The Galaxy Note 4 appears to have been prematurely exposed by Samsung itself. French tech website Planet Galaxy discovered the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on the hardware compatibility list for Samsung’s SideSync software, which easily connects Android devices to Windows computers to share screens and utilize keyboards and mice.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 remains very much in the realm of rumors, but we can likely take this leak as some confirmation of the device’s existence, regardless of its release date and what features it will possess.
The Galaxy Note 4 is not the only device to be inadvertently leaked prior to its release. The Galaxy Note 3 model number was listed on the Samsung Kazakhstan website prior to its release. Many sources have wondered whether these “leaks” directly from Samsung are intentional.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 won’t be available for several months, there are already a number of specs rumored. Recently, a Samsung executive indicated that the Galaxy Note 4 might feature a “new form factor,” which many suggest might be a three-sided display. In addition to an updated design, the Galaxy Note 4 is projected to feature a (2560x1440) 2K display, a 64-bit CPU, 4GB mobile RAM, 128GB internal storage, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera and a 3600 to 3800mAh battery. The Galaxy Note 4 may also be water- and dust-resistant like the Samsung Galaxy S5.
Features for the Galaxy Note 4 cannot yet be confirmed, but certain components have already been announced and may be on the not-so-distant release pipeline. Samsung announced its 4GB LPDDR4 RAM chip in December, while Qualcomm recently announced its 64-bit Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810 chipsets. But Qualcomm has indicated that the processors won’t be featured on devices until 2015. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S5 features the Snapdragon 801 chipset, but the chipset manufacturer also has plans for the Snapdragon 805 chipset, which does not feature 64-bit processing, but does enable higher-resolution displays.