Summer is (almost) here, and now that all major flagships have launched, it means we'll have a few quiet months to enjoy all the cutting-edge gadgets that phone manufacturers bestowed us with in H1. However, it also means that it's time to start looking forward towards the upcoming devices that are destined to shape the mobile landscape in the second half of the year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4
is a prime example, as the company's phablet line-up has managed to become incredibly popular among smartphone aficionados. Thus, you can imagine the great expectations Samsung has to meet with this upcoming successor - the Note 4.
We're starting a bit early here, so leaked data about the next-gen phablet isn't aplenty. However, this isn't to say that there aren't some interesting bits worth knowing already, plus, people are dying to know more about the Galaxy Note 4, so it's our duty to provide! Actually, we think we have a shot at making a rather believable selection of Galaxy Note 4 specs and features that are very likely to end up being part of the final product. For starters, there are some good indications that Samsung will stick with a screen of the same diagonal - 5.7", but the resolution is supposed to hit the QHD level. Want to know more? Browse through the gallery below!
Galaxy Note 4 specs and features that make sense
Galaxy Note 4 specs and features that make sense
1. 5.7" screen with QHD resolution
It's mind-boggling, but it seems the trend is leading us towards smartphone displays with the stupendously high QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels). The LG G3 has QHD, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A for Korea has QHD, so it only makes sense for the Galaxy Note 4 to have a ridiculously high resolution as well. Meanwhile, the screen size of Samsung's next phablet is expected to remain the same, at 5.7 inches. Naturally, that's already quite a respectable diagonal, plus, the company might be hesitant about going bigger than that, since it could make the Note 4 too large. Of course, there's no doubt we'll be dealing with a Super AMOLED display, so get ready for another round of punchy visuals - a trademark feature of Samsung's mobile screens.
2. 16 MP camera, OIS possible
When it comes to the Galaxy Note 4 camera, expectations are that it's going to be a 16 MP snapper, not unlike the excellent one found in the Galaxy S5. Info is scarce with regards to any other features in the context of the camera, but it's safe to assume that it's going to support 4K video recording. Optical image stabilization is a rumored addition, but then again, OIS has been an expected addition to almost any new high-end smartphone of late, so we're still not quite sure if it's going to materialize. Selfie lovers should expect a modest, 2 MP camera to grace the front of the Note 4, though that's also a rather vague rumor.
3. Chipset: Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 5433
The long-anticipated Snapdragon 805 chipset is expected to be the silicon of choice for Samsung and the Galaxy Note 4. The first devices with SD 805 are being announced just now, and we really don't expect any other SoC to launch before the Note 4's introduction. Thus, Qualcomm's finest is what's most probably going to power the next-generation phablet, with possible Krait 450 CPU frequencies of up to 2.7 GHz, and a state-of-the-art Adreno 420 GPU. As always, however, Samsung is said to roll-out an alternative variant of the Note 4 in some regions - one that's going to feature a new system chip by Samsung - the Exynos 5433. Typically, users shouldn't experience a perceivable difference in performance between the Snapdragon and the Exynos versions.
4. Water- and dust-resistance
The Galaxy S5 was Samsung's first flagship smartphone to feature IP certification for water- and dust-resistance. Obviously, we have no reason to believe that these capabilities will be absent from the Note 4. Still, we hope that they won't cause the phablet to grow up in size any further. To add some detail, the Galaxy S5 features IP67 certification, which translates to complete dust-resistance and water-resistance when submerged in up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
5. USB 3.0 port
Like its predecessor and the Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is supposed to include a speedy USB 3.0 port, instead of the usual USB 2.0 that most mobile devices feature nowadays. However, taking advantage of the extra speed will probably require you to purchase a separate USB 3.0 cable, as such wasn't included with Samsung's other USB 3.0-enabled devices.
6. Flat TouchWiz UI
Samsung is generally slow when it comes to enhancing the look and feel of its custom user interface, TouchWiz. Still, the company introduced a rather major redesign and restructuring in TouchWiz with the Galaxy S5. The UI got modernized, flatter, and lighter, plus a bit more straightforward with regards to menu organization. Even then, we still consider TouchWiz to be a rather heavy and cluttered piece of software that could do with a lot more optimization. We'd be more than happy if Samsung streamlines its UI even further with the Note 4, but we tend to believe that the upcoming phablet will stick with pretty much the same software experience.
7. Perforated back cover design a la GS5
The Samsung Galaxy S5 introduced a new design language for the company, involving pretty much the same front appearance, but replacing the glossy or faux leather style of the back with a new, perforated/dotted pattern. It's a step in the right direction for the exterior of the company's phones, although not really a major break away from what we're used to seeing with Samsung. Of course, small surprises are to be expected, but we think it's relatively safe to say that the Note 4 will feature a design similar to that of the Galaxy S5, especially given the fact that the recently-announced Tab S series of tablets also feature the same design.