Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 event will be happening in about a day’s time in Berlin, Germany. According to the invitation and all the teaser videos, the Korean Company is expected to announce its next generation Galaxy Note 4 phablet. We’ve been seeing quite a number of rumours and leaks about the device so before the actual announcement, here’s a roundup of all the things we know so far.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is believed to feature a same display size measuring at 5.7”. However, instead of a Full HD display that is so yesterday, Samsung will use a QHD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. While many might think that QHD on a mobile phone is an overkill, at the rate it’s being used on mobile devices, it’s only a matter of time 1440 x 2560 becomes a norm.
What’s a flagship smartphone when it doesn’t feature the latest and greatest hardware in the market, right? The specs of the Galaxy Note 4 was recently leaked onto an Indonesian retailer website. According to the listing, it will be powered by none other than a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with a whopping 4GB of RAM on board and up to 64GB of internal storage.
We haven’t actually seen much news concerning a heart beat monitor and a fingerprint sensor, but since these features are already found on the Galaxy S5, it makes perfect sense that Samsung will carry on the trend in its next flagship phablet.
Other specs includes LTE connectivity, USB 3.0 port found on the Galaxy Note 3 and S5, 16MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and such.
We’ve seen various leaks confirming that the Galaxy Note 4 will feature a 16MP camera at the back however, instead of using their very own ISOCELL technology, it has been reported that Samsung will be using a 16MP Sony IMX240 camera with OIS for its rear camera, and a 3.7MP camera at the front.
Samsung will also include a new Side Touch button at the side of the phone to act as the shutter. The Side Touch will be located on the bottom right of the device, and all a user has got to do is touch the sensor to capture an image.
Other camera features include Wide Selfie, Selfie and Selfie Alarm mode, support for gesture control, and will feature all the camera modes found on the Galaxy S5 such as HDR Live, Selective Focus, Fast Auto-Focus and more. More information about the camera available in this link.
Plastic or metal? We’re all hoping for the latter of course it looks like our wish might come true. A couple of weeks back, several images claiming to be the Galaxy Note 4 was published into the web sporting a metal frame. It looks somewhat similar to the Galaxy Alpha with metal frame however when you turn it around, you’ll see the same old textured plastic back cover but hey, at least the frame will be made out of metal, right?
If you take a look towards the left of the camera lens, it looks like Note 4 will sport the new design found on the Galaxy Alpha. Instead of placing the camera flash and heart rate sensor below the camera lens, the duo have been shifted towards the left of the lens, just like the Galaxy Alpha we saw last week.
There’s one thing to note about the leaked image though, the lack of a flap for the USB port below is a little worrying. We’re all expecting the Note 4 to feature the same water-resistant body as the Galaxy S5 but without a flap to cover the USB port, it could mean that you might not be able to take the Note 4 for a dip in the pool or for a walk under the rain.
According to the listing on the Indonesian retailer, the Galaxy Note 4 will retail at a whopping IDR9,499,000 – that converts to almost RM2,600!
Fortunately, according to another leak by the world’s second largest electronics retailer, Media Markt (number one in Europe), the Note 4 will be cheaper than that but still expensive nonetheless. The price was posted into the retailer’s Russian branch with a price of 34,490 rubbles (approximately USD$940). Since prices in Europe are generally higher and especially expensive in Moscow (about 20-30% higher), it could mean that the Note 4 will retail at USD$750 without subsidy – that’s about RM2390, much closer than the RM2,399 retail price of the Galaxy Note 3 at launch.
All these are based on rumours and leaks we’ve been seeing so far. We will be on-ground for the Unpacked Episode 2 event, so stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest information as and when we get them.