Now that the dust is starting to settle on the Galaxy S5 hype, it’s time to churn up the rumor mill for the Galaxy Note 4—America’s favorite oversized smartphone. The Galaxy Note 4 is an interesting beast. The public didn’t know what to make of its first generation as the Note was the first smartphone boasting a screen size that rivaled some tablets. When the first version launched, Android OS was struggling to keep up with third-party (non-Nexus) phones and bloated software was at an all-time high.
But the times are a-changing for Samsung and now its phones are giving Apple a run for its money (and sometimes even surpassing its sales). The Note is no exception—the Note 3 sold more than 10 million units in just two months and is still a hot item today. While the Note is known for its oversized screen, there are some curveballs on the horizon for what we can expect for the Galaxy Note 4.
Galaxy Note 4 Display
Each generation of the Note pushes screen size just a bit more. The first Note rocked a 5.3 inch screen, the second had a 5.5, and the third a 5.7 inch screen. The Note 5 is rumored to boast an epic 5.9 inch screen with a pixel density that rivals the HTC One Max and the LG G3—2560 x1440 QHD screen.
Another rumor circulating is that the Note 4 will debut with a curved screen. Seems radical for such a large “phablet” but it was already done with the Samsung Nexus S and it seemed intuitive for most users. The curve would probably be a bit less aggressive than the Nexus since most users don’t use the Note with one hand.
Samsung’s LSI business VP of Marketing told CNET that Samsung is working very hard to produce a 64-bit processor to catch up to Apple and the iPhone 5S. There’s a strong possibility we could see this in the Galaxy Note 4. One advantage that comes along with the large screen size is that Samsung has tons of room to play with power and battery life. If there was ever a testing ground for 64-bit, the Note 4 is it. The newest Galaxy Note 4 will also likely have a 2.5 GHz quad-core snapdragon powering the device, which rivals some laptops on the market.
This is another space Samsung has room to play with, and they might have a behemoth ready for the Note 4. ET News reports that Samsung is building a 20 megapixel camera for the Galaxy Note 4, making it one of the highest on the market (the Note 3 currently has a 13MP camera). Other, more reliable sources point to a 16MP camera and an improved sensor—of course, this will come along with the standard 1080p video too.
There are a couple fun rumors that may or may not make it into the final product:
- A fingerprint scanner on the screen or home button
- A retina scanner that can actually scan your eye to allow access to the device
- S Pen improvements for better note taking (a biggie for such a large screen)
- Wireless charging built into the battery and device
Cost and Launch
No way to sugar coat the cost of the Galaxy Note 4, as it will likely be higher than the Galaxy S5 (nearly $800 unsubsidized) and should launch sometime this month.