As all you gadget geeks will be more than aware, the world's leading trade show for consumer electronics, IFA, takes place in Berlin from the 5th - 10th September. As always, hundreds of new gadgets and gizmos will be unveiled. But if anything looks likely to be a show stopper, we reckon it’ll be the all new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is officially unveiled on September 3rd.
So, what can we expect? Will the Note 4 to continue to blaze the trail established by its highly successful predecessors? Or is it possible – as recent sales reports have indicated – that Samsung’s smartphone success has plateaued, and that the Note 4 will be the second model after the Galaxy S5 to underwhelm. Let’s take a look...
Note 4: It needs to look cool!
Over the years, Samsung’s design team have taken tons of flack for their uninspiring, plastic-heavy designs. The recent release of the full-metal Galaxy Alpha was an encouraging sign that the clamour for full-metal bodies may have finally hit home. In the last few weeks, however, pictures have surfaced showing the device with just a chamfered metal edging and yet another variation of Samsung’s plastic backing. First Samsung brought us faux leather plastic with fake stitching, then dimpled plastic: now we have what looks like plastic corking! Interesting.
Regardless of how much of the final design is encased in metal or plastic, it seems likely that the new device will mirror the colour scheme of the Galaxy S5: Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. With most phones these days sporting the unadventurous combination of black and white metal and plastic, it’s cool to see Samsung offering some variation here.
Rumours also abound that Samsung will release both a standard and curved-screen version. The latter looking exactly like the kind of design-revolution that Samsung fans are crying out for! A mooted possibility is that that the sexy, flexible display will hit the market as a premium version sometime towards the end of 2014. As we can see from the above image, the device definitely features Samsung's S Pen stylus, so no change there.
Best smartphone screen from Samsung ever?
Note screens have always increased in size, jumping .2 of an inch with each new model. It was initially suspected that the Note 4 would continue in this vein, stretching its screen up to perhaps 5.9in or even 6in to match the LG G Flex. However, SamMobile reported that the SM-N910A has been listed on Indian import tracking site Zuba with a 5.7in super AMOLED screen. And leaked specs from Erafone detail a 5.7in size and a Quad HD resolution like the LG G3 (1440 x 2560).
Galaxy Note diehards hoping for another jump in size this time around shouldn’t be disappointed though. Fact is, the larger the screen, the lower the pixel density in relative terms. If the leaks specs are accurate, the new Super AMOLED screen will have a pixel density of 515ppi. Put in perspective, this means the Note 4 screen will literally knock the spots off the already incredible 326ppi Retina screen of the iPhone 5.
Just in time for the new Android?
By September there will almost certainly be a new version of Andriod, probably 4.5 or 5.0, and likely codenamed ‘Lolipop’. The hope is that the Note 4 will be one of the first devices to debut the new OS. However, this may prove to be wishful thinking, as the Eraphone specifictation listing details the existing Android 4.4.3 KitKat.
And the Galaxy Note 4 processor drives it...
Under the hood, the device will be powered by the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. That means a quad-core Krait 450 chip capable of clocking up to 2.7GHz, which also has an Andreno 420 GPU. Some unconfirmed reports suggest the device will come in two processor variants: the first with the above-mentioned chip clocked at 2.5Ghz (SM-N910S); the second with an Exynos 5433 octa core processor (SM-N910C).
A report from AnTuTu supports this idea, showing Samsung’s own Exynos 5433 octa-core processor. The score of 40,303 exceeds the Snapdragon 805 but slightly lags behind the nVidia Tegra K1. Most likely, Samsung will launch different processors for different markets as it has done in the past - for example, with the Galaxy S4. As to which we’ll see here in the US... well, that’s anyones guess!
So, how excited are you about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4? Do you think it'll be a huge step up from previous models? Do you want to buy one? Sound off in the comments below!
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