Rumors by Luke Jones on Wednesday August 20, 2014.
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Samsung's Galaxy Note range is responsible for creating an entire smartphone niche, not bad for a company often accused of failing to be innovative. The phablet (large screen smartphones) trend was started by the Korean company and ever since the Galaxy Note has dominated the market. With good reason too, as each new Note has been the best phablet available by the proverbial country mile. The Galaxy Note 4 is due to land at the IFA trade show on September 3rd and once again it will undoubtedly be a staggering piece of hardware, but this time it may not have things its own way.Here is our pre-launch guide to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs As you may expect, the Galaxy Note 4 is going to pack some serious hardware and may well arrive as the most spec?d smartphone on the market. That has certainly been the case with previous models, with the Note 3 for example packing the very best specs available when it launched. The Note 4 will tread a similar path and will get such goodies as a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD screen (1,440 x 2,560), and considering how good Samsung screens are we think this will be impressive, especially with a pixel per inch density of 515. As for processing power, the Note 4 will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, the absolute newest chipset from the company. The chip will be clocked at 2.7GHz and will be paired with an Adreno 420 GPU, again the newest graphics chipset available. RAM could stand at a whopping 4GB, which would make the Note 4 the first mainstream device to get that kind of kick. Other specs include a 16 megapixel camera, which is probably the same lens used on Samsung's Galaxy S5 flagship. However, it has been reported that the company will give photography a real push with the Galaxy Note 4, so do not be surprised to see some new software details for the camera module when the handset launches. With all of those blockbuster specs we will certainly be interested to see what battery the Note 4 is sporting, but it will need to be a substantial power pack. The fact Samsung uses removable batteries will be a major advantage again. Of course, the Note will not be complete without the S Pen, Samsung's much more than a stylus... stylus. Earlier S Pen's were a little hard to fully appreciate and were hardly an ironed out user experience, at least in my opinion, but the Note 3's S Pen and functionality totally won me over and I expect even more progress this year. Competition Most years, discussing the competition for a Galaxy Note smartphone is a little pointless. Samsung simply had the market sewn up and dominates phablet sales, despite there being some other good large screen handsets available. 2014 is going to be different as Samsung's biggest rival and the only company able to beat Sammy in individual device sales is entering the fray. Apple is due to launch its long rumoured iPhone phablet just a week after Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 4, and there is little doubt that the "i" device poses a serious threat. It is almost a given that the iPhone phablet will sell by the truck load, the real question is can it co-exist with the Note 4 or is Apple's handset going to eat into Samsung's market share? Samsung is sufficiently worried according to sources in Korea, but the company is also confident that its consumer base is already engrained in the Note ethos. Personal opinions abound, but the next phase of the Samsung/Apple war could be the most intriguing yet. LG can also not be discounted as a rival, simply because its well-received LG G3 flagship packs a pretty large 5.5-inch screen, but admittedly it still lives in a different market niche. The Korean company also has to contend with a decrease in demand, sales, and profit over the last quarter, so for the first time ever the Note line is going to be a flag bearer for Samsung. The Galaxy S5 has sold well, but not in the sustained numbers of its predecessors, so much rides on the Galaxy Note 4 and it is not an exaggeration to call it Samsung's most important smartphone for some time. Price and release Samsung is worried enough about the looming presence of Apple that the company is looking to roll out its Note 4 more quickly than it has with other models. Typically there is a cooling off period of a few weeks between Samsung Note launches and the device going on sale, but this time the company will forgo that practise. Instead it is thought that the Note 4 could land the weekend after its IFA launch, arriving in all major markets rapidly in a bid to outsmart Cupertino. As for price, the Galaxy Note 4 is going to sit at the very top of the mainstream market. On contract it will match other top end flagship devices, but off a plan it is likely to be among the most expensive smartphones available. We are interested to know what our readers think about the Galaxy Note 4 so far, so drop us a comment and let us know.