Galaxy Note (family 001)

Apple’s arch-rival Samsung just made it known it’ll be holding a major media event on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The invites for the new ‘Unpacked’ event, something of an annual tradition for the South Korean conglomerate, have now gone out to select members of the press, hinting at a possible unveiling of the Note 4 phablet.

Although the Galaxy S5 smartphone is already there, the firm is rumored to be also unveiling a premium all-metal edition of the smartphone to help improve its market standing in the wake of the expected massive iPhone 6 launch, which is also expected to be unveiled at a media event some time in September…

According to the now defunct page over at the SamMobile blog [Google cache], Samsung has started sending out press invites for the ‘Unpacked’ event at the IFA next month in Berlin, Germany.

GSM Arena provided the following image of the event agenda. As you can see, Samsung is set to take the stage at 2pm to announce its fourth-generation Note phablet.

IFA Berlin 2014 (agenda 001)

Other possibilities include the Gear VR (Samsung’s Oculus Rift) and a new version of the existing Galaxy S5 handset, to be called the Galaxy Alpha. It’s said to feature all-metal enclosure and premium fit and finish.

The rumor-mill thinks the Note 4 will run a Samsung-made Exynos 5433 chip and a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM, a 5.7-inch QHD (2,560-by-1,440 pixel resolution screen, a 16-megapixel with a Sony IMX240 sensor with optical image stabilization.

Other rumored features include support for the fourth-generation long-term evolution (LTE) mobile wireless technologies, support for LTE-Advanced for users in Korea, an ultraviolet sensor, the firm’s trademarked S-Pen and of course at least Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The ultraviolet sensor will ostensibly measure UV radiation and offer index levels to users inside Samsung’s S Health app.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Chief Financial Officer Kwon Young-noh said publicly that the Note 4 will have “far better specifications than the Galaxy S5 smartphone.”

Samsung Galaxy Alpha (image 002)Samsung Galaxy Alpha (image 001)
Claimed Samsung Galaxy Alpha images, via Weibo.

Note that the (the iPhone 6 should sport Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmor IMX220 camera sensor, also with optical image stabilization).

Samsung Electro is an affiliate of Samsung and supplies camera modules to Samsung Electronics, which makes smartphones, mobile devices, digital cameras and other products.

Apple is widely expected to show its cards via two media events, one for the new iPhones in September and the other in October to announce new iPads, with a faint possibility of an iWatch announcement later in the year.

Here’s Samsung new ‘Judge’ ad for the Galaxy Tab S tablet.

The Korea Times recently said that Samsung is desperately rushing to bring the Galaxy Note 4 phablet to market before the iPhone 6 launches. The publication also confirmed the September 3 event via Samsung’s top-tier local parts suppliers.

“Samsung will hold an event to announce the Note 4 on Sept. 3, just few days before this year’s IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany ― Europe’s biggest technology exhibition,” an unnamed at Samsung’s top-tier display supplier told the publication.

Last week, Samsung reported its third straight quarter of operating-profit declines. Operating profits declined 25 percent annually. Samsung’s worldwide share of smartphones slipped to 25 percent from 32 percent a year earlier amid an avalanche of cheap Chinese products on the low-end and constant pressure from Apple’s premium mobile devices on the high-end.

As the last tidbit, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has now passed Samsung in China market share, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Image top of post: the original Note (left), Note II (middle) and Note 3 (right).

  • Jason Baroni

    Let’s watch how they will try to beat the iPhone 6 and the iWatch.

    • A better camera, a screen with a stupidly high saturation levels to make colours pop (with the side-effect of looking fake / unrealistic), unnecessary and over-the-top specs, a bunch of bloatware installed over the top of Android.

      TLDR; They’ll do the same stuff they always do…

      • Jason Baroni

        And still behind. Life is like this

      • RarestName

        unnecessary and over-the-top specs

        That’s a bad thing to you? Really?

      • Correct. Think how much cheaper the device could be if it didn’t have unnecessary and over-the-top specifications. Then again since it’s running Android perhaps the specs given to top Android phones are necessary in order to run Android and all of the bloatware on top of Android. I mean I’m all for specs but it’s stupid including big specs for the sake of big specs even more so when you consider the fact that quite often Apples dual core iPhones continually trump these Android devices…

      • RarestName

        I’m pretty sure that AOSP will fly through with these specs.

      • Goldswimmer

        Yet an android phone with similar performing specs, same or more storage, memory expansion and a better screen costs less. I dont see your point considering that for the price apples specs are unimpressive.

  • Parth Patel

    Photocopiers are started again.

    • Jason Baroni

      This was the best Apple’s poke ever.

    • Tamahome5555

      It just keeps on growing in size too

  • Dimitrios Pandioras

    Been over the galaxy series for a while. Nexus series is far better. Yes, I like Android also, but iOS is still my daily driver.

    • Technocrz!

      Cant leave Apple Ecosystem, but stock Android specially L is very tempting.

      • Dimitrios Pandioras

        I’m contemplating getting a rMBP, but since I have a Nexus 5, I might stay with windows. I love both OS’s. First world problems! Lol Android L will be a needed update and will help android grow.

      • Rowan09

        If you get a MacBook Pro you don’t need to leave the Windows OS, you can install Windows on a Mac and have the best of all three worlds.

      • Dimitrios Pandioras

        I completely forgot about that. I’m slightly embarrassed now lol

      • Don’t let the metallic frame and smaller screen fool you, it will still have android on it.

      • Yujin

        You mean the metallic looking plastic, and finger print sensor that fails to read your finger most of the time and is slower than typing an actual password?

      • Yes and lets not forget on the water-resistant models your charging port cover will most likely fail and or fall off from simply using it.

  • Dan

    Can’t say I’m a fan of Samsung phones/tablets, but I do like the Note series. I had the Note 2 for a year and had no complaints performance wise, the battery was awesome and I miss the longevity now that I have an iPhone. I’m sure the Note 4 will be a solid product.

  • TeChNoStyLeZ

    the picture at the top of the post is the first generation note and note the note 3 as the bottom of the article says

    • Dan

      shhh, this post is meant to start a flame war, not to actually inform people

    • Thanks, fixed the graphics

  • Samsung is really desperate.

  • Rowan09

    I think Samsung should have adopted the “S” for their minor upgrades like Apple. Anytime someone purchases a S4-S5 they are expecting something drastically different. I’m interested to see what they do with the Note 4. Why would they release a Alpha version of the S5? I believe they should focus on the Note 4 at the event.

  • Gosh another Galaxy device, wasn’t there a new one Last week? They churn these out faster than most can decide which model they get. I guess thats why they make them all look alike and have just about the same features so the choice isn’t so hard.

    • Rowan09

      They make a lot of galaxy devices, but the Note 3 came out last year around the same time as the 5s.

      • The Note 3 Neo which is a smaller cheaper of the note 3 was released a few months ago. I have a feeling a Note 3/4 Active will also come out. Heck Maybe even a Note 3/4 Mini.

      • Rowan09

        Oh wow I didn’t know that.

      • And knowing is half the battle.

  • yep

    Awesome! Can’t wait. I’ve been enjoying my Note 3 ever since leaving my iPhone in the dust, where it belongs. I love apple computers, but they are years behind on the phones and tablets now.

    • Rowan09

      Years behind really? All Android does better is notification in my opinion.

      • yep

        Iphone is finally getting bigger screens, 3 years later. Still no widgets after 6 years. Oh yeah, widgets in the notification center oh cool. Microsd card slot, quad and octocore processors, large amounts of ram. Software is open, not closed to only what apple wants you to do with it.

      • Rowan09

        A bigger screen came with the 5 while it may not be 5″ the screen did get bigger. Samsung wasn’t the first either while they did make it popular bigger screens phones existed since Windows mobile and later the Dell Streak and then the HD2. I really don’t care about widgets on the home screen with spotlight and now control center, but that’s a preference. Google themselves are not fans of micro sd cards which still doesn’t allow games unless rooted only media. Everyone is focusing on the cloud so micro sd is less of a selling point than it was 4 years ago, but that’s preference as well. In regards to being more open that’s being less and less each year, Apple is actually opening up more while Google is locking down the ecosystem more. YouTube, maps, gmail, Google plus, Google keyboard, hangouts, etc are all closed source apps. Apple opened up keyboards, Touch ID, notification center and that’s all I can remember right now. Android is less and less open source and more closed source into Google’s ecosystem, that’s the reason Amazon, etc make forked versions to get away from Google and Google hates it.

  • Yujin

    And a week later their entire event will be forgotten.

  • felixtaf

    After using Note 2 & 3, I must say I am a fan of their Note series. Sold my Note 3 now and will switch back to it, if iPhone 6 (5.5) isnt coming!

    My option – iPhone 6 (4.7) + Note 3 or iPhone 6 (5.5) alone.

    • Dan

      I agree. I went from Note 2 to 5S and the small screen kills me. All in all I prefer iPhone/iOS, but I don’t think I will stay with Apple if the screen doesn’t get any bigger. 4.7 to 5 would be perfect.

      • felixtaf

        4.7″ iPhone is amost sure to come. So, you are safe with iOS 😉

        Need a battery life like Note or Droid Razr series. But am worried about Apple’s stupidity in making devices thin and thus less battery capacity!

      • Dan

        yeah I hear ya about the battery, it’s usually not a problem for me since I mostly use my phone at the office or in the car, never too far from a usb port. It’s a real pain when I go on vacation or on trips in the country though, thinking about buying a ‘juice pack’ pretty soon. Taking pictures and videos drains it fast, makes me think of the wall hugger commercial =D

      • felixtaf

        Same here, except for the fact that I already bought a 12000mAh Powerbank from Anker months ago 😉

        I hate those ugly bulky expensive battery cases. IMO they ruin the beauty of the device at 100$ price!