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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumor round-up: specs, features, price, release date, and all we know so far

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumor round-up: specs, features, price, release date, and all we know so far
Image above is of a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It has been about two and a half years since the very first Samsung Galaxy Note came out and single-handedly defined the phablet category. Since then, we've witnessed the launch of two highly-acclaimed successors, the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 3, and the attempts on Samsung competitors' side to deliver a worthy alternative appear to have had little impact on the momentum that Galaxy Note handsets have built up. In fact, we're only weeks away from greeting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is shaping up as a beast of a smartphone. How do we know? Well, Samsung's J.K. Shin already hinted that a new Galaxy Note phone is in the works. He did not elaborate on the matter, of course, but hey, that's what we have the rumor mill for! So here's what is known about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 so far, based on all the recent leaks and rumors.


A photo of what's probably the Galaxy Note 4 in a protective case

A photo of what's probably the Galaxy Note 4 in a protective case

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (rumored model SM-N910) will be a relatively large smartphone, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. What exactly it is going to look like, however, is not exactly clear at this point in time, although we have a handful of hints in the form of leaked images. Furthermore, we can safely assume that size-wise, it will come really close to the current Galaxy Note 3 model since the screen size is expected to stay at 5.7 inches. As far as build quality goes, we are expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to be a plastic-made phone with metal-made elements. Chances are it will not have a perforated design à la Samsung Galaxy S5. Also, rumors hint that Electric Blue and Copper Gold versions of the phablet are incoming.

UPDATE: Rumors seem to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will use metal elements in its outer construction. This bit of information was recently provided by Korean media. It is also believed that the phablet could be made thinner thanks to a new technology replacing the touchscreen digitizer with ultrasound sensors. The latter, however, seems rather unlikely to happen.

UPDATE #2: We now have leaked images that increase the chance of seeing a metal-made Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The phone won't be all metal, however. Only the sides will be made of the premium material, as is the case with the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Take a look at the leaked photos for a clearer idea as to what the Note 4 might look like. 

Resistance to the elements is said to be in the cards for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. To be more specific, the smartphone is expected to be protected against dust and water damage. This one should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as it comes from a source that claimed the same for the LG G3. Yet on the other hand, since the Galaxy S5 has an IP67 rating, it won't be surprising to see a liquid-resistant Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

A fingerprint sensor is likely to come embedded in the Note 4's home button

A fingerprint sensor is likely to come embedded in the Note 4's home button

Several new sensors are expected to make an appearance on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Rumor has it that the phone will sport a fingerprint scanner, presumably embedded in the home key, and a heart-rate monitor, just like the Galaxy S5. The use for these should be self-explanatory. In addition, Samsung might add a sensor detecting ultra-violet radiation. This could allow for better automatic brightness adjustments and could help to warn you if you are at risk for a sun burn when you're outside.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will come with an S Pen resting in its dedicated slot. It is believed that the S Pen will come in an improved form, but what kind of improvements these might be is not yet known.


A Samsung patent visualizing a 'wraparound' curved display

A Samsung patent visualizing a 'wraparound' curved display

One of the more peculiar rumors out there states that we should be expecting multiple Samsung Galaxy Note 4 variants – one with a typical, flat display, and another with a curved display. Actually, this one is not too hard to believe given that last year's Samsung Galaxy Round was basically a Galaxy Note 3 with a curved AMOLED touchscreen and without an S Pen. What's worth pointing out, however, is that the "curved" Galaxy Note 4 may have a Samsung-made YOUM screen that would extend around the edges in a "wraparound" fashion. The practical benefits of this design feature are anyone's guess at this time. If this curved Note 4 variant does turn out to be real, it will probably be available solely in niche markets. 

Either way, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch display, just like the Galaxy Note 3. The resolution, however, will get a bump to 1440 by 2560 pixels (QHD) for a pixel density rivaling that of the LG G3's awesome screen. True to Samsung's traditions, the Note 4's display will most likely be of the Super AMOLED kind. Rumors are mum on whether the flat and curved Galaxy Note 3 variants will both have the same display specifications, or factors like size and resolution will differ.

UPDATE: A list of APK files obtained by @evleaks seemingly confirms the QHD resolution of the Note 4's display.

Interface and functionality

Whatever version of Android ends up running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, it will most likely come in a heavily modified form. Samsung's TouchWiz interface in its latest variation – the one that we know from the Galaxy S5 – should be on board the device, along with goodies like Multi Window and whatever S Pen optimized features Samsung comes up with. 

Furthermore, it is rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will get swipe gestures of some kind. These could be used for waking up the device and possibly for launching the camera from stand-by. Another feature that Samsung is allegedly testing could be Smart Fingerprint. Basically, it could be a shortcut for accessing certain functions with a swipe on the fingerprint scanner. Features found on the Galaxy S5 are also coming to the Note 4, it seems. Download Booster is expected to be one of them, allowing users to download large files using the combined bandwidth of a Wi-Fi and an LTE network.

Naturally, modes and features that appeared on the Galaxy S5 should be pre-loaded on the Samsung galaxy Note 4, including the Ultra Power Saving mode. And if the phone does get a heart-rate monitor, then it will most likely ship with the newest release of S Health for all your fitness monitoring needs.

Processor and memory

As the case is with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be available in two different processor flavors. According to rumors, that is. North America, South Korea, China, and Japan are expected to get a variant powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, while the rest of the world should be using Samsung's own Exynos chip, presumably the Exynos 5433. Both are probably going to pack at least 3GB of RAM, as that is what the Note 3 is rocking under the hood. No hints of storage space have been passed along so far, but we're inclined to believe that at least 32 gigs will be on board, with the option to add a microSD card for extra storage. 

UPDATE: Model names for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have been leaked. It appears that all major US carriers will be offering the device with 32GB of native storage. Also, the white variant might be a Verizon exclusive, at least at launch. Here's what we know so far:

  • Samsung SM-N910A - 32GB, AT&T, Black
  • Samsung SM-N910V - 32GB, Verizon, Black/White
  • Samsung SM-N910P - 32GB, Sprint, Black
  • Samsung SM-N910T - 32GB, Black

UPDATE #2: Benchmark results for two versions of the Note 4 seem to confirm that there will be Snapdragon 805 and Exynos 5433 variants of the phone. As expected, both offer an outstanding display resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels, 16MP main cameras, ~3.7MP front cameras, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Listings on a retailer's web site suggest that 16- and 64-gigabyte versions could also be available.


The Note 4 is expected to have a 16MP camera

The Note 4 is expected to have a 16MP camera

According to what's making the rounds, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be packing a 16-megapixel camera, just like the Samsung Galaxy S5. But unlike the latter, the Note 4 will be utilizing optical image stabilization for steadier videos and blur-free photos. Sony is said to be the supplier for the camera unit, which, if true, could mean that the Note 4 won't be boasting phase-detection auto-focus. Note that the the Samsung Galaxy S5, which owes its super-fast focusing abilities to the said technology, uses an ISOCELL sensor by Samsung, and special pixel pairs on the sensor's surface are what make phase-detection AF work. As for the handset's front-facing camera, we're not expecting any surprises. It is said that Samsung will stick with the S5's 2MP front-facing camera for the Galaxy Note 4.

UPDATE: According to Korean media, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might come with a 12MP camera instead of a 16MP one. Sounds strange given the fact that the Note 3 uses a 13MP one, but we wouldn't label this rumor as bogus right away. The choice to go with a lower-resolution sensor might have been made to allow for optical image stabilization gear to be implemented. Interestingly, benchmark results seem to detect a 3.7MP front-facing camera on the device.

UPDATE #2: Rumors in favor of a 16MP camera are starting to pile up. Whatever the actual pixel count of the phone's snapper, rumors agree that it will be blessed with optical image stabilization.

Price and release date  

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced on September 3 – days before the start of the IFA in Berlin. This rumor is most likely on the right track as the Note 3 and the Note II were introduced around the same time and showcased during the same expo. Details on the phone's availability are expected to be made official at its announcement, but our guess is that the phone will launch within weeks after it is made official. As for its pricing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not going to be cheap, if our intuition is to be trusted. Last year's Note 3 was offered for $299 on a 2-year contract with a major US carrier, and the Note 4 is probably going to be about as costly. But if the phone is indeed bundled with a Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch, then the offer might sound quite tempting.

UPDATE: It is rumored that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is ready to go into mass production. Allegedly, Samsung is aiming to launch the device only days after its official announcement – during the second week of September. The phone is most likely going to be announced on September 3 as official invitations to a Samsung Unpacked event have already been sent to the media.

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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:38 2

1. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

I think its too early for rumors

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:54 27

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

For rumours, it's never too early lol.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 09:57 4

3. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

exactly... but if samsung keeps 5.7inch then it will be a great disappointment for me

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 10:06 4

4. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Why? a 5,7 inch with a smaller body to screen ratio?. Either a smaller body to screen or a bigger screen with same size. i think i'll be sold anyways.. i just need to upgrade away from z1. N4,ip6 or the s5 Prime

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 19:58 3

14. tenho1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

It will be 5.78 inch dude :)) A bigger screen will ruin the size.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 08:46 5

23. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

DON'T wait for a big design change. Samsung is conservative and usually picks the slightly improved all around best solution. Or worse if you consider that instead of double led flash, to improve low light photo and video, they put useless (imo) hrm and fpsc in S5.
Their recipe is "if something sells don't change it much"

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 20:41 1

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Getting it with Gear VR

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 21:48

66. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Let there be a YOUM screen. And I don't buy rumor pics.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:12 7

5. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

I swear to God, if Samsung does that bandaid bullshiat on the Note 4, I won't get one, i'll keep my Note 3

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:25 1

7. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)

I feel ya that's why I bought a note 3 before they stop making them because we all know that samsung going to but that bullshyt band aid crap on the note 4 and flood it with more bloat ware that's not needed.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:14 12

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Guys the Note 4 won't have the bandaid look. The S4 had a look that the Note 3 was different in. I believe the S5 & the Note 4 will look different just like the S4 & the Note 3 looked different.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 19:59 13

15. tenho1982 (Posts: 68; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)

Have you ever really touched the bandaid in the store? It feels great on your hand.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 07:17

18. cc3493 (Posts: 158; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

@tenho A lot of phones "feel nice but you dont see them selling like hotcakes, simply because the feel isnt enough. People like the look/design of the phone first, before they actually are willing to care about the feel.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 18:07 1

29. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

Yeah, and Samsung isn't selling millions of S5s

posted on 31 Aug 2014, 21:49 1

67. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

First you guys bytch bout the plastic body now a bandaid back cover. seriously i don't think you guys don't know what you want in a phone.

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 09:02

71. Saioofi (Posts: 286; Member since: 23 May 2014)

To Sammy a phone with normal specs and a cheap plastic shell is "premium"

posted on 01 Sep 2014, 15:48

74. ojdidit84 (Posts: 458; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)

I think everyone knows exactly what they want. At the price that Samsung sells their phones, people would like premium materials even if that means more durable, higher quality plastics and better design. No one really looks at a Samsung phone and calls it beautiful as they would say, the One M7. Samsung makes great phones but the entire package isn't quite there yet. LG makes better looking phones with better materials than Samsung does but they fail on the software side of things. Samsung needs to step up their hardware game.

posted on 03 Sep 2014, 06:37

80. saffant (Posts: 274; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)

No, they don't. LG's phones always have build problems ala the new G3 has plastic cracking issues. No such problems with Samsung's phones.

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 20:26 3

35. teerex42 (Posts: 215; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

I don't know about you but the so called bandaid feels better more premium in the hand than that plastic LG G3. I had both phones the G3 and the GS5 and the GS5 is the better phone of the 2!

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 20:35 2

36. tedkord (Posts: 14120; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I know, right. If only they had a removable back and aftermarket replacements...

posted on 02 Aug 2014, 07:15 1

46. smarttechbadworld (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 May 2014)

Omg are you for real, i hope samsung keeps it cause it looks amazing on the galaxy s5 and galaxy note 3 i wish my note 2 had that and i wish they will keep that in the note 4

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:25

6. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

If blogs sites have common sense stop listening or reading to stupid rumors with out full details till the device is release and announce.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 11:28

8. blackberry_Boy (Posts: 213; Member since: 27 May 2014)

Samsung is going to F this one up I feel the best note was the note 3 there going to make this into a GS5 plus there going to put that band aid crap on it a fingerprint scanner that don't work and a heart rate monitor that no one needs unless you have heart problems it might come in handy then idk but I know this note is possible the last one because how big can u make a phone other than the Mega phone they have already.

posted on 07 Jul 2014, 09:07 1

24. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

Till the time note 3 was in works.. every body including me said that note 2 is the best phablet ever made and note 3 changed that.
Note 4 will turn the tables again I believe

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:41 1

10. Android4EveryOne (Posts: 20; Member since: 19 Apr 2014)

You know you are really a hater if you're getting mad over a phone rumor.... Smh:/

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 13:53 2

11. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

To me it feels like the Note series is Samsungs new flagship cause Note is the one to get a real Boost in Features and design compared to the S-series. IMO

posted on 03 Aug 2014, 11:19

47. addisbad (Posts: 35; Member since: 03 Aug 2014)

i kinda agree with you but no matter what i will continue to get their s series devices. been a hardcore S series fan since the original galaxy s

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 16:48 2

12. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

Release the BEAST!

posted on 21 Aug 2014, 05:23

51. Tarzan (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

This is not the time or place to release the BEAST :D

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 18:37

13. ausnote2 (Posts: 84; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)

i am hoping for a 5.9" screen variant. there are other phones with greater than 5.7" but only Samsung does not compromise on the spec. Otherwise the pantech secret note looks good.

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