Samsung has done an unusually good job of keeping leaks about the next Galaxy Note to a minimum. We’ve seen supposed leaks of specs, but everything to date has been pretty predictable, and there have been no leaked images of this phone.  Until today.

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From the back and bottom, we see what might well be a metal frame, rather than Samsung’s traditional metal-look plastic, and a return to the faux leather back seen on the Note 3 and some of Samsung’s tablets, but without the fake stitching. I have to say that this looks dramatically better than the golf-ball effect dimples on the current Galaxy S5, and somewhat more realistic than the fake leather on Samsung’s earlier devices. The charging port appears to be micro-USB 3.0, which isn’t a surprise, given that the S5 already offers  the faster charging times and data transfer provided by USB 3.0.

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The front shows us a pretty traditional looking Samsung device. The corners are perhaps a bit less rounded than on the Note 3. The top bezel, and possibly the bottom, strike me as smaller than those on the Note 3. If Samsung has managed to shrink the side bezels, too, the Note 4 could be a good bit smaller than the S3 while retaining the same screen size.

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There’s also been an alleged “leak” of the Note 4 box, with a photo of the supposed  Note 4 on the front, but to me it appears to be nothing more than a photoshopped Note 3 box. The leaked box image does not include the shiny metal edges shown here.

We should know more soon. Samsung is expected to formally announce this phone on September 3rd, and as that date gets closer we’ll probably see more leaks.

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