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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date, Specs and Rumors Round-up

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is about half a year away, rumors of Sammy’s next-gen high-end phablet are already surfacing online. What should you expect? That’s exactly what we’re trying to answer in this article.

Many customers have complained that Samsung’s smartphones aren’t premium enough as the company still uses plastic as the main build material. The South Korean phone maker tried to change our perception with the Galaxy Note 3 by introducing a faux-leather back. Anyway, the faux-leather turned out to be actually plastic just like the rest of the smartphone’s body.

Hopefully, things will be different after the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date. Less than a week ago a Samsung representative confirmed for Reuters that the company’s upcoming phablet will have a “new form factor,” which might be a confirmation for the rumors saying that Note 4 will have Youm-like display. Metallic casing? Most likely given that Samsung recently announced Beam 2, which sports an aluminium body.

Even though Samsung haven’t said anything about the Galaxy Note 4 release date, it’s fairly easy to guess when the new smartphone will be announced. All the Note smartphones have been strategically introduced in the fall, as the Koreans want them to arrive on the market in the same time with Apple’s new iPhones. Why? Because Samsung wants to bite an even larger chunk of iPhone’s market share pie. With the iPhone 6 reportedly coming in September, expect the Note 4 to be released in the first month of fall.

Another reason why the Galaxy Note 4 release date could be in September is Samsung’s launch calendar for the previous Galaxy Note smartphones. The last three Galaxy Notes were introduced in September, around the debut of Berlin-based IFA tech fair. The first generation was announced in the very first day of the show, while Note 2 and Note 3 were unveiled two days before the conference opened its gates for the public. This year, IFA is held between September 5 – 10, so we might get to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in flesh on September 3rd.

The first two Galaxy Note generations had Exynos processors on all markets, but Samsung seem to have changed their strategy last year when they fitted Qualcomm’s LTE Cat4-friendly Snapdragon 800 chipset under its hood. The Notes are traditionally more powerful than the Galaxy S smartphones launched ahead of them and the same will happen with the Note 4 and the S5. The latter one features a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, but this isn’t the most powerful unit Qualcomm will debut this year. The San Diego-based chip maker said that the first smartphones underpinned by its mighty Snapdragon 805 will debut in the second half of the year and Galaxy Note 4 might be one of them. Chances are we’ll see the Note 3 follow-up rocking a Snapdragon 805 SoC with quad-core 2.7 GHz Krait 450 CPU and Adreno 420 GPU.

Even though Samsung made a habit out of increasing the RAM amount inside their Galaxy Note phablets 1 GB per year (1 GB for Note, 2 GB for Note 2, 3 GB for Note 3), I believe it would be pointless to squeeze 4 GB of RAM underneath Galaxy Note 4’s case. Anyway, Samsung has done stranger things in the past so we shouldn’t rule this one out.

Galaxy Note 4’s screen might measure 5.9-inches. This affirmation is not based on a report coming from “Samsung’s supply chain.” It’s not even coming from a “trusted insider.” It’s just an educated guess based on Sammy’s previous launches. The first Note had a 5.3-inch screen, the second generation had a 5.5-inch screen, while last year’s Galaxy Note 3 came with a 5.7-inch unit. Are you spotting the pattern? That’s right, an increase of 0.2 inches per year.

The Koreans will definitely use Super AMOLED technology and since all the reports are indicating that Samsung’s rival LG will fit a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) screen on the yet-unannounced G3, we might see the same resolution for Note 4’s display.

Camera-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could arrive with the same 16 MP camera as the Galaxy S5 with a couple of add-ons. One of them might be support for 1080p@120fps video recording (to counter iOS’ slow-motion videos) and the other an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) module. The later one has been rumored to arrive on the Galaxy S5¬†too, but sources in the Korean media reported that Samsung had faced OIS module supply shortages, so the S5 skipped this feature.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will also feature all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: LTE Cat4, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, NFC, IR blaster, and microUSB 3.0. It might also borrow S5’s Home button-embedded fingerprint sensor and the rear-facing heart rate monitor.

If Google launches a new version of Android at least a couple of months before the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, the next-gen Samsung phablet could run it out of the box, customized with the company’s proprietary TouchWiz skin.

What are your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Are you looking forward towards any specific software features or technical specifications? Please let us know in comments.

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  • squishysdomain

    I hope that the Note 4 is about more than incremental spec increases. I own a Note 2 and the incremental functionality of the Note 3 was not enough to switch. Things I care about are:

    Battery life – the Note 2 is already one of the best for this, 2 full days of normal use in my case, but more is better. [This actually plays against stupidly high screen resolution as why waste power lighting pixels you cant really see as the screen is too small. Full HD on a 6 inch screen is more than enough]

    Security – finger print sensor would be great, but preinstalled theft deterrent software would be a must for a high end phone

    Better Camera – note this does not mean higher resolution. I’m thinking about OIS and optical zoom rather than just more pixels. Faster response is also important, the Note 2 camera is very slow.

    IR Blaster – I know this is on the Note 3 but its important not to drop it!

    Splashproof or better still water proof – I’ve not had a problem with the Note 2 but better to be safe than sorry.

    Things I dont need:

    More RAM, Speed, resolution, Yada, Yada. Speed is only needed for high end gaming and I would rather do that on my PC or even a tablet than on a little screen. I’ve played 3D games on the Note 2 and it works well but the user interface will never match a keyboard and mouse and the battery life is nowhere near good enough to support gaming (unless you are happy to loose connectivity prematurely). I know this is all specmanship so its going to be in there but we are long past the point of needing all this extra speed and resolution.