It’s almost that time of year again. Samsung has scheduled in its IFA press conference, which all but confirms that we’ll see a new Galaxy Note phablet announced.
The line-up has been a huge success, and is credited with inventing the phablet category.
So what’s in store for the fourth iteration? Let’s have a look at what we know so far.
1 It’ll launch on September 3rd
Samsung has sent out invites for its Unpacked event in Germany on September 3rd.
It included the tagline ‘Note the date’, which is a pretty big hint as to what to expect.
Samsung has launched every generation of Galaxy Note at IFA in Berlin at this time of year, so we’d be mighty surprised if it broke with tradition and didn’t unveil the new phablet come the 3rd.
2 It’ll come in two models
It seems Samsung is ‘doing an Apple’ and preparing its new flagship in not one, but two guises.
Just as the iPhone 6 is rumoured to launch in 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions, so the Galaxy Note 4 is said to come in a premium model, as well as the standard iteration.
So what will be different? The upmarket model is said to have a composite metal build that melds stainless steel, aluminium and magnesium.
This should hopefully get away from the plastic and fake leather that the South Korean giant has been so fond of on recent handsets.
It’ll also have a bendy screen. Apart from these cosmetic changes, it will be the same as the standard Galaxy Note 4 – same size, same specs.
Samsung was also rumoured to be preparing premium versions of the Galaxy S4 and S5 too, and nothing came of it. So we’ll have to wait and see if this one pans out.
3 Next version of Android
Samsung’s flagship devices arrive running the latest version of Android. And the Note 4 should be no different.
Exactly which version of Android that will be, however, remains to be seen.
It could be called Android 4.5, or Android 5. It’s available to developers now, and us regular Joe punters will get our hands on it in the autumn.
It’s currently called Android L, so place your bets on which dessert starting with L Google chooses for the final name.
4 2K screen
LG recently unveiled the G3, the first handset with a 2K screen. And so far, no mobile device has matched its resolution.
Rumours suggest the Galaxy Note 4 will have a 2K screen though, giving it a resolution of 2,560x1,600 pixels.
The G3 has a 5.5-inch screen, but the Note 4 is likely to be even bigger.
Each Note has been bigger than the last, with the Note 3 having a whopping 5.7-inch screen.
So the Note 4 could take the crown when it comes to displays.
Other headline specs for the device include an eight-core processor, and 16-megapixel camera. Not too shabby at all, then.
5 Bundled with Gear 3 smartwatch
With all the hype concerning Apple’s yet-to-be-announced iWatch, it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if Samsung launched another smartwatch before the end of the year.
Recently, rumours circulated that Samsung would unveil its latest techy timepiece at the same time as the Galaxy Note 4.
And, as it did with the Galaxy Gear and Note 3, rumours suggest it will bundle the smartwatch – likely called the Gear 3 – with the Note 4.
Just don’t expect the bundle to be cheap.