The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release isn’t expected to arrive until the second half of the year but that hasn’t stopped the avalanche of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors from burying prospective buyers well ahead of the device’s launch date.
Last September, Samsung took the stage and announced its Samsung Galaxy Note 2 successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 3 is the company’s current large screen option and it resides on shelves next to the Samsung Galaxy S5, a device that landed on shelves for the first time earlier this month. Like all smartphones, the Galaxy Note 3 will get replaced and the Galaxy S5 will be joined by something new, and perhaps, something better. The interesting this is, Samsung isn’t even hiding the fact that it plans to ditch the device later on this year.
For months, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors have swirled around, teasing prospective Galaxy Note 3 buyers with tales of an upgraded devices coming this fall. Indeed, Samsung itself has, several times, confirmed a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone for the fall, complete with a brand new design. Samsung isn’t talking about specific dates or specific features, leaving those for the rumor mill.
Galaxy Note 4 rumors continue to swirl and today, another big possible leak has emerged thanks to a patent filing in South Korea that showcases a potential Samsung smartphone design.
The filing, spotted by Dutch site Galaxy Club, shows off a brand new form factor complete with curved display that bends around the side of the phone to offer a different viewing angles. While the design might seem like it was plucked out of fantasy, the form factor lines up with Galaxy Note 4 rumors.
- In January, a Samsung executive told Bloomberg that the company was looking into including a three-sided display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. An earlier report from the same publication suggested that the company was aiming to bring another curved smartphone to the market in 2014.
- A recent report from The Korea Herald cites Song Jong-ho, an analyst at Seoul-based KDB Daewoo Securities, who says that Samsung will bring bent displays to the market later this year and that it will introduce a “few million units at the end of this year, initially taking aim at the niche market”.
- Another Samsung official recently told the The Korea Times that the company is still considering a bent display for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 may not look like the device seen inside the patent filings, it’s likely more of a concept idea than a solid design, it’s possible that the actual Galaxy Note 4 design will incorporate hints of this design. Samsung is likely playing around with several Galaxy Note 4 prototypes ahead of its launch and a three-sided version of the device is likely one of them given how much we’ve heard about it.
What this also means is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is likely still a moving part and could change in the months leading up to its eventual launch.
This filing comes to the surface several months after another Samsung patent filing teased a possible Galaxy Note 4 design. That design also featured a bent, three-sided display though the design was much more subtle. An unofficial Galaxy Note 4 render brought that design to life and showcased what a Galaxy Note 4, based on that patent, could look like.
Design rumors aren’t the only Galaxy Note 4 rumors that have surfaced in recent weeks. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 rumors point to an arrival later on this year with a number of potential upgrades from last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 4, according to Samsung, will launch in the second half of the year with a brand new design. The company still hasn’t detailed the changes or the launch date though the device is expected to arrive in and around September 5th, the start of IFA.
In addition to the bent display, the Galaxy Note 4′s specs are thought to include improved resolution, faster processor, LTE-Advanced for faster data speeds, and perhaps, some changes to the touch portion of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen. The improvements could bring improved Air View, Air Gesture and S Pen support to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy smartphones.
A supercharged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would join the Galaxy S5 and take on the likes of the iPhone 6. Apple’s new iPhone is expected to feature a much larger display in the vicinity of 4.7-inches. The current iPhone 5s utilizes a 4-inch display.
Rumors suggest that Apple is working on a larger version of the iPhone 6, possibly 5.5-inches in size. The device would likely be aimed squarely at the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the large screen segment of the smartphone market. Rumors suggest that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may have been delayed until 2015 due to issues though that remains unconfirmed.
Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 6 sometime this fall, perhaps right around the same time that Samsung takes the curtain down from around its Samsung Galaxy Note 4. A specific date will likely remain out of view until we get much closer to its debut.