Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4 during the IFA technology trade show in Berlin in September - here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the company’s latest phablet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumours: Design and display
The Galaxy Note range has grown gradually over the last three years, but that rate of growth has always been slow - the original Note was five inches, followed by the 5.5in Note 2 and 5.7in Note 3. Given this track record, we expect the Note 4 to have a 5.9in display, falling just shy of the 6in Nokia Lumia 1530 and the enormous 6.4in Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
It has been claimed the Note 4 will have a QHD resolution, meaning an LG G3-equalling 1440 x 2560. As for the screen technology used, SamMobile believes it will be AMOLED, just as all other recent Samsung flagships.
Here, Samsung might have a trick up its sleeve - the Note 4 is rumoured to have a curved display, just like that of the Galaxy Round which launched last year. But, if the Round’s muted reception was anything to go by (and LG’s equally rare G Flex), Samsung could well be having second thoughts on giving the Note 4 some curve.
ZDNet Korea cites “industry insiders” as saying the Note 4 will have a display which is curved and wraps around the edges of the handset - just like a Samsung prototype shown off two years ago, where an edge could be used as a news ticker or to show notifications without lighting up the front of the screen.
We’re also hearing that a premium-feeling metal chassis could be used - a welcome step in the right direction and away from the shiny plastic of the Galaxy S5 and fake stitched leather of the Note 3. Korea’s ET News claims the company has been experimenting with magnesium and aluminium for parts of the Note 4, but adds that plastic will still be involved for some of its construction.
If the Note goes metal we expect the Galaxy S6 to follow suit next year - only then will Samsung finally be able to compete against Apple and HTC in the design stakes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumours: Features
We expect the S Pen to make a welcome return with the Note 4, as Samsung continues to lead the way when it comes to making a great mobile phone stylus. We’ve been pretty happy with the S Pen for a couple of years now, but extra sensitivity and new features would always be welcome - unfortunately very little is known about this aspect of the Note 4, for now.
Features we know more about include a retinal eye scanner and a UV light sensor. Rumours of both featuring on the Note 4 surfaced in recent weeks; the former will add a new layer of security, whereby the phone can be unlocked by scanner the retina of its owner, while the latter may be included with S Health to warn you about skin damage from sunburn.
It’s claimed the Note 4’s UV sensor will monitor light levels and advise you against being exposed to the sun for long periods of time.
As for the retinal scanner, we expect this to be joined by the fingerprint scanner first seen on the Galaxy S5 and more recently on the Tab S range.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumours: Release date
UPDATE: Samsung has sent out invitations to a media event which will take place in Berlin on 3 September, a day before IFA gets underway. The event starts at 2pm local time and is where we fully expect to see the Galaxy Note 4 and maybe the Galaxy Alpha, too.
Samsung traditionally announces its new Note at the annual IFA tech trade show in Berlin, and we expect this year to be no exception. Given the press days are 3 and 4 September, we expect to see Samsung host a media event on one of these two days.
As for a release date, expect the Note 4 to go on sale a couple of weeks later.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rumours: Price
The Note 3 launched with a SIM-free price of £525 and we expect to see a similar price for the new model.