Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, news and rumours
It seems like everyone is making phablets now but Samsung was one of the first and it was Samsung which popularised them. Samsung arguably makes the best phablets too and the Galaxy Note 4 is expected to bring things up to a whole new level.
We know it will be big, we know it will be powerful and with Samsung behind it we know it will be popular, but what, specifically, are we expecting from it? Read on to find out.
Release date and price
In the past Samsung has always announced Galaxy Notes at the IFA show at the beginning of September and there’s no reason to think the company would break form here.
All the current rumours point to then as well, with the most specific one, which comes from insiders speaking to Android Geeks, claiming the device will be announced on the 3rd of September.
There aren’t any rumours regarding price but this will be a high-end, expensive phone, so it’s likely to be at least £550.
Each Note to date has pushed the display size up by 0.2 inches, so as the Galaxy Note 3 is 5.7 inches it seems logical to assume that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a 5.9 inch screen, especially as that still wouldn’t make it the biggest phablet around. On the other hand we’ve heard reports that it will stick with a 5.7 inch screen, so only time will tell.
We’ve also heard that it will have a 1440 x 2560 Quad HD display, which would make sense now that LG has opened the floodgates to such things. If it sticks to 5.7 inches then that would mean a pixel density of 515 pixels per inch.
It’s also thought that the Galaxy Note 4 will stick with AMOLED technology, in fact SamMobile claims to have confirmed as much.
A more out-there rumour is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have a curved or flexible display. This is an idea which comes from several sources, but the most recent news of it is courtesy of KoreaTimes, which heard from an executive at one of Samsung’s partner companies that two versions of the Note 4 will be released.
One with a flat display for the mass market and another with a curved screen for niche markets, which suggests that if there is a curved version we probably won’t see it in the UK anyway.
We don’t know what the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will look like but we’re pretty confident that it won’t look like the Galaxy Note 3 (pictured above), as a Samsung executive claimed it would come with “a new form factor” according to Reuters.
We wouldn’t get our hopes up for an overly premium design as Samsung has steadfastly stuck to plastic so far, even equipping the Galaxy S5 with a plastic cover. On the other hand the rumoured Galaxy S5 Prime might be metal, so it’s possible that Samsung is going to start using more premium materials.
Whether metal or plastic though there’s a good chance that the Galaxy Note 4 will be water and dust resistant as recent rumours point in that direction. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was and it’s becoming an increasingly common feature of phones, so we’d expect a flagship like the Note 4 to include it.
It looks there will be two versions of the Galaxy Note 4 if SamMobile is to be believed. One with a (probably quad-core) Snapdragon 805 chip and one with a (probably octa-core) 64-bit Exynos 5433 chip. Usually in these scenarios the UK ends up with a quad-core chip, but the site claims that Europe will be getting the Exynos version. Either way, it should be an incredibly powerful phone.
As for RAM, the Note 3 had 3GB so the Note 4 will presumably have at least that and may even up things to 4GB according to reports we’re hearing.
There are conflicting rumours when it comes to the Galaxy Note 4’s camera. Some are saying it will have a 20.7 megapixel sensor while others claim it will have a 16 megapixel one. Either way though that should be an upgrade on the Galaxy Note 3’s 13 megapixel snapper.
It wouldn’t be a Note without an S Pen, so we expect that to make a return and it may be better than ever, as a Samsung patent includes mention of new features, such as the ability to launch applications and carry out actions by writing words or making gestures on the lock screen.
It’s also expected that the Galaxy Note 4 will run the latest version of Android, whatever that happens to be at the time, and that it will run Samsung’s TouchWiz interface over the top.