOULD do it. Additionally, getting a case will be tricky.
    Secondly, I’d love to see more use for the SPen. I don’t get a lot of use out of mine, although I’d like to.
    Finally, a package deal with a smart watch would be amazing.

  • Amit Goyal

    Dual SIM would be a great advantage if provided on a Note 4.. but don’t know why having dual SIM on a flagship is not considered as a premium feature by the manufacturer

    Also the S Pen should be able to Air Scroll/Pan the webpages etc. (without touching) and should do all the things that we do on a touch screen by sliding our finger over screen to pan or scroll a webpage, a list or move around the OS interface etc. The same should also be supported by doing it with a finger to eliminate the need of pulling the S Pen out time and again. Hovering by finger is already supported by Note 3 and S5 so seems very much possible have such functionality.

    IP 67 or better is highly expected from Note 4.

    4 GB RAM will surely be welcomed as you know how quick Android consumes it.

    As Samsung has a bulky Touchwiz skinning done over the original android that makes the phone sluggish at times, a great processor like SD 805 is a must on a phablet of 5.5″+ size.
    Camera of S5 is already a great one for sure so will suffice the purpose on Note 4 as well.

    Yes a battery having atleast 3500 mAh of current is very much expected. But don’t expect a 4000 mAh or more as we saw the battery current increasing hardly by a 100 or 200 mAh over the generations of Samsung flagships.

    • Justin

      U can scroll with the s-pen by hovering above. That feature has been around since the Note 2

      • Amit Goyal

        That’s true.. but what I was saying is that all that I do by moving while touching my finger should be done by just Hovering and moving my finger or S pen as well.. like panning, scrolling etc.
        Currently to scroll I have to hover either the top or bottom of a list/webpage that actually happens by mistake most of the times and create mess.
        I hope you got me now.

  • #lovinglife

    Will the Samsung Gear Fit be compatible with the Note 4?

  • InsaneJane

    I can’t even force myself to care and I’m a die hard Samsung user. Just let me update my dang note 2 already. How difficult can that be? I’m thinking if you want to see my future business you better start thinking of longevity.

  • John

    This is maybe the worst article I’ve seen yet about the note 4. It will have a new “form factor” and it will almost certainly have a 3 sided angle display. It will come with android 4.5. Basing this phone off S5 specs is idiotic.

  • Parag Kashelkar

    1.Dual Camera at the back which can give professional DSLR like images, similar to HTC M8 which can click 2 simultaneous pictures with different settings in terms of exposure and focusing and it should have an HDR easy to use software to merge the 2 photos to give a photo similar to a DSLR camera.
    2. Built-n digital photo filters like neutral Density grad filter.

    3. Also would like some accessories like a dock similar to Apple I phone which will also charge the phone simultaneously.
    4. It should also come with a designer spare charger with a spare battery. A similar thing is available from a Chinese manufacturer on e bay.
    5. Dual sim
    6. possibility of attaching an extra dual battery from the back as an accessory
    7. An accessory compact projector
    8 An insulator that stops it from getting heated
    9. Low radiation
    10. A feature that can trigger an alarm even when it is switched off
    11.Emergency battery which can work for min 5 emergency calls after the battery is dead.. with An additional solar charging strip similar to a calculator

    • Flip Jumpman

      With all those expectations you’re surly to be disappointed.

      I’d like to see best processor available, OIS, 4gb RAM, more S Pen features/functions, fast charging and lighter touch wiz.

      Also, I don’t think I’d mind waiting for the Note 5 (or other) and get my money’s worth out of my current Note 3. Replace the battery after it diminishes over time, pop in another sd card if I need to. Two things Samsung must keep always.

      Smartphones are getting stagnant, only so much can be done until new breakthroughs in technology drastically improve such as batteries…

  • Chris

    The 805 snapdragon is a 64 bit so it will allow 4gb ram unlike the 800 in the Note 3, so samsung wikl certainly utilize its power with a 4gb ram.

    • tedkord1

      I believe the 805 is still 32 bit. The 808 and 810 will be 64bit.

  • Csteg

    Fuuuuuu… literally just bought the note 3 a few days ago.

    I knew I should have waited

    • Flip Jumpman

      Really don’t know why and who you’re fuuuuu’ing? You didn’t know the Note 4 would be released around September?
      They’ve done that for the past few years.

      You can always return it…

      • Csteg

        I didn’t actually.

        I’m not that informed on smart phones

        I don’t see how the Note 3 could be much better so I’m content either way

        • Flip Jumpman

          Gotcha bro, Note 3 still a great phone.

          Enjoy it…

  • JB

    NOTE 4 needs to have SD 810, 4GB ram, XHD screen and Premium materials to keep Apple on its heals.

  • arjun

    i want the note 4 would be packed with super amoled display not IPS LCD….the processors GPU should be 64 bit atleast and CPU should be Adreno 405 resolution should me 2k minimum and more use of upgradable s-pen with lots new feature…body should be metallic or aluminium packed with 4GB RAM clocked at 2.7GHZ….camera should be 20MP rear and front must be 5MP atleast with all the camera feature in its previous one and last bt not least IP certified with water and dust resistance….then only i perfer note 4, I alwys refer samsung only bt this tym i hv to think currently i hv galaxy s2. Otherwise i may nw switch to iphone 6….if note 4 will b not satisfied me

  • Fatih Mehmet Kaya

    I think it should has a good projector