Note-4-400x242Samsung are getting ready to unveil the latest of their Note smartphones on 3rd September at Berlin's IFA - the Galaxy Note 4. The Note premium phablet-sized handsets have proved to be a big seller for Samsung so here's a look at how the new Galaxy Note 4 is expected to compare to last year's Note 3.


It's not just the new Galaxy Alpha that's likely to be sporting a metal frame as its anticipated that the Note 4 will be too. This is a change from the plastic design of the Note 3. There are also tweaks to the back cover of the Note 4 which is expected to be made from textured plastic rather than imitation leather. We could also see a retina scanner on the Note 4 as Samsung have been teasing that we could be about to see a unique smartphone security feature unveiled to the world. If the retina scanner doesn't materialise then we're surely going to see a fingerprint scanner such as the one featured on the Galaxy S5. There are also rumours that the Note 4 will come be water and dust resistant to IP67 standard.


It's thought that Samsung will be keeping the size of the Note 4's display the same as the Note 3 at 5.7-inches. However the sharpness and quality of the screen is likely to be improved on the Note 4. The Note 3 came with a 1080p display (1920 x 1080) whereas the Note 4 is rumoured to boast an impressive Super AMOLED QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. This will result in a whopping increase in the pixel density from 386 pixels per inch up to 515.

On the Inside

Both the processor and RAM will be upgraded on the Galaxy Note 4 to a new Snapdragon 805 CPU with 4GB of RAM. This compares to the Note 3 which came with a Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz processor and 3GB of RAM. There were 2 models of the Galaxy Note 3, one with 32GB of onboard storage and the other with 64GB, both of which were expandable with a microSD card. The Note 4 may offer three variations with an option of a lower built-in memory of 16GB as well as 32 and 64GB. Like the Note 3, the Note 4 smartphones will all have a microSD slot. On the battery front, we could see a much bigger battery in the Note 4 - a 4000mAh powerhouse instead of the 3200mAh found inside the Note 3.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 featured a 13-megapixel rear facing camera and a single LED flash. There's speculation that the camera on the Note 4 could be similar or the same as the one on the new Galaxy S5.  If so, we could see a 16-megapixel camera with a dual LED flash which should improve the quality and lighting of your photos.