And a number of other details, as well. There have been many rumors, and a few leaked images, of the new Galaxy Note 4, which is due to be revealed on September 4th (or possibly the 3rd). But we’ve seen nothing official from Samsung at all.
That all changed today. Samsung released a video teaser showcasing the Note 4’s S-Pen, and the phablet’s ability to input handwriting and drawings. At the 32 – 33 second mark, you can clearly see the metal edge of both the top and side of the phone (use You Tube’s ability to pause the video and advance frame by frame to see it clearly.) There are other frames at 39 – 41 seconds that also clearly show the metal edge. While some rumors indicated that the Note 4 might do away with the physical home button that Samsung is famous for, at the 46 second mark we get a clear view of the front of the device, which shows the physical home button is still there, for good or ill. And the bezels don’t appear to us to be significantly smaller than those on the Note 3.
At the 50 second mark we get a view of the back of the phone, but it’s too dimly lit to tell much, other than the back still appears to be plastic. That likely means a replaceable battery. The camera and flash seem to bulge out of the back more than on the Note 3. Whether that’s because the higher resolution camera and OIS take up more space, or whether the Note 4 is thinner overall than its predecessor we’ll have to wait to find out.
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And there is definitely no curved or wrap-around screen on this version, although there are still rumors that a limited edition version will appear with a curved or wrap-around screen.
What’s known about the Note 4 includes:
- Quad HD (2560 x 1440) 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display
- Snapdragon Quad core 805 @ 2.5 GHz for North America, Exynos Octocore 5433 @ 1.3 GHz for the rest of the world
- 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage (with the possibility of 16 GB and 64 GB versions)
- 16 MP rear camera, 3. 67 MP front
- KitKat 4.4.3
Some of the more interesting rumors include a UV sensor, tied into Samsung’s fitness suite, to warn you if you’ve spent too much time in the sun, a retina scanner for more secure device unlocking, and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS),
UPDATE: Samsung has released another video. Nothing really new here, but there are some more images that seem to confirm a metal frame, similar to that of the Galaxy Alpha.
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January 16 2019