With the second half of 2014 set to witness an avalanche of mobile releases, there is no doubt that the Korean giant, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:0059935), will be at the heart of the marketplace. And according to rumors emanating from their native country, one of their most significant releases is already earmarked for a release date.
Galaxy Note 4 v iPhone 6
The Galaxy Note 4 will be a flagship phablet for Samsung, and given the reports that continue to materialize regarding Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) releasing its first phablet with the iPhone 6, this will be an even more important release for Samsung than usual. Thus, media reports from Korea which indicate that the Galaxy Note 4 will be released in September, 2014, will be of particular interest to consumers, market analysts and Apple insiders alike.
Although Apple has kept characteristically quiet about the iPhone 6, months of speculation has indicated that not only will Apple launch a 5.5-inch phablet-sized model of their flagship smartphone, but also that it will hit the High Street in September. Today’s news from Samsung obviously implies that the two devices would be released within weeks of one another, making this a potential heavyweight encounter in the sales department.
Digit.in suggets that September 25 will be the due date for the Galaxy Note 4, while a report in the Christian Post states that Samsung is already nearing readiness to put the Galaxy Note 4 into mass production. This demanding process is scheduled to begin between now and July, with the Galaxy Note 4 already believed to have been put through AnTuTu benchmark tests. The Christian Post indicates that these tests consider the forthcoming phablet to be 15 percent faster than its Galaxy Note 3 predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 spec list
But what can we expect from this critical phablet release aside from a niftier processor? The first thing of note is that Samsung is seemingly intending to arm the Galaxy Note 4 with an extremely powerful camera. TechRadar notes that the Galaxy Note 4 will include optical image stabilisation, while GeekyGadgets.com suggests that the phablet’s camera will be in the 12-megapixel range, although other sources have suggested that it could be a 16-megapixel camera.
Aside from the snapper in the device, it also seems likely that Samsung will release two versions of the Galaxy Note 4. One of the two models will feature an Exynos 5433 chip and the other will be armed with the more common Snapdragon 805. It would seem, given that it is the faster of the two, that the Exynos will be included in the premium model.
In terms of display, this would seem to be uniform between the two proposed models, with leaks suggesting that both Galaxy Note 4 devices will feature a QHD 2560 x 1440 display. Other specs related to the devices include Android 4.4.3 and 3GB of RAM memory.
The feature set of the Galaxy Note 4 has not been announced yet, but various swipe and fingerprint functionality would seem to be likely. Now we merely need to hear solid plans from Apple to find out whether the biggest mobile battle of all-time is set to take place in September.