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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to feature ‘new form factor’ says manufacturer

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Samsung has officially spoken out on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for the first time, confirming the upcoming phablet will launch during the second half of the year with a “new form factor.”

With the stylus-hosting handset having become a dominant force in the oversized smartphone space, the Korean manufacturer has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will mark the start of a new design direction for the company.

Although not confirming the numerical naming of the handset, Yoon Han-kil, Senior Vice President of Samsung’s Product Strategy Team told Reuters that the next-generation Galaxy Note will boast a “new form factor.”

While Samsung has faced repeated calls to introduce more premium materials and improved build quality to its leading smartphone lines, Yoon has failed to expand on what the Note 4’s ‘new form factor’ will have in store.

He 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.”

Recent Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumours have hinted that the phone will run an even larger display than the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with the recently confirmed Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor to power the device.

It has been suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date will be held during IFA 2014, with the Berlin-based tech show to be held between September 5 and 10.

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toboev

April 16, 2014, 12:53 pm

"While Samsung has faced repeated calls to introduce more premium materials and improved build quality..."
Other than tech journalists incestuously re-quoting their own kind, is there any original evidence that the people who buy these phones "repeatedly call" for "premium" materials and improved "build quality". And I guess into that mix you could also include people who would have bought but didn't, due to this hypothetical lack.

For myself, the answer is no. My 2 year old Samsung still looks as good as new, I have no idea what shortfall you might identify in the quality of its materials or build. Nothing has rubbed off, worn out, dropped off, frayed, acquired a patina, started to rattle, rust or anything else. Beyond a few superficial scratches there is nothing to betray its daily use over 2 years. I put that down to the correct choice of materials (polycarbonate) and well engineered and executed build, in short, quality.
What exactly do you mean by "build quality" that I am missing?

Improvement is always welcome, but not, as you imply, because it is sorely lacking until now.

Prem Desai

April 16, 2014, 6:33 pm

Lol. Take off the screen and call it Galaxy Shuffle.

TheRealPatriot

April 16, 2014, 11:29 pm

Agreed ! But if they can do better I will take it ! I am perfectly happy with my Note 3 and every other plastic Samsung phone I have had and If they do use metal I just hope that they keep the removable battery and still keep good radio performance as well as a micro sd card.

toboev

April 17, 2014, 6:49 am

That is why I am so curious to know the legitimacy of these reports of calls for "premium" materials and "improved build quality". As far as I can tell it is just lazy journalism. No source is quoted, no original research, no investigative journalism, just some hack saying it is so because another one did, until they all start to believe their own make-believe.

matonking

April 17, 2014, 9:04 am

Exactly! look at the Iphone devices with their aluminium body as an example; it didn't take long for the paint to chip off revealing the silver aluminium underneath. Making it out of plastic not only makes it durable but also CHEAP to replace.

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