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.