Samsung's next version of the Note phablet will be launched on 3 September, or at least that's the word from the grapevine.
This snippet comes from a source who spoke to Android Geeks (opens in new tab), and an apparently reliable one who correctly forecast the exact launch date of the Galaxy Note 3 (opens in new tab) last year, months ahead of the event.
The Note 3 (pictured) was launched on 4 September, and it would certainly make sense that Samsung would unveil its new phablet once again just before the IFA show (opens in new tab) – which kicks off on 5 September this year (but there are always pre-show events such as Samsung's Unpacked affairs).
Invitations will go out mid-August, the source said, but overall it's not a difficult script to read as this is exactly what happened last year.
Normally, the new Note would be sneaking out just before the iPhone, although this year, there are rumours that the iPhone will see an August release (opens in new tab) (or at least one version will – the standard 4.7in model, as opposed to the phablet-sized 5.5in effort Apple also has in the pipeline according to speculation). If these rumours are correct, the slightly delayed phablet iPhone will arrive a month later in September – so the Note 4 will still sneak out before it.
As for the Galaxy Note 4's specs, it's expected to carry the Snapdragon 805 processor (a step up from the Galaxy S5's (opens in new tab) Snapdragon 801) and 3GB of RAM (versus 2GB in the S5). The screen size is expected to stay at 5.7in (with the Note 3, it edged up to that from 5.5in); though Android Geeks reckons it'll move up to 5.9in, we're not so sure, and would side with the rumours indicating Samsung will hold, not raise. The resolution, though, is expected to be upped with a big jump to 2560 x 1440 (as with the incoming LG G3's display (opens in new tab) – that phone launches tomorrow, in fact, and we'll have live coverage of the event).