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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date: What to Expect

Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 3 in September 2013, and even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is more than half a year away, there’s no doubt that the Korean company is readying a successor for the high-end phablet. Of course, there’s no official information about the Galaxy Note 3 successor (maybe except for the fact that it will be called Galaxy Note 4), but this doesn’t mean that we don’t know what to expect.

Back, in September, when the Galaxy Note 3 was introduced, Sammy’s 2013 high-end phablet came to replace the highly-appreciated Galaxy Note 2, one of the devices that made the phablet segment so popular. In fact, the phablets are no longer a niche product, and they had become so popular that, if it is to believe the rumors, Apple is also working on a 5.5-inch iPhone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was better than the Galaxy Note 2 in almost every single way: faster processor, better screen, higher-quality camera, and improved S Pen and software experience. The Note 3 is slimmer than its predecessor and it has a premium design, too. That’s what we are expecting for the Galaxy Note 4.

Even though it’s only January, the folks at Samsung already tipped that the Galaxy Note 4 is on the way. The rumor mill speculates that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date has been set for this fall, while other speculations suggest that the Galaxy Note 3 follow-up will come with a three-sided display.

The rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are already making the headlines, even though the smartphone’s release date is more than half a year ago, and we are sure that they will intensify as the launch will get closer. The first concrete details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 should begin to emerge in the second half of the summer, when the first leaked photos and benchmark scores should start to hit the web.

Not long ago, a Samsung representative said that the Galaxy Note 4 release date could be this fall and that the phablet will arrive with new Samsung wearables. While the Galaxy Gear 2 might see the light of day synchronized with the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S5, a different type of wearable device might be launched along with the Galaxy Note 4.

It looks like the Korean phone maker is sticking its usual release pattern in 2014. After it was confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be released in March – April time frame, now we hear that the Note 4 will see the light of day in the fall, giving Samsung the opportunity to compete against Apple’s iPhone 6. While the Galaxy S5 will dominate the market from April until September (when the iPhone 6 is expected to debut), the Galaxy Note 4 will help Samsung bite a chunk of iPhone 6’s market share.

Summing up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will most likely be introduced at IFA Berlin 2014, a German-based event that will open its gates for the public on September 5th.

Sources in the industry say that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come with a completely different design and that it will be available with both plastic and metal bodies. Will Samsung have a similar approach for the Galaxy Note 4? We can’t know for sure, yet, but we are confident that we’ll no longer see the faux-leather back of the Note 3, as it didn’t manage to impress critics.

One thing is sure, though. If the Samsung Galaxy S5 will indeed arrive with a metal case, like the rumors suggest, then we will definitely see a metal Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the fall.

Also, expect the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to come with a different screen unit than the one fitted last year on the Galaxy Note 3: 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED. It was already reported that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will come with a three-sided display. We don’t know yet how the three-sided display looks like, but we believe that it’s similar to the Samsung YOUM concept showcased at CES 2013. QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) is also in cards. AMOLED technology? Most likely.

As you probably know, Samsung introduced a Note 3-like smartphone with Super Flexible AMOLED curved screen. It can’t be just a coincidence. Samsung wanted to see how the public reacts to curved smartphones, and the Galaxy Round was some kind of lab rat.

We will definitely see new software pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 4, different from the one of the Galaxy Note 3 and the one that will debut on the Galaxy S5. It’s too early to anticipate what software features will be introduced in the TouchWiz version running on the Galaxy Note 4, but there will most likely be even more S Pen-optimized features and some new gesture controlls.

Samsung is constantly improving the camera modules fitted on the back of their flagship smartphones, and so will happen with Galaxy Note 4’s shooter. It’s known that Samsung is currently working on a 16 MP ISOCELL camera module and that it might come with optical image stabilization. It was reported that even though the Galaxy S5 will not feature an OIS module (because Samsung can’t manufacture enough until April), but that optical image stabilization will make it to the Galaxy Note 4.

A recent report coming from a Taiwanese source said that both Samsung and LG will integrate fingerprint sensors on their high-end smartphones of 2014. Other reports indicated that both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 will come with iris scanning technology. When asked about the iris scanners being integrated in the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4, a Samsung representative said that the company is “looking into the possibility.”

What about Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s availability? Just like its predecessors, the next-gen Galaxy Note phablet will be available for purchase on all major US carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, or Verizon. Samsung will want their phablet to have a high degree of penetration on the US market, especially now that the iPhone is sold through T-Mobile and US Cellular, too.

The price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will most likely be higher than the one of the Galaxy S5 (which will reportedly come at $199 on-contract). Last year, the Galaxy Note 3 debuted at $299 with a two-year contract, and that’s what you should expect for the Galaxy Note 4.

What are your expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Are there any particular features that interest you? Please let us know in comments.

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  • AcemanX AcemanX

    OMG I can’t wait, a three sided display? That’s going to be mind blowing, as usual Samsung is bleeding edge. I actually loved the new back of my note 3, the fastest thing on earth, it was better than the note 2 that’s for sure. OIS would be amazing! I wonder who they’re going to rock it, 805 snapdragon or exynos 6?

    • Jorgezilla

      I love my note 2. Got it a month after it came out, and I’m planning on getting the note 4 as my upgrade. I really do hope they end up having a metal option. The screen by itself is already amazing. Putting it in a metal casing will make it one hell of a looker.

      • AcemanX AcemanX

        I was there on launch day for the Note 2 on Tmobile, I was the first one in line, first at my work place to have it, I loved it to death, but when the Note 3 came out I went apeshit, quicker, faster, thinner, lighter, 3 world firsts (3GB ram, micro usb 3.0, and 4k recording), a better phone in every sense of the word, Honestly I have to ask why didnt you get it?

        • Bill

          How much thinner do you guys want this thing?? Geez. Does anybody care about front facing speakers? These phones are thon enough, I don’t want them any lighter. Let’s work on front facing speakers for something really important. okay?

          • AcemanX AcemanX

            Speakers? we don’t need no stinking speakers! hehe but seriously, i don’t care about the speakers, i bluetooth everything, i hardly never listen to my speakers, what for, even if they put in top of the line speakers it won’t sound as good as headphones or bluetooth to my $2000 car stereo…it doesn’t have to be thinner, i like it the way it is, i agree with you it rocks, id like a eye scanner or thumbprint scanner

          • Bill

            I want front facing speakers because I am sick of listening to YouTube or whatever from the rear. I don’t blue tooth dude. After what the HTC One did no excuse not to.

          • AcemanX AcemanX

            Lol cmon man, no matter what kind of speaker it has, it won’t sound as good as it was intended, you should get some quality headphones because the quality of the audio this particular hardware can produce would be wasted on a tiny speaker, do you know that this phone can play 24bit audio, thats UHQ, ultra high quality, I’m talking about uncompressed FLAC audio, and it’s one of the few phones in the world that can play such high quality audio. 1 song is literally 80 something megs. It’s the highest quality commercial available. .. Play on some tiny speakers? Wasteful.

          • Bill

            Okay you win! I do own Bose headphones but I feel funny wearing them from my phone. Understand, I grew up on the 70’s when we rocked serious stereos with vinyl and tapes. I am from the boom box generation bud. You obviously know quite a bit. I have a lot to learn! Just feels funny running headphones from a silly phone when I am used to 250 watt amplifiers!! Help!

          • AcemanX AcemanX

            Haha, no worries my friend, funny you should mention vinyl, some, if not the the best uncompressed highest quality audio come from a vinyl source, so I understand where your coming from. These incredible rips are 24bit, and on your bose headphones must be amazing, see if you can download a FLAC music album like Coldplay’s Viva La Vida, and listen to how gorgeous that sounds! On our stock player you will know it’s 24bit because it will say UHQ on the upper right of the player…

          • Jason

            Htc isn’t an innovative leader yet. What they taught us is that it takes a lot of space to put in unnecessary speakers that are barely a step up. AND. Those speakers are pointless unless your alone Pretty much. Almost noone in public uses device sound. It’s just a waste of space for a gorgeous screen..

          • Jason

            Front speakers are a waste of space. The front of devices are maximizing screen size while lessening space for things less needed already. I wouldn’t be for a ghastly 3/4inch wasted just for sound. Boo. The whole htc concept with boomound is cool but your not going to get decent sound out of a dang phone anyway.

          • Front speaker will not be a good idea. It will only dirty the screen surface of the device.

  • maaen

    I will only buy a Note 4 if I can remove the battery…I really do not care about waterproofing if it means that the phablet will be permanently sealed and I cannot remove the battery from inside the device as and when I want to…. I will not ever buy a large Samsung Note tablet either…that is because I cannot get to open the back to remove the battery (no matter how large) in order to charge it in an external charger
    Call me old fashioned or whatever but that is the way it will always be … I want to be able to keep my tablet and phablet alive for many years to come even if I were to buy newer generations of such devices in the following years to come….
    If Samsung does not make a version with a removable battery then I will not buy anymore from them.

  • Kisorchand

    Right now I am using Note 3 which I purchased last October by pre order 4G Ltte version from Malaysia . I would be very plesed if Note 4 comes with 6 inches Amoled Display with 2K resolution as I am not satisfied with present 5.7 inches display in browsing mode. Bigger the screen is better with higher the resolution. One reason why I never looked towards iPhone is such small screen not comfortable for browsing and not representing unique VIP handset style with premium feel. Only thing Samsung has to emulate lies in changing as mentioned above as well as metal casing.

  • CDW

    I hope it is not thinner or lighter than Note 2. I also hope they do not do away with the physical home button. I tried the HTC One Max but could not get used to not having a button. I would also like a larger screen as well. I also agree that the battery should be able to be removed. I don’t think I would care for a curved screen but we’ll see.

  • Brandon

    Wife just upgraded to a note 3 (took my upgrade of course, lol) and I’m impressed. Razor sharp and very fast. Faster than this iPad mini and more convienent. I didn’t think this woud be a good fit for her as she has really s,all hands. Glad we got it.