Aug, 11 2014

samsung galaxy note 4 2

With under a month to go until Samsung unleashes the goods we’re anticipating you can expect the leaks to begin ramping up. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has surprisingly kept a pretty low profile to this point, but we may have gotten our first leaked photo of the thing courtesy of a GSMArena leak.

We can’t gleam much about the device from the photo in terms of things we weren’t expecting. It has a camera, a physical home button (which could double as a fingerprint scanner) and probably has a fingerprint scanner beneath that LED flash next to the camera on the back. There’s also an S-Pen, and that freaking huge display that’s hard for anyone to miss.

One thing we do notice is that the device does not have a wrap-around display. Previous rumors have told us to expect a display that wraps around the edges to display limited amounts of information on the sides (such as fitness, time or weather info) or possibly provide extended controls for music playback and other functions. We’re not sure what material the backplate is made of, but it does appear to be another “premium” faux leather outing.

The bezels suggest the device will have a metal frame as rumors have suggested, so there should be no more complaints about cheap and flimsy plastic should that come to pass. It may not be the full metal unibody build we typically go nuts over, but it’s better than nothing. Of course, those who contend plastic is better are probably unhappy, but hey — you can’t please everyone.

To piggyback that news, Samsung has apparently filed a trademark for “Galaxy Note Edge,” which would hint that the wrap-around Note device could be an entirely separate device altogether. It’s a shame that they wouldn’t take the chance and put that into the base model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but what are you going to do?

We’re not sure if that dashes our hopes of seeing the device outside of Asia¬†as Samsung will likely look to sell the base Samsung Galaxy Note 4 model above anything else. I guess only time can answer those questions, and we’re hoping the first round of answers will arrive at some point before Samsung’s September 3rd event.