Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (KRX:005935) has sent out invites for its “Unpacked Episode 2” event on Sept. 3, when the company is expected to unveil the next-generation Galaxy Note handset, dubbed the Galaxy Note 4. The event, which is scheduled two days before the IFA trade show kicks off in Berlin, is planned to be held in three cities -- Berlin, Beijing and New York -- simultaneously.
The South Korean technology giant typically unveils its Note series of smartphones at or around the IFA event, and the 2014 version of the device will not be an exception. The announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 unveiling event also supports some earlier rumors, suggesting that Samsung might actually release the device sooner than it did in previous years, SamMobile reported.
Although Samsung did not mention the Galaxy Note 4 anywhere in the invite, it is evident from the tagline -- “Ready? Note the date!” -- that another installment in the company’s flagship Galaxy Note line will take center stage on Sept. 3.
In addition to the word “Note,” the invite also carries a graphic of the Air command wheel, which was introduced on the Galaxy Note 3 last year.
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While the Air command wheel featured on the invite does not include the “S Finder” function and the “Pen Window” function, it has retained the “Action Memo,” “Scrap Booker” and “Screen Write” features. The Air command wheel also features a “manual selection” tool, something that is currently featured on the Galaxy Note 3 S Pen, according to SamMobile.
Samsung will provide live streaming of the event on its official YouTube channel, beginning at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 3.
Here is a list of expected features -- based on rumors -- that are expected to be incorporated into the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4:
The current Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to feature a sharper QHD 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.
Rumors are rife that the Galaxy Note 4 will come in two versions, one powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and another featuring a more powerful Exynos 5433 chip, which is expected to outperform the former. The Galaxy Note 3 is also available in two models with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and the Exynos 5 Octa 5420 Chip.
The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel camera with a Sony IMX240 sensor and optical image stabilization among other features, while the existing Galaxy Note 3 has a 13-megapixel camera with features, such as simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, image stabilization, panorama and HDR mode.
The Galaxy Note 4 is also rumored to have a 3.6-megapixel front-facing camera, compared to the 2-megapixel camera found on the Note 3.
The Galaxy Note 4 could feature 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal storage capacity, which is similar to that of the Note 3.
According to ongoing rumors, the Galaxy Note 4 will run on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, while the Galaxy Note 3, which was released with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, recently received a firmware update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Meanwhile, some reports also have said that the Galaxy Note 4 will feature an ultraviolet sensor.
“The Note 4 will be the first smartphone to incorporate an ultraviolet sensor. The sensor can measure UV radiation and offer index levels to Note 4 users inside the 'S Health' application,” an executive at one of Samsung’s software partners based in Korea told the Korea Times last week.