The rivalry between wireless phone makers Apple and Samsung is stronger than ever, and as a result, September will be a huge month for smart phone enthusiast. As stated in our previous blog, Apple is planning to announce their newest phone, the iPhone 6, on September 9th. Seemingly in an effort to take the wind out of Apple’s sails, the South Korean tech giant has sent out invitations to its "Unpacked 2014," where multiple sources have confirmed the release of the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung will be making their big announcement simultaneously in 3 cities: Berlin, Beijing, and New York. The timing for their announcement not only comes dangerously close to Apple's, but it also coincides with the IFA technology conference in Berlin, Germany, where Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 4 during a press event.
The September release for the Galaxy Note 4, what some are now calling the flagship devices of Samsung, could not come any sooner for Samsung. After going through a rough quarter caused by a combination of poor consumer interest in the Galaxy S5 which was released earlier this year and decreased market share, Samsung has been looking to regain prominence and influence. The good news for Samsung, is that the Note 4 can provide just that.
Samsung's Note series has historically been the spec king of its generation. Because of the increased size of the Galaxy Note phones in comparison to its competitors, the Samsung Galaxy Note phones have been able to offer larger and more impressive screens, processors, batteries, and cameras. Samsung was afterall, the first major company to champion the "phablet" market.
In terms of specs, you can expect to see a 5.7-5.9 inch 1440 x 2560 pixel Super AMOLED touch screen display. This is what is also known as a 2k display, similar in size and pixel density to the screen on the LG G3. Rumors have spread that the Note 4 might also feature a curved display as a sort of "x factor" feature, but this is probably more of a hope than a reality. We do expect, however, to see a fingerprint scanner on the Note 4. Though this feature was incorrectly rumored to be on the Note 3 a year ago, we believe that it will be on the Note 4 because Samsung has now released a phone with that technology already (the Galaxy S5).
There are no concrete sources on the exact memory capacity of the Galaxy Note 4, but we're confident that it will come in a number of sizes--probably 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB--in addition to featuring up to 128GB in expandable memory storage. The Note 4 will also be the first phone to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz Quad-Core processor. Most premier smartphones today run Qualcomm's 801 processor, which is a fantastically powerful processor. Being a step up from the 801, I'm excited to see the power capacity and performance of Qualcomm's newest chipset.
We can also expect to see the best camera of any smartphone on the Galaxy Note 4, which will come with a 16 megapixel Sony camera with built in optical image stabilization. A few blogs and reports have been made claiming that the Note 4 will feature a 20+ megapixel camera; however, this seems to be a little too much wishful thinking.
It is likely that the Galaxy Note 4 will run on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but hopefully it will receive an early update to run on Android L when it is finally released. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will no doubt have specs for consumer geeks to marvel over, and it only makes sense to give it the newest Android operating system to make use of all of its great features.
The one area where reports have been notably sparse is in the field of physical design. Samsung has in the past opted for cheaper external materials like a plastic shell when its competitors have upgraded to premium metals like aluminum. Those competitors have increased their market share as Samsung has decreased its. There is certainly correlation between these two factors and I'd argue that there is at least a small amount of causation. I can only hope that Samsung has learned from its past criticism and will design a phone that has an exterior that will finally match the level of superiority of its computing power.
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