The Galaxy Note 3 was one of our favorite smartphones of 2013, thanks to its gorgeous 5.7-inch display and robust stylus features. For the Note 4, Samsung is set to make its flagship phablet even better. The rumored Galaxy Note 4 is expected to boast features like a stunning quad HD display, a super-speedy Snapdragon 805 processor and a sharp 16-MP rear camera. It could even ship with a curved variation, for those tired of straight screens. Many are still speculating what the final Note 4 could look and feel like, but here are some of the more solid rumors we’ve heard so far.
The Galaxy Note 4 is likely to retain its phablet form factor, but its flat design might not be your only option. According to reports out of Korea, the Note 4 could come in an eye-catching curved variation, similar to the company’s Galaxy Round from last year. A curved Note 4 is feasible given Samsung’s experience with the architecture, and would give customers two versions of the Note 4 to choose between, much like the iPhone 6’s rumored two designs.
Speaking of competing with the iPhone, the Note 4 is rumored to sport a metal body, which would give it a premium feel more akin to Apple’s smartphones. Based on recent leaked images posted to GSM Arena, it looks like the device’s faux leather backing could make a return, with a more textured finish for better grip.
We were blown away by the Note 3’s 5.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 display, and the smartphone’s screen could be getting a whole lot sharper. Previous leaks suggest that the Note 4 will sport an ultra-sharp 2560 x 1440 quad HD display, which would bring the smartphone up to speed with the recent LG G3 in terms of screen resolution.
Overall, we much prefer the color saturation and viewing angles provided by the Galaxy S5 than the G3, so if Samsung can combine the goodness of AMOLED with QHD the Note 4 could be the best smartphone screen ever.
The Note 3’s 2.3-GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor allowed us to tear through our daily tasks with ease, and you can expect even zippier performance with the Note 4. As tipped by Sammobile, the Samsung sequel could pack an extra powerful Snapdragon 805 CPU, which would further reinforce the Galaxy Note’s purpose as a mobile multitasking machine. The Snapdragon 805 chip was previously featured on the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, a beefed-up version of the Galaxy S5 that’s exclusive to Korea.
The 16-MP camera found on the Samsung Galaxy S5 helped set some new standards for mobile photography, and that same sensor could be gracing the Note 4. The upcoming phablet is rumored to make the jump from 13-MP to 16-MP, which means you can likely look forward to shots that are even more rich and detailed than they were on the already-impressive Note 3. You can also expect sharp selfies; the Note 4 is rumored to arrive with a 4-MP front camera.
While we’re not sure when the Note 4 is hitting store shelves, an official Sept. 3 reveal is all but confirmed. That’s the date of Samsung’s annual Unpacked event taking place at IFA 2014 in Berlin, and the company has previously unveiled the Note 2 and 3 at Unpacked.
The Note 3 released in fall 2013, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Note 4 hit around the same time this year to compete with Apple’s much-anticipated iPhone 6.