We are eagerly awaiting the announcement of Samsung’s phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, on the first week of September. While the overall design of the device still remains a mystery (though it isn’t hard to imaging that the recently unveiled Galaxy Design that we saw in the Alpha will make the cut), we can be pretty sure about the overall technical specifications of the device thanks to benchmarking app Antutu.
Apparently someone must have flouted some internal rules and taken the yet to be unveiled device for a spin on synthetic benchmark tests. As usual, someone took note and as a result we have a clearer picture about what to expect of Samsung’s upcoming phablet. While we’ll have to wait for more leaks, the device showing up at various regulator sites (TENAA, FCC et al) and just about anything, previous benchmark appearances have taught us to know better. Besides, the screenshot from Mobifo tallies with everything we’ve been hearing about the device so far.
This means that we’ll still not see the 4 GB RAM show up on a mobile device at least as far as the above screengrab is concerned. won’t rule out that possibility entirely though. Samsung’s new Exynos 5433 is all but confirmed so far. We’ve heard of Qualcomm already testing the Snapdragon 810 SoC so will we see the Note 4 (model number SM-N910) debut in some markets with that or the Snapdragon 805? The S805 seems more likely and it is what we expect but who knows? There could be surprises though unlikely. The presence of 9 GB internal storage in the screen grab above means that the device has just 16 GB internal storage with the system software occupying the remainder as is the case with current 16 GB Samsung devices like the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4 and the S5. If this is really the case then it will be a step backwards since last year Samsung offered the Note 3 with 32 GB as the base internal memory. Nothing tells us there won’t be a 32 GB version though.An earlier leak from an Indonesian retailer showed us that there’ll be 32 and 64 GB versions of the device. We can’t guarantee the presence of an sd card slot if Samsung is going to stick with the Galaxy Design and leave out memory expandibility as it did with the Alpha though that’s highly unlikely. Support for 128 GB sd card is expected.
Here’s a quick run down of the specs:
- Display: 5.7 inch 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD) Super AMOLED
- Processor: Exynos 5433 Octa backed by a Mali T760 GPU/ Snapdargon 805 in other variant
- Memory: 3 or 4 GB RAM/ 16 GB (expandable to 128 GB
- Camera: 16 MP (with OIS)
- OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
The Note 4 is expected to arrive in two mainstream variants: a model S (N910S) and a model C (N910C). The N910C will be the Exynos 5433 version while the N910S will be the Snapdargon 805 (?) variant.
While at this point we may strongly believe in some of the content coming off the rumour mill, that pinch of salt you usually take when reading any rumours shouldn’t be forgotten.