Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is less than two months away from completing its first year cycle (4 September) and now the rumored successor Galaxy Note 4 is making headlines on the Internet.
Most of the reports that have surfaced online are suggesting that the new Galaxy Note 4 would be a major upgrade over its predecessor in terms of design and as well as the internal components.
We have sifted through numerous reports and have pieced together a list of probable specifications which are likely to feature in the upcoming Samsung device.
Display and Design:
It has been reported that Samsung in its bid to arrest the tapering profits in high-end smartphones segment, compounded by the emergence of new competitive Chinese smartphone manufacturers and arch-rival Apple's big-screen iPhone 6 device (slated for September launch), is contemplating to incorporate different design for the Galaxy Note 4, probably a bendable screen, which Samsung has been very open to media about its research on flexible display. The South Korean firm had even show-cased the 'YOUM' display technology at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2013, Las Vegas.
Here is the video showcasing YOUM features at CES 2013:
Speculations are rife that Samsung's fourth generation Galaxy Note is likely to come in two variants - one having bendable OLED display and a normal flat screen, this is no surprise to tech enthusiasts as Samsung is known for its versatility (many call it device spamming) in churning out different variants of the flagship devices to the market. Currently, Galaxy S5 has three variants - Galaxy S5 Mini, rugged based S5 Active for AT&T, S5 Sport for Sprint and many more are said to be in the pipeline.
As far as screen is concerned, Galaxy Note 4 is said to flaunt an energy efficient AMOLED based QHD (aka 2K) 2560 x 1440p resolution display, but there is no word on the size of the screen as yet. (Galaxy Note 3 had 5.7-inch display)
Processor, RAM and storage:
According to the internal document available with SamMobile, the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 is said to come in two chipset variants – one with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 series quad-core processor, which can clock a maximum CPU speed up to staggering 2.7GHz (this is said to bound for American markets), whereas, second model will pack the company's in-house built Exynos Octa-core CPU and is said to retail in Europe and rest of the global regions.
In terms of storage, one can expect the new Samsung smartphone to come with 32GB inbuilt memory having expandable options via microSD card.
In late 2013, Samsung's Electronics had announced the next generation LPDDR4 (Low Power Double Data Rate series 4) RAM for mobile devices. Company has planned to integrate four of the new 8Gb chips into a single 4GB LPDDR4 package that can provide the highest level of performance (50 percent more), density, efficiency, and still be able to consume 40 percent less compared to the current crop of physical memory chips found in the high-end smartphones.
The new memory chip will enable smartphones to support high resolutions display, resource hungry 3D games and maximum data transfer rate per pin of 3,200 megabits per second (Mbps).
It was expected to feature in Galaxy S5, but never materialized, now many are expecting Samsung to incorporate 4GB RAM to efficiently manage the big-screen Galaxy Note 4.
Samsung has already introduced the finger-print sensor in its current flagship phone Galaxy S5, so in all probability we might see this in Galaxy Note 4 as well. But there is also an out-side chance of Iris scanner getting incorporated in the new phablet.
Few months prior to the launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 in February, rumors were rife that the phone might boast of Iris scanner, but the speculations died soon after a report surfaced online suggesting that the company ditched this feature for its technological limitations.
The Iris scanner required Samsung technicians to plant a second dedicated camera on the front, leading to changes in the Galaxy S5's structural design. This shortcoming forced the company to adopt the finger print scanner.
Since then, enough time has passed for the company to experiment with the new phablet, which is said to have major design over-haul. If Samsung does become successful in incorporating this bio-metric technology, the company will certainly raise the benchmark set by arch-rival Apple.
'Iris Recognition' is said to be more advanced and almost fool-proof system as it involves camera technology with subtle infrared illuminations to capture the detailed nerve pattern on the iris. Using this information, digital impressions are created by mathematical and statistical algorithm, so that accurate profile is created. This biometric technology is nearly impossible to crack by an imposter, unlike finger print scanner which can be forged with a fake thumb print.
Like marquee Galaxy S5, we can probably expect Galaxy Note 4 to boast of IP67 water-and-dust repellant certifications. If this feature does really come in the phablet, then users will be able to operate the phone one meter (or three feet) under water for close to 30 minutes.
Mobile Operating Systems:
Since the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a flagship device, it is certain to come with latest Android OS, either v4.4.4 KitKat or Android L (if released by August).
According to SamMobile, Galaxy Note 4 is said to ship with Sony's proprietary IMX240 (yet-to-be announced) 16.0-megapixel camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature and a 2.0-megapixel snapper on the frontside.
As per the Android Geeks' sources, Samsung is planning to announce the Galaxy Note 4 on 3 September (2014), just days ahead of the popular international trade show, IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin 2014), Germany (5-10 September). All previous Galaxy Note phablet series have been showcased in this very event since 2011.
[It has to be noted that Samsung being huge company, likes to host premiere events to launch flagship devices, so last year, Galaxy Note 3 made its debut at 'Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2' hosted by the company in Berlin on 4 September 2013 and then it was later showcased in the IFA 2013]
Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Include:
|Model||Samsung Galaxy Note 4|
|Display||5.7-inch or more with QHD (aka 2K) 2560x1440p resolutions|
|OS||Latest Android OS|
|Processor||2.7GHz Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 series quad-core processor with Adreno 420 graphics engine/Exynos 5443 Octa-core CPU chipset (yet-to-be-announced) paired with the Intel's XMM7260 Cat. 6 modem|
|Storage capacity||Either 16GB or 32GB with options for expansion via microSD card.|
|Camera||Main: Sony's proprietary IMX240 (yet-to-be announced) 16.0-megapixel camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature
Front: 2.0-megapixel camera
|Add-ons||Water-proof certifications, finger print sensor|