Everything you need to know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date is just weeks aways, with the Korean manufacturer confirming the handset will be officially unveiled on September 3.
With Samsung issuing official invites to its pre-IFA 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release event (below), recent reports have claimed the phablet device could land with an integrated retina scanner for improved security. Adding to recent claims that the Galaxy Note 4 specs sheet will be headlined by a 5.7-inch QHD display, the potential introduction of an eye-based biometric sensor has been teased by Samsung itself through the official Samsung Exynos Twitter page.
The Korean manufacturer tweeted an image of a generic handset with an eye and detection reticule around the iris shown on the screen. Although not definitive confirmation, this appears to be a strong indication as to what Samsung has up its sleeves for future phone offerings. Adding further fuel to the fire, the image was accompanied by the message: "unlock the future". The Samsung Twitter feed also proclaimed: “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision."
Further leaks have seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 prematurely hit a retailer's website with a full array of specs and a price in tow. Suggesting a QHD display will feature alongside 4GB of RAM, the seller pegged the handset to also boast a 16-megapixel camera.
We will be updating this page with all the latest Samsung Galaxy Note release date details, leaks, news and rumours as new information emerges, so bookmark it now to stay on top of all things Note 4.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Release Date: When will it come out?As expected, Samsung has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date will be officially unveiled during a pre-IFA 2014 press conference on September 3.
Giving the flagship phone a truely global unveiling, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch event will be held simultaneously in Berlin, New York and Beijing. Although not mentioning the Note 4 by name, the teasing invites tell members of the media to 'Note the date'. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to solve that riddle.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launch event will kick off at 2pm BST on September 3. TrustedReviews will be on hand to bring you all the latest live from the announcement.
While Samsung is known for being a bit slow to get handsets to market following their formal unveilings, it appears things could be about to change. According to reports out of Samsung's native Korea, the Note 4 will be rushed to retailers following its September 3 announcement in order to precede the iPhone 6, a handset expected to hit retailers during the first week of October.
Although Samsung has yet to offer any official indication of a precise Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, Samsung’s Mobile Chief, Lee Young Hee reportedly informed news house Bloomberg earlier this year that the gadget would land during the second half of 2014 – a window that would fit with an IFA showing.
Despite being one of the company's biggest announcments of the year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could be set to share the launch stage. According to recent leaks, the Note 4 will be unveiled alongside the manufacuter's answer to Google Glass.
A head-mounted werable with a single-sided display that will sit in front of the user's eye, the Samsung Gear Glass has been repeatedly tipped for an IFA unveiling.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 News
With Samsung having already confirmed that the Galaxy Note 4 will benefit from an "all new form factor" when it touches down later this year, a User Agent Profile for the currently unconfirmed handset recently leaked through Samsung's own channels, tipping an LG G3 mimicking QHD display for inclusion.
Although set to be one of the Korean manufacturer's biggest launches of 2014, the IFA-based Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date will reportedly share the stage with the arrival of a Samsung Gear 3 smartwatch. Although there are few details currently available on the mooted wearable, it has been reported that the third-generation watch could come bundled with the Note 4.
Having confirmed plans for a revised design, Yoon Han-kil, Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Product Strategy Team recently stated: “Our ultimate goal is to make products that consumers really aspire to have. This is how we are trying to find a breakthrough in the stagnant premium market.”
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has already been announced, showing off this "new form factor". The iPhone 6 rival boasts a metal framed design with a soft touch rear. It is expected the Note 4 will benefit from similar design choices.
Throwing a curve ball into the design mix, new Samsung patents have surfaced revealing a phone with a curved, three sided display (shown below).
According to KDB Daewoo Securities analyst Song Jong-ho: “The bent device is the first step towards testing the market and gauging how it would react to its foldable smartphones that are to be unveiled in the second half of next year."
He added: “The foldable phone would be the next Samsung flagship phone.”
Having helped spawn the phablet market, the Galaxy Note brand continues to grow in popularity, with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date generating plenty of expectation.
What’s more, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 failing to surprise many with its incremental updates, the Note 4 could be about to become Samsung’s true flagship phone with a larger, higher resolution screen, new CPU and improved usability features all tipped for inclusion.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs: We expect a new, 'QHD' screenDespite the previous trio of Note offerings having jumped from 5.3-inches to 5.5-inches and now 5.7-inches in size, it does not seem likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4’s screen will be bestowed with another size increase.
A number of leaks have shown the Note 3 following the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in featuring a 5.7-inch panel.
More important than size, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen is set to get better. Samsung itself has hinted the phone’s display could boast a staggering 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display.
Teasing the future phone features during its annual Analyst Day in Korea last November, Samsung revealed a graph showing that 2014 will see it launch a handset with a WQHD 2560 x 1440p display. Given that the S5 has already passed with a 1080p panel, the Note 4 is left as the likely choice for an improved screen.
These expectations have since been backed up by a leaked Note 4 UAP, which has shown the phone will run a 5.7-inch QHD display.
What's more, Indonesian retailer Erafone has prematurely listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. As well as backing up claims of a 5.7-inch QHD display, the retailer has shown the phone running a massive 4GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear-mounted camera.
Like the S5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been tipped to include a fingerprint scanner incorporating home button, with the security measure set to become a staple of the company’s flagship offerings.
While some have pegged the new Note to run a 16-megapixel snapper, further Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumours have tipped the device to make an appearance with a new 20-megapixel rear-mounted camera in tow.
According to unnamed Korean insiders: "Samsung Electronics began to develop the 20-megapixel smartphone camera module with a view to releasing it in the second half of 2014."
A 20-megapixel camera would see the Note 4 edge closer to the photographic abilities of the 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 and the 20.7-megapixel Sony Xperia Z2 cameras.
A number of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumours have added further backing to reports the phone will feature a new, near 2K panel.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumours: Snapdragon 805 processor likely
With Qualcomm having already laid out its chipsets for the next year of smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is all but guaranteed to be powered by the Snapdragon 805 processing unit. The Note 3 followed the LG G2 in running the Snapdragon 800 chipset, a processing unit that has since featured in many high-end handsets.
A chip that will allow for 4K video recording, improved gaming and greater sensor accuracy for improved fitness tracking, according to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 805 will let smartphone users "Enjoy Ultra HD resolution content on Ultra-HD-capable mobile devices."
We also expect Samsung to further improve the handwriting recognition on the Note 4. A new Samsung patent has revealed the manufacturer will introduce advanced handwriting recognition in the next-generation of its Galaxy Note devices.
This will let users write out commands – such as call mum – the handset will reportedly transform your notes into actions. Whether this proves to be an easier method of making a call than traditional touchscreen menus remains to be seen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 News: Samsung planning IP67 water and dust resistanceWhile we all want Samsung to release a premium looking, metal bodied handset in a similar vein to the iPhone 5S or HTC One M8, this isn’t looking likely to be the Note 4.
According to recent reports the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will, like the Galaxy S5 before it, feature a dust and water-resistant coating, which means plastic is most likely going to be the material of choice.
Reports out of the Korean media have claimed the Note 4 will host the same IP67 rating as the S5, meaning it can be submerged in up to one metre of water for 30 minutes without suffering damage. If handed a water-resistant coating, the phone’s USB power connection port will be covered by a protective flap.
Adding further backing to reports of a water-resistant Note 4, serial tipster ETNews has claimed Samsung recently cancelled an order for 5 million LDS (Laser Direct Structuring) antenna in order to snap up H-IMA (High-performance In-Mold Antenna) units, a component reportedly easier to waterproof.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Price: How much will you have to pay?When it comes to price, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is not going to be cheap, not by a long shot. Although likely to feature a less than premium aesthetic, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is likely to be northwards of £600 at launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cost £649 at launch, and with new features inbound, we expect the Galaxy Note 4 price will be at a similar level.
Retailer Erafone listed the device at 9,499,000 Indonesian Rupiah (£484), although this feels a little on the cheap side.
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