We’ve gathered tons of rumors about the Galaxy Note 4, but we now have some official specs some near two months before the phablet’s release.
AnTuTu, for those who may not know, is a device-testing company, and its software is known for showing not only a phone’s speed capabilities, but also how the smartphone ranks in terms of its specs with other high-end smartphones on the market. AnTuTu is designed to show you the highest speed, graphics, web browsing, and data performance of your device; it isn’t designed to show you exactly how your smartphone will operate in real time, or the typical experience you’ll get out of it. For that, you’ll need to check out Geekbench.
What matters here, however, isn’t AnTuTu itself so much as what AnTuTu has shown us in the last few days. Not surprisingly, the Galaxy Note 4 has been tested recently – and we’ve the specs and features of Samsung’s “next big thing.”
Here are the Galaxy Note 4 specs and features:
- Two models: Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon models: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805/Samsung Exynos 5433 octa-core
- Screen resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD)
- Cameras: 3.68MP front-facing, 16MP rear-facing
- Krait 450 CPU, Adreno 420 GPU (Qualcomm)/Cortex 1.9Ghz A57+1.3Ghz A53 CPU, ARM Mali T760 GPU (Samsung)
- Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM (both models)
- OS: Android 4.4.3 KitKat
- Model number: Qualcomm (SM-N910S), Samsung Exynos (SM-M910C)
We don’t see the screen size here, though recent rumors suggest that Samsung will stick with the same 5.7-inch screen we’ve seen in the Galaxy Note 3 from last year. It’s likely that the choice to remain with the 5.7-inch screen size has a lot to do with the Quad HD resolution Samsung will pack into the device. If there’s one thing Samsung’s good at, it’s displays – and the company doesn’t want to compromise on its strengths.
Galaxy Note 4 will come In two models: One Qualcomm, One Samsung
If you’ve kept afloat of Samsung over the last two years, this discovery is unsurprising. Samsung has always released two models, one with its own Exynos processor chip and the other with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s latest smartphone that arrived to the market just two months ago, has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor for international customers. The 801 is an update from the 800 that was released last year, but it was only manufactured to improve graphics performance. Samsung released a Download Booster feature with its Galaxy S5, but it isn’t as effective as it could be with the release of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 810 processor later this year.
In the other corner, Samsung will release its own Exynos 5433 octa-core processor, which will make a huge difference in your web browsing, music downloading, and all-around experience. According to the latest sources on the subject, Samsung’s octa-core processor is becoming more formidable with each passing year. Samsung was criticized for its early octa-core experiments that utilize four processors at once only, but the company has now made its octa-core processor powerful enough to utilize all 8 cores simultaneously. The octa-core processor is the most formidable multitasking processor we’ve, and Samsung’s serious about its phone being the best of 2014.
Whenever tech analysts discuss Samsung’s octa-core processor, a number of tech reviewers and media chime in to say that Samsung’s octa-core processor doesn’t run better than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. Actually, they may eat their words this time: According to a new report, Samsung’s Exynos processor scored 40,303 points on AnTuTu’s scoring system, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 only scores 37,780. The Snapdragon 805 isn’t available now, so the most power you’ll find in your high-end smartphone (if it’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor) is an AnTuTu score of 36,469. In other words, Samsung customers who get the Exynos Galaxy Note 4 will be, as usual, the envy of worldwide Galaxy Note 4 customers. We’ll be jealous, but we’ll try not to let it show.
Both Galaxy Note 4 models will come with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory storage
LG announced its G3 recently, and the phone came with 2GB RAM for the 16GB model and 3GB RAM for the 32GB model. We thought then that it’d be nice if a company could release the same amount of random access memory (RAM) for both 16GB and 32GB storage models. Thankfully, Samsung has done that with the Galaxy Note 4. You will get 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory storage, regardless of whether or not you get the Exynos processor or the Qualcomm processor. There are no 64GB models mentioned in AnTuTu testing, but you’ll likely not need the extra since you’ll also get a microSD card slot that’ll provide an additional 128GB of memory storage.
Just to put this into perspective, the Galaxy S5, Samsung’s best-performing smartphone at the moment, has only 2GB of RAM. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has 3GB RAM, and the Note 4 will’ve the same. Some may wonder why the company isn’t increasing its RAM to 4GB, but it’s likely the case that the 64-bit processor will make smartphones more like desktop computers – which’ll be the time when 4GB of RAM will be most effective in your smartphone experience. 3GB of RAM will suffice. Some consumers don’t consume all 3GB of RAM in their web browsing experience as it is. Plus, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 RAM will remain competitive with all other high-end 2014 Android smartphones.
Galaxy Note 4 to get Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution
Yes, the hype behind LG’s G3 is that it’s the first smartphone to be released in the US with a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440p) screen resolution. While this is true, Samsung’s never been far behind. LG may believe that its G3 can compete with the Galaxy S5, but the company’s new flagship will’ve to compete with the Galaxy Note 4 in September. Samsung’s new Note 4 flagship will’ve the same resolution, with other specs and features tempting consumers away from LG’s main selling point.
In recent testing, tech reviewers have found that LG’s Quad HD screen still gives a little more battery life than Samsung’s Galaxy S5 (credit LG’s battery optimization), but Samsung’s battery saving modes (Power Saving and Ultra Power Saving Mode) knock the battery claims out of the park; in other words, activate Power Saving Mode and see how much battery life you can get. You’ll find that the 10 minutes difference (The G3’s 8 hrs., 30 minutes vs. GS5’s 8 hours, 20 minutes battery life) is negligible and has practically no impact in the smartphone battery race. LG’s G3 may optimize battery life, but optimization is no match for the specified software experience that lets you choose how much battery your smartphone sips.
What LG’s G3 battery life/display gamble has shown us is that you can’t have a gorgeous screen resolution without a comparable battery. The Note 4 won’t have the G3’s battery problem: it’ll come with more than 3,200mAh, which means that getting 30-hours out of the Note 4 experience will be all too easy. We’ve no word on how big the Galaxy Note 4 battery will be, but Samsung tends to increase its battery sizes with each passing year. Battery life hasn’t yet reached its peak, so you can expect more juice with the Note 4 at this year’s announcement.
Galaxy Note 4 cameras
Two more specs worth mentioning are the cameras and the Android OS update that’ll come pre-installed. First, the cameras of both the Exynos and Qualcomm Galaxy Note 4 models will be a 3.68MP front-facing camera and a 16MP rear-facing camera. We’ve come to expect a basic 2.1MP front-facing camera, but Samsung’s shaking things up a bit – a rather expected move when HTC’s One M8 camera is a front-facing 5MP camera. Of course, the back 16MP camera will be the star of the show. Samsung’s ISOCELL camera technology in the Galaxy S5 placed the ISOCELL camera at the top of the smartphone camera list for its photo quality and even its videography.
A new rumor suggests, however, that the 16MP camera will remain gorgeous, but will be made by Xperia Z2 manufacturer Sony rather than Samsung. A number of reasons could be at play here, but we suggest you take the Sony manufacture rumor with a large bucket of salt. The only reason we could foresee Samsung passing the 16MP camera to Sony for manufacturing is if Samsung’s camera still needs more time in development. That could be true, but this rumor is strange, to say the least. Sony would likely be overjoyed at this: first, Apple’s camera sensor – now Samsung’s?
Android 4.4.3 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 4
According to AnTuTu’s benchmarks, the Galaxy Note 4 will utilize Android 4.4.3 KitKat, not the Android 4.4.4 KitKat that Google just released this past weekend to patch up an OpenSSL vulnerability. The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update is making its way (slowly) to Nexus devices, but American carriers have given away the Samsung surprise: the Galaxy S5 is soon to get Android 4.4.3 KitKat. We don’t know when, but the 4.4.3 update will be comfortably present on Android devices when Android 4.4.4 KitKat arrives (later this year) for most customers.
What we’re seeing with Samsung’s use of Android 4.4.3 KitKat, however, is that Google doesn’t intend to release Android 5.0 (whether it’s Key Lime Pie or Lemon Merengue Pie, or even Lollipop) until October at the earliest. We’ve heard rumors that Google wouldn’t release a new Android update at Google I/O 2014, and this, coupled with the HTC Nexus 9 announcement and its new 64-bit chip implementation that now exists within AOSP code, tells us that we shouldn’t expect Android 5.0 until October. Google released Android 4.4.2 KitKat for the Nexus 5 last October (after the introduction of the new KitKat bugdroid in September), and we don’t expect Google to operate any differently. Of course, Google could always decide to unveil Android Silver later this Fall – despite some rumors that the Nexus 6 is still on the way.
We could’ve covered all the new rumors – but isn’t it much more fun to see benchmarks with some level of dependability? Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 looks to be water and dust-resistant as well, and President J.K. Shin has said we can expect a new form factor. Could it be the case that we’re looking at a regular display model and a flexible display model? What do you think?