With only a day to go before Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005935) unveils its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 on Wednesday, a report from Russia has leaked the pricing of the new handset in the country. The report, based on a retailer listing, suggests that the fourth-generation Galaxy Note could carry a price tag similar to that of its predecessor at launch.
According to a report from Hi-Tech.mail.ru, the Russian branch of the electronics retailer Media Markt listed the Galaxy Note 4 with a price tag of nearly 34,990 rubles in Russia, which translates to about $940 without carrier subsidies. Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 last year in Russia at the same price.
According to a report from Phone Arena, prices of electronic gadgets in Europe, especially in Moscow, are typically higher than in other parts of the world. So, the new Galaxy Note 4, which is expected to be released to the public sometime in late September or early October, could be priced to land at nearly $750 in the U.S. The Galaxy Note 3 too was launched in September last year.
In August, Samsung sent out invites for its “Unpacked Episode 2,” announcing that the event will be held in three cities -- Berlin, Beijing and New York -- simultaneously. Although Samsung did not mention the Galaxy Note 4 anywhere in the invite, its tagline -- “Ready? Note the date!” -- has been interpreted to mean that another installment of the company’s flagship Galaxy Note line would be the center of focus at the event.
Expected Features Of Galaxy Note 4
Rumors have it that the Galaxy Note 4 will sport a QHD Super AMOLED 5.7-inch display with 2560×1440 resolutions at a pixel density of 515 ppi. Samsung is also expected to launch two variants of the Galaxy Note 4 -- one featuring an octa-core Exynos 5433 processor and the other one running a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor.
The device is expected to have 3GB RAM and at least 32GB of internal storage capacity, which is similar to that of the Note 3. The handset is also likely to be released with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 16-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX240 sensor and optical image stabilization among other features.
In addition, the Galaxy Note 4 is also rumored to have handwriting-recognition capabilities with the S Pen becoming more functional. Other likely features include an improved fingerprint sensor, a heart-rate sensor within the rear camera’s flash unit and an ultraviolet sensor.