The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch date is fast approaching and it will soon replace the Galaxy Note 3 phablet. It goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which came out in September 2013 has been one of the most desired smartphones this year. Samsung had launched the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch along with the phablet.
Though the Galaxy Gear smartwatch did not manage to attain much popularity, the Galaxy Note 3 has been one of the best smartphones from the South Korean tech giant. On September 3, Samsung is all set to announce the all new Galaxy Note 4 through the Unpacked Episode 2 Event during the IFA 2014. This time around the Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch is also going to be unveiled at the IFA 2014
When Samsung had launched the very first edition of Galaxy Note, there was no rival handset that offered the best of smartphone and tablet. It gave birth to a new genre of handsets called phablet, a hybrid of smartphone and tablet. Soon, other leading smartphone brands followed the suit.
The LG G3 which came out in May 2014 sports a 5.5inch display screen with quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution. It offers a pixel density of 534ppi. On the other side, the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7inch full HD resolution display screen which offers a pixel count of 386ppi. Not only in the display segment, but also the LG G3 defeats the Galaxy Note 3 in other aspects like processor prowess and camera features.
Since LG has raised the competition bar high, Samsung is heavily rumored to launch the Galaxy Note 4 with quad HD display. However, this time around, the competition is not going to be easy as there are many phablets waiting to take on the Galaxy Note 4. Apple is rumored to launch a phablet model of iPhone 6 with 5.5inch screen size. Even the rumored Nexus 6 smartphone is speculated to come with a quad HD display.
Throughout the year we came across a lot of rumored features of Galaxy Note 4 which has made it possible to guess the technical specifications of the handset. However, since the Galaxy Note 4 release date is close at hand, speculations on it possible features have increased.
Every year Samsung has been releasing upgraded models for its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series smartphones. The first flagship smartphone of 2014, the Samsung Galaxy S5 came out in April this year. Now, people are eagerly waiting for the all new Galaxy Note 4. Here we have listed down all the rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4:
Galaxy Note 4 Launch Date
The confirmed Galaxy Note 4 launch date is September 3, 2014. Earlier in August, it was revealed that Samsung will be holding an Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event on the said date in Berlin, Germany. Satellite events will be held simultaneously at Beijing and New York City.
Here is a teaser video released by Samsung that clearly indicates the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 will be used to launch the Galaxy Note 4. The entire video showcases the prowess and charm of Galaxy Note series and at its end, you can see the September 3 launch date. The video can be found at Samsung Mobile’s official YouTube channel.
For those, who can’t make it to the event can tune into the live stream of the event. This will allow people of the world to see the arrival of the new flagship phablet from their PCs or mobile devices.
Galaxy Note 4 Release Date
The rumors about the possible feature of Galaxy Note 4 started last year just after a month or two the Galaxy Note 3 came out in the market. First of all, let us look at the previous records to know how Samsung plans the launch of its Galaxy Note phablet:
- Galaxy Note (N7000) release date – September 2011
- Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) release date – August, 2012
- Galaxy Note 3 release date – September 2013
What do you think about the Galaxy Note 4 release date? Going by the previous release patterns, analysts felt that the Galaxy Note 4 would either arrive in August or September 2014. However, since the launch event for Galaxy Note 4 is set for September 3, the handset will roll out in the market in September.
Apple has already sent invitations for its iPhone 6 launch event. The iPhone 6 will revealed to the world on September 9. The iPhone 6 is a serious competitor for the phablet made by the South Korean tech giant. Speculations are rife that Apple is also to launch two editions of iPhone 6, a 4.7inch and 5.5inch variant. The 5.5inch iPhone 6 will be a phablet model which will come out to pit against the Galaxy Note 4.
Since, the competition is going to be quite fierce between the Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6, Samsung has done a good advantage to reveal details on the Galaxy Note 4 specifications and features through rumors from various sources.
Hence, now potential customers have an idea on what features are going to arrive with the Galaxy Note 4. This can be a major advantage for Samsung as Apple always prefers to reveal all the information on its next iPhone model through the launch event.
Apple has tried its best to keep the iPhone 6 features under the wraps. Even though the rumor mill is talking a lot about the possible iPhone 6 specs, all the details on it are going to be confirmed when Apple will officially introduce the iPhone 6 on September 9.
A leaked Samsung product announcement details that surface at the beginning week of August showed two black periods (September 3 to September 5 and September 15 to September 28) for its employees. The first black out period of September 3 to September 5 is definitely for the Galaxy Note 4 launch event. We guess the Galaxy Note 4 release date will slot September 15 to September 28.
The official Galaxy Note 4 release date has not been revealed yet. It will be disclosed to the world on September 3 when the new phablet will be unleashed along with its features.
Galaxy Note 4 Advertising Campaign
In the month of August, Samsung started the Galaxy Note 4 advertising campaign by launching several teaser videos. One of the Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos that came out in the second week of August mostly showcases the Galaxy Note 3 features. However, at the end of the video, the ad tells the audience to expect the Note 4.
Samsung has added few more videos which showed the powerful features of S-Pen stylus. None of the videos show the new Galaxy Note 4 phablet but at the end of the videos, the narrator says ‘September 3, ready to note’.
Tech experts are of the view that the Galaxy Note 4 teaser videos clearly are nothing deliberate attempt by the South Korean tech giant to grab more attention before the phablet gets officially unveiled. Samsung also started targeting the Chinese market heavily. It has announced a new contest for the Chinese audience that can let them win last year’s Galaxy Note 3. We are completely clueless what is Samsung is up to by offering a Galaxy Note 3 when its successor is going to arrive soon.
Digital World revealed through its Weibo account that the Galaxy Note 4 advertisement banners can be seen at many places in Beijing’s Chang’an Avenue. The whole idea behind it is to probably build the awareness of the Galaxy Note 4 before it is finally unleashed.
The Galaxy Note 4 is all set to get unraveled at the Unpacked Episode 2 Event and the most recent rumor coming in the form of a UAProf has been spotted on Samsung’s Mobile website. The device lists a Galaxy Note 4 with SM-N920T model number and tells a lot about the specifications of the device.
Galaxy Note 4 Price
As of now, there has been no official confirmation by Samsung on the price of Galaxy Note 4. However, even before a smartphone is officially released, some retailers tend to list it with an inflated price which is higher than the original price. Such a strategy can swing in their favor and they can make the most of pre-order offers if made available by the smartphone manufacturer.
Around mid-August, Erafone, an Indonesian retail listed the Galaxy Note 4 with a price tag of IDR 9,499,000 which is around €600 ($790). While the online shop listed the new phablet, no option was available to purchase it as it also showed ‘Sold out’ on the product page.
So, what can be the probable price of Galaxy Note 4? Well, the Galaxy Note came out with $730 price tag. Within few months, Samsung dropped its price. Now, Amazon.com is selling the unlocked Galaxy Note 3 for about $520. According to speculations from multiple sources, the Galaxy Note 4 price range will be $750 to $810. It may be available with an on-contract price with leading providers of US like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile with a price tag of $300.
Galaxy Note 4 Specs and Features
The Galaxy Note 4 rumors that started last year indicated that the phablet would feature 5.7 inch screen, three–sided display, water and dust resistant exterior, octa-processor or Exynos 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, 20.7MP ISOCELL rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), 3800mAh battery, Android 4.5 or Android 5.0, and 4G dual band Wi-Fi support.
Another rumor revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would come housed with cool features like:
‘Aqua Capture’ for capturing underwater pictures and thereby assuring Note 4 will come with water resistant capacity than its contemporaries;
‘Smart Fingerprint’ which is expected to add on to the functions of fingerprint recognition feature;
‘Motion Launcher’ whereby the phablet can be activated by swiping fingers on the screen even when the display is off;
‘Multi Network for Booster’ whereby both WiFi and data connection can be used simultaneously to download large files swiftly.
These feature updates were said to be under testing phase for Galaxy S5 and the same was said to come integrated with Note 4.
Here are the Galaxy Note 4 specs and features based on the latest rumors:
First of all, there are speculations that are two Samsung Galaxy Note 4 variants that are going to be revealed at the IFA 2014 tech show. The two model numbers are SM-N910S and SM-N915S. The former running on Snapdragon 805 processor will be available worldwide whereas as the other Exynos powered model will be aimed at selected markets.
Galaxy Note 4 Design
Samsung has rolled out all the previous editions of Galaxy Note 4 with new design. So, even the Galaxy Note 4 is expected feature a refreshingly new design. The leaked images on the Galaxy Note 4 design by GSMArena reveal that the handset sports a textured plastic at its rear. Around the edges of the phablet, there is a metal band which gives it a premium appeal.
The Galaxy Note 3 featured faux plastic which appeared good but it was criticized by the tech world. Moreover, the relatively smaller iPhone 5S sported a better design. The iPhone 6 is expected to come out with metal body. So, in order to keep with the competition, Samsung has to offer something signification and premium.
If the Galaxy Note 4 comes with textured plastic along with metal band, we feel that manufacturers at Samsung have done a great job here. Speculations are rife that the Galaxy Note 4 will come with a dust and water resistant chassis. It is expected to be available in colors like black, blue, white and copper gold
The LG G3 that was released after the release of Galaxy S5 that supports quadHD display resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. So, the Galaxy Note 4 has to offer something on par or better than the LG G3 in the display segment.
The leaked AnTuTu benchmarks of Galaxy Note 4 revealed a lot about the specifications of the device. It also exposed that the Note 4 will sport a 5.7inch Super AMOLED display screen which supports quadHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It is also rumored to support a pixel count of 515ppi.
There is a possibility that the Galaxy Note 4 may not feature a Super AMOLED display but a PLS LCD screen. At the beginning of the year, the handset was also rumored to come equipped with three-sided or curved display.
Processor, RAM and Graphics
Currently, Apple is the only smartphone company that is selling a 64-bit processor handset, the iPhone 5S. It is heavily rumored since the beginning of this year that Samsung is working on a 64-bit processor driven smartphone. The Galaxy S5 did not feature it and there can be a possibility a 64-bit CPU powered Galaxy Note 4 may be revealed. However, there is no concrete information on it.
AnTuTu benchmarks also revealed that the Galaxy Note 4 will be available as a Snapdragon 805 Krait 450 processor variant delivering a clocking speed of 2.5GHz. It has a model number of SM-N910S. The other variant with model number SM-N910C is an Exynos 5433 octa-core processor phablet with quad cores (Cortex A57 and Cortex A53) working individually at a speed of 1.3GHz.
The SM-910S Galaxy Note 4 which comes with Adreno 420 graphics scored 37,780 and the SM-910C Galaxy Note 4 which is equipped with Mali-T760 graphics scored 40303 on AnTuTu benchmarks. It also reveals both are running on 3GB RAM. However, the phablet is heavily speculated to house 4GB RAM.
Inbuilt Storage Capacity and External Storage
The Galaxy Note 3 came with internal storage variants like 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. It also supported 64GB microSD on its external storage. The all new Galaxy Note 4 is also going to with inbuilt storage options like 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. However, this time around the Note 4 will feature support for 128GB microSD on its external storage.
Since it was in the news that the Samsung is working on a 20MP camera sensor which will feature on a handset in the second half of 2014; rumors started swirling that the Galaxy Note 4 would come housed with 20MP sensor. The Galaxy Note 3 features 13MP camera and the Galaxy S5 come with 16MP camera. So, it is well expected that the new phablet would feature higher megapixel camera sensor.
Leaked AnTuTu benchmarks of Galaxy Note 4 reveal it will feature the same camera sensor which is available on Galaxy S5. The 16MP rear camera of Galaxy Note 4 will bring features like Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), dual-LED flash, 2160p video recording at 30fps and Side Touch (a feature that allows user to tap on the side of the phone to snap a photo).
These days even mid-range smartphones come with front-facing cameras that can snap good selfie photos. So, the Galaxy Note 4 will sure feature a powerful selfie camera. According to Korea Times, it will feature a 3.7MP front-facing camera. Even the front-facing camera will support 1080p full HD video recording. It will support some cool features like Selfie Alarm and Wide Selfie.
Software – Android Version and TouchWiz UI
The most recent edition of Android is 5.0 LMP Lemon Merginue Pie. It has not been released yet and Google will release it when it rolls out the forthcoming Nexus devices. So, Samsung has no other options but to roll out the Galaxy Note 4 with Android v4.4.4 KitKat OS and probably when the Android 5.0 LMP arrives, the Galaxy Note 4 would be one of the first ones to get it onboard. The Galaxy S5 comes with the latest verison of TouchWiz UI called the TouchWiz Naure UX 3.0. The same is expected to come overlaid on Android v 4.4.4 KitKat OS.
Undoubtedly, the S-Pen stylus is the USP of Galaxy Note 4. For sure, the phablet will come with an enhanced stylus with new features. It is expected to be powered with ultrasound technology which would make the stylus more accurate and come with features like gesture and air command. The handwriting feature is expected to be improved like never before.
Fingerprint scanner feature which came on the Galaxy S5 and the recently released Galaxy Alpha is likely to come to Galaxy Note 4. The new Synaptics Natural ID powered fingerprint sensor’s top part is placed under the Home button whereas the remaining is housed under the touchscreen. It will come with support for features like PayPal Payment, Private Mode and more that also came with Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor.
New rumors are not talking much about but in July Samsung rolled out a photo on through @SamsungExynos on Twitter with a text “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision. What would you use?” The picture shows a phablet like device image of eye on it has sparked the tech world to spread rumors about retina scanner feature for Galaxy Note 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is also heavily rumored to feature sensor that will help its users to make use of the new S Health 3.0 app to monitor heart rate. The phablet will be also able to measure ultraviolet radiation which can help users to protect their skin from getting damaged from harmful UV rays.
Another rumor coming from SamMobile reveals that the Galaxy Note 4 will feature an ultrasonic cover. It will not only protect the phablet but also emit ultrasonic sound that can notify users about obstacles through vibrations or sound alerts. This feature can come very handy for visually impaired user.
The Galaxy Note 3 came with 3200mAh battery. However, the new features of Galaxy Note 4 especially the quadHD display and Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433 octa-core processor will require a battery with more capacity to run longer and support multitasking, 4G LTE connectivity and high-end gaming. There are no concrete details on the battery of Note 4 but few rumors suggest that will be packed with a 3800mAh or 4000mAh battery.
The story regarding the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, specs, features, price and prototypes will not end here, there is long road to walk, and this was just our early view regarding the future Samsung devices. You are most welcome to share your views by commenting below this post, also you can subscribe to us for receiving all future & latest updates of Galaxy Note 4. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Google+ and like us on Facebook too, cheers.