Anticipation is mounting as Samsung is expected to feature, or even launch, the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3 at this year’s IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. The IFA is the leading B2B trade event for consumer electronics and a familiar launchpad for previous Samsung phablet devices. GSMArena published a few leaked images of what could be the next big phablet from Samsung. “The phone appears to retain the plastic back with leather-like texture but the sides look similar to the ones on the yet-unannounced Samsung Galaxy Alpha and appear metal.”
Samsung’s next phablet seems shrouded in mystery, but many rumors have surfaced regarding the possible specifications, features, and hardware. Screen size is a major point of curiosity. At six inches, the Nokia Lumia 1520 enjoys the largest display size of any phablet-sized smartphone. Since the Note series has increased in size with each new model, it is highly likely the Note 4 could receive a 5.9 or 6-inch screen—up from the 5.7-inch display of the current Galaxy Note 3. Another pervasive rumor is that the device will retain the 5.7-inch screen, but Samsung will likely increase resolution to 2560 by 1440 (QHD).
We have also learned that the new phablet may support both LTE-A for international markets and LTE for emerging markets, including here in North America. Another interesting possibility is that the device could feature Samsung’s new curved screen technology.
The Waiting Game
It’s also rumored that the company is still finalizing plans around new Qualcomm processor technology. Earlier this year, TechRadar referenced a statement published by the Korea Times where a Samsung representative officially states, “As Qualcomm just introduced a 64-bit processing technology, Samsung needs time to apply it to the Note 4. For a litmus test, some variants will have that Qualcomm tech with Samsung’s own application processor.” This means it’s still undetermined whether the Note 4 will feature 32- or 64-bit processing technology.
Do you have your eye on the upcoming Galaxy Note 4? Which rumors do you hope are true?
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