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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Rumors: All We Know So Far

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What you can expect from Samsung's new phablet, the Galaxy Note 4.

This is the Note 3This is the Note 3With the Galaxy S5 launch almost upon us (the device goes on sale this coming Friday), our attention turns to Samsung's other 2014 flagship. The Galaxy Note 3 (pictured above) was just unveiled at IFA Berlin last September, but spring is in the air, and the new season is bringing rumors to the Note 3's successor. Six months after the launch of the Galaxy Note 3, talk of the Galaxy Note 4 is heating up. So what can we expect from the next generation Note? Read on for what we know so far, as well as rumors and educated guesses. We'll keep updating this post, so check back regularly!

Screen

The display on Samsung's Galaxy Note handsets is always the hero feature. As the phone credited with launching the phablet trend, the Galaxy Note was one of the first popular 5-inch phones, and it's only gotten bigger over the years. The display on the Galaxy Note 3 measures closer to six inches (5.7 inches to be precise), and it looks like the display on the Note 4 might be even bigger than the panel on the Note 3. Don't worry, though. It won't be that much bigger. According to the latest reports, the display will be a 5.75-inch panel. There's also talk of a 2560 x 1440 resolution. If these numbers are correct, you're looking at 510 ppi compared to the 388 ppi on the Note 3. Yowza.

Processor

When Apple announced the iPhone 5S, one of the biggest headlines stemmed from the phone's 64-bit processor. More than six months later, we're still waiting for Samsung to hit back with its own 64-bit solution in a phone. There were rumors of a 64-bit processor for the Galaxy S5, but that didn't come to fruition. Now there's talk that the 64-bit chip will be inside the Galaxy Note 4. The Korea Times says Samsung will ship the Note 4 with a 32-bit or 64-bit chip, depending on the market. (The company has shipped previous devices with different processors depending on LTE support in a given market, so this wouldn't be unusual.) The news outlet cites a Samsung official as saying it needs time to apply Qualcomm's 64-bit processing technology to the Note 4.

Release

Given the Galaxy Note 3 was released in late September, we reckon the Galaxy Note 4 will also see a fall launch and unveiling. The Note 3 has been extremely successful, and Samsung no doubt wants to let the phone ride the wave for as long as possible. However, at this stage, smartphone users are more or less used to the yearly upgrade cycle smartphone manufacturers have adopted, so they'll be waiting for news of the Note 4 from around month eight or nine. This could spell a slowdown in sales of the Note 3 over the summer. If Samsung is anticipating that, it may use it as an excuse to launch the Note 4 a little bit earlier (say the end of August), but with IFA Berlin scheduled for September 5 to 10, we're betting Samsung will announce the Note 4 the same week it announced the Note 3 last year.

Form Factor

We know the Note 4 is going to be a big device. Just by the nature of its branding, it has to be. However, there may be something different about this year's Galaxy Note. According to the latest rumors, we could see a curved design with the Note 4. The Korea Times reports that a curved display is 'one possible option,' citing a Samsung official in its report. While Samsung has never had a curved flagship phone, it's no stranger to curved displays and form factors. This year's Gear Fit features a curved display and form factor, while the curvy Galaxy Round hit Korean stores in the fall of 2013. Going back even further, there was the Nexus S, which was developed by Google in partnership with Samsung and featured a slightly curved 'contour display' that fit snugly against the users face during calls and sat comfortably in the hand while browsing or texting.

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    laststop311 , April 11, 2014 8:53 PM
    qualcomms 64 bit snapdragon 810 won't be available to buy in consumer devices till 2015. So samsung would have to get their 64 bit exynos done in time for 64 bit to happen. What i'm most likely seeing is the korean version which seems to favor the exynos chips will be 64 bit possibly while the snapdragon version the US seems to always get will be the 805 which is 32 bit. That's what they mean by some 32 bit and some 64 bit.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 11, 2014 11:03 PM
    What's wrong with Qualcomm? They should've had 64-bit snapdragons out last year. Where the "market" is at, is when you have an iPhone or an Android phone that "looks" better but people don't really understand why. They just blindly believe what they read. Get with the times! But anyway, we NEED a 64-bit Android phone to take the next leap into the future of technology.
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    John Swain , April 11, 2014 11:07 PM
    Fortunately the Note 3 is such a great phone that my need to upgrade to Note 4 is not that pressing, so I'll probably wait for Note 5 and get the new 810 chip with a mature version of 64 bit Android. No need to spend $700 on a minor upgrade just to get a few added bells and whistles.
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    XaVierDK , April 12, 2014 4:00 AM
    Small correction. It wasn't the Nexus S that had the contour display, it was the Galaxy Nexus.

    And I don't think a curved display would work on a Note product. It has the S-Pen and all the different features that entails, and writing/drawing on a curved surface would be a pain.
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    Zepid , April 12, 2014 5:11 AM
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    qualcomms 64 bit snapdragon 810 won't be available to buy in consumer devices till 2015. So samsung would have to get their 64 bit exynos done in time for 64 bit to happen. What i'm most likely seeing is the korean version which seems to favor the exynos chips will be 64 bit possibly while the snapdragon version the US seems to always get will be the 805 which is 32 bit. That's what they mean by some 32 bit and some 64 bit.


    Exynos will never make it stateside, due to the lack of LTE support. These are unfortunate facts. I think they aren't legally allowed to without buying into several patents and whatnot.
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    AlexStukov , April 12, 2014 7:18 AM
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    What's wrong with Qualcomm? They should've had 64-bit snapdragons out last year. Where the "market" is at, is when you have an iPhone or an Android phone that "looks" better but people don't really understand why. They just blindly believe what they read. Get with the times! But anyway, we NEED a 64-bit Android phone to take the next leap into the future of technology.


    do you even know what is 64bit?
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    idisarmu , April 12, 2014 7:33 AM
    Quote:
    Small correction. It wasn't the Nexus S that had the contour display, it was the Galaxy Nexus.

    And I don't think a curved display would work on a Note product. It has the S-Pen and all the different features that entails, and writing/drawing on a curved surface would be a pain.


    They both had curved displays. The Galaxy Nexus was basically a Nexus S with a 1.2ghz dual core cpu (vs single 1ghz), 1gb ram (vs 512mb) and a 720p (vs wvga) screen.
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    Budge72 , April 12, 2014 8:19 AM
    If Samsung is going to put a curve on the Note 4 screen, they should make it so that the curve allows the phone to stand up by itself while in portrait view. I know that goes against what some people want because they want the curve for watching movies. But a gentle curve in portrait mode would make the phone easier to hold while using it as a phone, and it would fit more easily in front pants pocket.
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    therealduckofdeath , April 12, 2014 8:19 AM
    Please stop re-inserting these "stories" on the top of the newsfeed every week. Just make a section in one of those menus at the top of the page.
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    soldier44 , April 12, 2014 2:11 PM
    Anything short of a fully bendable flexable display, 4gb of ram with a 1440p or better res and a true 8 core 64 bit cpu and will be a huge disappointment.
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    therealduckofdeath , April 12, 2014 6:57 PM
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    Anything short of a fully bendable flexable display, 4gb of ram with a 1440p or better res and a true 8 core 64 bit cpu and will be a huge disappointment.


    What would you need eight 64 bit cores for in a phone? ...and 4GB is a nice spec, but, I think it's still a bit of a waste, like buying a 16GB Core i7 desktop PC to check your emails with. :) 
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    fokka , April 12, 2014 8:01 PM
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    They both had curved displays. The Galaxy Nexus was basically a Nexus S with a 1.2ghz dual core cpu (vs single 1ghz), 1gb ram (vs 512mb) and a 720p (vs wvga) screen.


    plus a much bigger screen (4.65 vs 4 inch, iirc). so a completely different phone then...
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    Darkk , April 12, 2014 10:23 PM
    I have the Note 2 and love it. I do welcome a bigger screen close to 6". However, please Samsung do NOT produce a curved screen. I just don't see the need for it.

    64 bit processor would be nice but unless it got more than 4 gigs of RAM it's not going to be of a real benefit.
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    wowcorny , April 13, 2014 3:49 AM
    they dont need 64bit processors, the only difference it has from 32bit processors is that it can handle more than 4gb of ram, if the device will not have more than 4gb of ram, a 64bit processor is useless. This is just a marketing gimmick, dont be fooled
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    caparc , April 13, 2014 3:21 PM
    I'm very happy with my note 2. I hope the note phones don't get bigger until they can be more rugged without sacrificing any current features. And, we can put a man on the moon, why not a better solution to those annoying side buttons? I forgot, the Koreans didn't go to the moon.
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    kapitalistas , April 13, 2014 3:39 PM
    my galaxy s4 get destroyd and sim card didnt fit in any other phone.
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    sylvez , April 14, 2014 8:56 AM
    How... the hell do you use a pen on a curved notepad
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    adibo , April 16, 2014 11:40 AM
    the galaxy note 4 would be better than galaxy s5 prix, and galaxy note 3
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    Abhishek Sharma 2455 , July 26, 2014 8:17 AM
    Previous reports had indicated similar specifications for the Galaxy F. It is also details a smartphone under the Lentis project, the SM-G906 (code-name lentislte), which supposedly features a Snapdragon 805 chip-set with full-HD display, and is meant only for Korea - with variants for the big three Korean carriers, SKT, LGU, and KTT.
    The device is may also include same camera sensor as expected in the alleged Galaxy Note 4. http://sqeets.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-note-4-is-coming-with-a-blast-samsung-galaxy-note-4-full-specifications/