The Galaxy Note 4 by Samsung Electronics Co. (KRX:005930) may now be official but details about when the device will hit markets remain uncertain. Samsung says the Galaxy Note 4 will be available starting in October, yet a new report indicates a specific launch date for the device.
Dutch tech website Galaxy Club says the Galaxy Note 4 will be available at mobile networks in the Netherlands on Oct. 10. Typically Samsung designates a single initial launch date for its new devices to become available in most major markets. If accurate, Oct. 10 could be the launch date for the Galaxy Note 4 in the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia and other major markets. Samsung did not indicate any additional launch periods for major markets during its unveiling event for the Galaxy Note 4 on Wednesday. Notably, the Galaxy Note 3 launched in the U.S. a few weeks after its initial launch in late September 2013, which Samsung specified at the device’s announcement.
The major U.S. mobile networks including Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), Sprint Corp. (NYSE:S) and T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE:TMUS) have all confirmed that they will be offering the Galaxy Note 4, starting in October. The device will also be available at retailers including Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT), Sam’s Club, Radio Shack (NYSE:RSH), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST).
Pricing details for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 have not been confirmed, but the device is expected to sell for about $799 off-contract. The Galaxy Note 4 should sell for about $299 with a two-year contract, which is on par with the pricing for previous Galaxy Note models. However, in the U.S. the price of the Galaxy Note 4 could vary by carrier or retailer.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 introduces a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560) resolution display to Samsung’s smartphone line. With a pixel density of 500 pixels per inch, it allows for sharper images and brighter colors. The display complements the device’s 16-megapixel camera, which includes image-stabilization technology, a feature long anticipated for Samsung phones. The Galaxy Note 4 camera also supports 8x digital zoom, another industry first, and includes a 3.7-megapixel front camera, great for taking selfies.
Samsung has also updated its S-Pen stylus for the Galaxy Note 4. The stylus acts more like a mouse, allowing users to perform functions like cut, paste and crop with ease.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 includes a super-powered battery with Adaptive Fast Charging technology, which allows the device to charge 50 percent in 30 minutes. Its Ultra Power-Saving Mode allows the Galaxy Note 4 to maintain a 10 percent charge for 24 hours.