First half of 2014 has been pretty busy for Samsung but it doesn’t appear that the company has any intention of slowing down. Even though the Galaxy S5 along with all its cousins has been made official, there is one more device that we are impatient to see – the 4th generation of the Galaxy Note phablet. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to make its debut in September during IFA 2014, which is a little over two months from now so it’s about time to learn some vital details. As if to appease our anxious thoughts, the device paid a visit to AnTuTu revealing key hardware specifications.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – What to expect.
As it often happens with Samsung products, the Note 4 will be released in two versions, with model number SM-N910S and SM-N910C. The “S” variant, possibly referring to Snapdragon chip, will come with Qualcomm’s latest 805 processor and an Adreno 420 GPU. The “C” model apparently will have Samsung Exynos 5433 octa-core CPU with Cortex A53 and Cortex A57 cores onboard and a max clock speed of 1.3 GHz.
In case you don’t know yet, these are ARM’s first 64-bit processor cores that are supposed to deliver balance between power consumption and fast performance. Graphics is taken care of by ARM Mali T760 which is comparable to the Adreno unit. That means that both variants of the phablet should perform equally well while processing graphics.
Most likely the Snapdragon model will be headed to the US, while the Exynos edition will stay in Asia and other markets that don’t put so much emphasis on LTE speeds. This distinction is due to the fact, the Qualcomm’s chips are much better at handling LTE networks which are far more advanced in the US than for example emerging markets.
As far as we can tell from AnTuTu screenshots, other features will be identical for both models. QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution for the Galaxy Note 4 was already mentioned a few times and AnTuTu benchmark appears to confirm that part. There’s no word on the dimensions of the display but previous rumors put it at 5.7 inches diagonal – exactly like the Galaxy Note 3, which seems to be just the right size.
The main camera is equipped with a 16-megapixel sensor, though Samsung’s ISOCELL unit might be replaced by a new Sony IMX240 sensor with optical image stabilization. The front-facing camera is of rather unusual 3.68-megapixel variety which is the same as pixel count of the screen (3.686 million pixels). It might be just a pure coincidence; however, if it’s not, it could suggest a new feature that somehow connects screen and front camera. Other details include 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
AnTuTu benchmark results don’t necessarily mean that the Galaxy Note 4 will be release with those exact specs. In fact, they are more of an indication of what we can expect, though we shouldn’t be surprised if the final product is in some ways different. Of course, we won’t know for sure until the phablet is announced most like during IFA 2014, which this year starts on September 5th.