Samsung Galaxy Note 4 May Gain Missing Galaxy S5 Feature

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which insiders expect to see this fall could steal one of the Samsung Galaxy S5 features rumored earlier this year and then rumored as removed.

Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S5 at an event later this month and despite initial rumors that the smartphone would come with a waterproof and dustproof feature it looks like this will not make it on the flagship model that arrives in April or May, but in a Galaxy S5 active model that comes later.

While the Samsung Galaxy S5 may not see this feature, it could make an appearance on the Galaxy Note 4 that is rumored for later this year.

Samsung could be planning a waterproof Galaxy Note 4 as this feature may not make the cut for the Galaxy S5.

Samsung could be planning a waterproof Galaxy Note 4 as this feature may not make the cut for the Galaxy S5.

A new report today suggest Samsung is switching technologies to make it easier to deliver a flagship smartphone that is waterproof. According to Korean publication Etnews Samsung is making moves that suggest the company plans to make a Galaxy S5 model with waterproof and dustproof features in greater supply, but the wording and a previous report suggests this is not the main Galaxy S5 model. The report claims Samsung cancelled an order for antenna technology that the company used on the Galaxy Note 3 to focus on different type of technology that is easier and more suited for a waterproof smartphone.

According to Etnews Samsung will make waterproof and dustproof essential functions on all flagship models. Samsung is allegedly working with suppliers that are developing better antenna technology to enable a thinner waterproof smartphone. Daesan Electronics is working on a design that can shrink the back plastic case of a waterproof smartphone by as much as 20%. Thickness is a major hurdle for Samsung to jump in order to deliver a waterproof flagship smartphone.

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The Galaxy S4 Active is thicker than the Galaxy S4 and while case sales and S4 active sales suggest many consumers would love a waterproof phone, selling a thicker phone is a challenge even with the added benefits.

If this technology comes along fast enough, and the prediction that Samsung wants waterproof to be a standard feature is true, we could see a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a waterproof and dustproof design later this year.

A Samsung executive already confirmed the company is planning a new Galaxy Note for a fall release in an interview with Recode in early January. Samsung executives are optimistic about the Galaxy Note 4 features telling Bloomberg in January that the company wants to include a three sided display on the next Galaxy Note¬†and recently an analyst note centered on a “bent” display for the Galaxy Note 4.

The prospect of a waterproof Galaxy Note 4 is exciting, but it is important to consider the back and forth nature of rumors and even executive comments as a Galaxy Note 4 release approaches reality will meet rumors and some features that look good on a concept will not stand up to the needs of mass production.

A waterproof Galaxy Note 4 is far from confirmed, but Samsung’s Galaxy S5 announcement on February 24th could shed light on what we can expect from the Galaxy Note 4 later this year and additional rumors will help shed light on the larger Galaxy Device.

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Samsung executives are likely excited about packing new technology into the Galaxy Note 4 which is likely to deliver a 5.5-inch or larger display in order to compete with a rumored 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this fall.

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  1. Chris says

    Anything that makes the phones mil-spec dust proof and water proof for falling in a pool/bath tub/hot tub is good enough for me.

    If you intend on swimming or scuba diving in the ocean with your cell phone, there are external cases for that.

    But knowing your new Note 4 can survive a small kids Woops! or even a careless bump into the kitchen sink would be so wonderful.

    My glass broke on my Note 3 in just 3 weeks after I bought it. The glass was thin and cheap and did not survive the first drop from hand hight to the ground.

    I even had the ‘leather’ flip-case with the window on my Note 3, and it offered zero protection when the phone hit the ground from a fall of less than 4 feet.

    The flip-window case is cute but worthless for protecting the Note 3 – they should have at least put a lip of silicone bumper or thicker ‘leather’ ridge sticking out just 2 mm from the actual phone body – that would have saved my glass.

    What is the point of Samsung making a waterproof phone with paper thin glass that shatters into finger cutting slices the moment it falls from your hand ?

    Samsung, make the glass a little stronger and some sort of rubber edged bumper built into your flip-window cases, at least 2mm wider than the actual phone body.
    You will make your customers happy with the 2mm barrier as it will save them much time and cost prevent suffering!

    Also, PLEASE Make a SmartDoc 4 to sell with the Note 4 !!!

    The SmartDoc 4 should come with four USB 3.0 ports, the power port, headphones/audio out port, and the latest HDMI port standard.

    Please also include built in support for reading Win32 / NTFS / Mac OSX Hard drives. Those little Seagate / WD passport hard drives Easily add 1 – to – 4 TB of storage, enough for a great movie/photos/songs collection.
    It should also support direct USB 3.0 plug-in of HP/Canon/Samsung printers.

    SmartDoc 2 makes my Note 3 work just like a laptop with the mouse, keyboard and monitor. It is time to have an updated SmartDoc 4.

    When people see a Note 4 Docked into a SmartDoc 4 has as much functionality nearly the same (or better) as a MacMini – you really will pull ahead of Apple then !

  2. Richard Yarrell says

    Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period. They are the GOLD standard of technology today and the last three years easily.

    The Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Gear 3 will be both DAY ONE PURCHASE for me. Nothing else matters in technology period.

  3. maaen says

    My worry is about the removable battery.
    If Samsung disregards my needs of removing the battery from the back of the phone…then the waterproofed Note 4 will have to look for other customers…It will not be me …. I would not make phone calls in the rain.. I would not use the phone in the shower or drop the phone in the urinal and I would not let careless people with the propensity to dunk the phone in a swimming pool or bath tub anywhere near the phone.
    Let us see how much Samsung cares for their previous customers who have faithfully bought the pallets.
    Free instant battery replacement for the life of the phone….or a non waterproof version alongside the new boy or lose a lot of past customers
    BEST WISHES TO SAMSUNG

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