The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is due this fall, and thanks to an overflow of Galaxy Note 4 rumors and loose-lipped Samsung executives we have a good idea about what to expect. After using the Galaxy Note 3 for nine months there are specific upgrades that I want to see when the Galaxy Note 4 release arrives.
After dominating the large Android smartphone space for years, the Galaxy Note 4 faces a tougher opponent thanks to a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Rumors show the Galaxy Note 4 screen is bigger and includes an S Pen, but the iPhone 6 could deal a blow to Samsung’s dominance in the large Android smartphone space and to the king of phablets.
The Galaxy Note 3 is a very nice smartphone, and continually one of the top smartphones to buy in 2014, but there is still room for improvement.
Rumors suggest the Galaxy Note 4 features include a 5.7-inch QHD display, 3GB of RAM, a supercharged processor, improved cameras and other updates. If Samsung is able to deliver these rumored Galaxy Note 4 specs, it will make many Galaxy Note 2 upgraders happy and validate the choice of Galaxy Note 3 owners to use an early upgrade option that carriers now offer.
Here is a look at what a Galaxy Note 3 owner wants from the Galaxy Note 4, and how each wish stacks up to current rumors.
Durable Design, Ditch the Leather
The Galaxy Note 3 design feels better than the Note 2, but it is still not incredibly durable and the fake leather back on the white Galaxy Note 3 is not something Samsung should stick with.
Even with good care, the plastic silver band that runs around the edge of the Galaxy Note 3 shows marks from using the phone every day. Metal smartphones like the iPhone 5s can show marks as well, but it normally takes more force. Although a metal Galaxy Note 4 doesn’t seem like it is in the cards I want to see Samsung boost the strength of the plastic on the edges of the Galaxy Note 4 to prevent wear and tear.
The plastic fake leather back of the Galaxy Note 3 is not as nice as the black model and is one that Samsung should abandon or significantly upgrade. The white Galaxy S5 back feels better and the fake leather design of the Galaxy S5 S View case feels more like a leather material than this hard plastic. If Samsung like the look of leather, use something other than plastic to offer it on the Note 4, or better yet go with dimples like the Galaxy S5.
I also want a water-resistant design so that the Galaxy Note 4 is waterproof to the point that I need for daily use. The Galaxy S5 already offers this and it looks like the Galaxy Note 4 will as well. It would also be great to see wireless charging built-in but that may be asking too much.
Galaxy Note 4 design rumors point to a brand new design, but we don’t know exactly what the company plans to show off this fall. Expect a fingerprint sensor and the water-resistant design that the Galaxy S5 offers. The LG G3 offers hope that Samsung can shrink the overall size of the Note 4 slightly. It is also safe to expect a removable back with access to a Micro SD card and a removable battery.
Amazing Display, That’s Not Bigger
The Galaxy Note 3’s 5.7-inch display is big enough for a smartphone. I would rather see Samsung keep this size and offer a smaller overall design than boost the screen size again. The HTC One Max’s 5.9-inch display looks great, but it makes the device incredibly big.
On top of keeping sane display size I want to see a 2k display in the Galaxy Note 4. Android, apps and content may need to catch up to this high-resolution, but the LG G3 display looks amazing and I would love to use a Note 4 with a QHD display to watch movies and TV at the gym and on the go.
The latest Galaxy Note 4 rumors line up with this part of my wishlist. Samsung will reportedly use a 5.7-inch QHD display on the Galaxy Note 4. That is the same size as the Galaxy Note 3, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The Note 3 only offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The Galaxy S5 camera is a major step forward, and I hope that Samsung continues to improve the performance and results available from Galaxy cameras on the Galaxy Note 4. Simply put I want a camera that takes better looking photos, reliably with a faster focus and capture. The Galaxy S5 camera gives a lot of hope for this wish.
Benchmarks suggest the Galaxy Note 4 camera will feature optical image stabilization and a 16MP sensor. OIS helps users take better looking photos in low light and in other conditions. While some rumors suggested a higher 20MP camera, a 16MP sensor with a good lens, stabilization and good software should suffice. The front facing camera may also get a boost to nearly 4MP for better video chat and selfies.
The HTC One M8 delivers the best sound on a smartphone n 2014, putting the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 to shame. I hope that Samsung is able to deliver better sound with the Galaxy Note 4 release this fall. Front facing speakers are tough to pull off on a phone with a large screen because it often means big bezels. The HTC One Max is a clear example of this tradeoff.
It would be great to see Samsung use some type of sound channeling to direct the sound from a back facing speaker through an acoustic chamber and out an opening on the front of the device. Speck makes an iPhone case that uses this technology to make speakers sound better without any hit on battery life.
There are no Galaxy Note 4 rumors that deliver details about the speakers or speaker placement, so this may be a surprise or something shoppers are left wanting.
S Pen Enhancements
Samsung continually updates the S Pen user experience with each Note release. The Galaxy Note 3 added a new menu that offers fast access to common S Pen activities. Overall the S Pen is a nice Galaxy Note 3 accessory, but Samsung can continue to improve this experience.
Galaxy Note 4 rumors don’t include any specifics about the S Pen yet, but it would be a shock to see the device arrive without one. It would be great to see Samsung add to the S Pen features, as I would like to use the accessory more, but we’ll need to wait and see what Samsung is able to deliver.