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Samsung has successfully clamped down on leaks in the last few years. The flagship Galaxy S5 was successfully kept under wraps until the announcement, although that device wasn't much of a surprise as far as specs or design go. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to show its face at Unpacked in a few weeks, but what have we here? It looks like the Note 4 in a series of leaked pics.

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If these are legit—and they do look solid—the Note 4 will again have the hardware home button and more squared-off shape Samsung has been fond of lately. However, the frame of the device looks like it could be metal. The back seems to be textured plastic again. The pattern looks almost like a football (at least to me). There's also a picture of the box, which is consistent with the other pictures. The box also seems to have a brushed metal pattern, perhaps to reinforce that this phone actually has some metal in its frame instead of plastic.

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As for specs, the Note 4 is said to pack a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440) screen and a heart rate sensor just like the GS5. We'll find out whether or not these pictures are the real deal on September 3rd at IFA.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Fatty Bunter

    I don't understand. That doesn't look attractive to me. Almost every other flagship Android phone looks better in my opinion.

    • Randy Strye

      it definitely looks like they're targeting the businessman.. like lenovo computers, business-oriented technology isn't usually pretty.

    • C64

      I really like the design. It looks more like the S2 and i love that design

    • joser116

      Most leaks look really unattractive.

    • namesib

      I think it looks nice and professional, which is their intended audience. Providing the specs are outstanding like the Note 3, I will definitely be purchasing it.

      • smeddy

        Me too, money allowing

    • X-47B

      Samsung sold many millions of devices with far worse looks. This is a big step-up.

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Not sure what to think of this just yet. I was really hoping for a bigger screen in the same sized frame. Looks nice overall, but there is going to have to be some killer feature to make me wanna upgrade to it

    • C64

      I want the note 4 to be released very soon, so i can buy the note 3

      • J.J.

        mine will be on sale 1 week before launch of the note 4....$450 and its yours. boom!!!

        • C64

          No thanks. I don't buy second hand phones.

          And when the note 4 is out the price of the note 3 will drop fast

          • J.J.

            lol. i was just joking about a direct sale, but yes mine will be on the chopping block upon launch. i too only buy new phones, but there are extreme savings in used if they dont mind/and is a trusted seller.

  • G Mohal

    I am definitely buying this phone. looks beautiful.

    • Kostas

      can you please retire it in my pocket? Thanks

  • http://www.omglx.com/ Alex J. Sandoval

    /yawn. Really hoping that supposed Nexus 6 comes around soon. If I'm not going to be dazzled by product design, I'd rather get a phone straight from Google that I'm less tempted to scrub and shove CM on.

    • C64

      I buy a phone for it's hardware and custom rom scene. I like to flash :p

      • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

        Flash it like it's haaaaaaarrd(ware)...

      • Tomfoolery

        its*. seriously people, proper grammar is not that hard.

        /rant

        • C64

          I get really irritated by people who are bitching about grammar to other people. English is not everybody's native language.

          For example, i'm Dutch and i only had 3 years English at school and that's 25 years ago.

          The important thing is that people understand what someone is posting / saying. So stop bitching and get a live.

          • J.J.

            Amen!!! This is a tech website comment section. Not a English book report. Folks be needin to relax wit dat mess lol.

    • J.J.

      i would love that too but even though tw is slow/bloated, i do love some of the featues. plus im still afraid to root and rom. i guess im just a wuss!!!

  • Scott Niemczyk

    Lots of space on the front and back for Verizon logos.

    • Matthew

      haha

    • blahblahblah

      Yeah that's not played out or anything by now....

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      There's hardly any space on the front...

      • Brian Armstrong

        There is a button though..

    • Bob G

      Don't forget the button too!

    • ha

      US only.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    Good enough for me. I was planning on moving to the note4 to begin with. The screen looks practically edge to edge from the sides which is cool.

  • Corey Watford

    Still wish they ditch the home button (I think they keep it around though as a crutch for apple people moving over to samsung)

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      actually as much as I love android I love the home button. it actually gives more screen real estate to the phone.

      • Corey Watford

        Thats fine in all, but I gave up on my Note 3 after too many times the phone was turning on in my pocket

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          I hope that wasn't the only reason. Android is all about customizing. You can turn off the wake on the home button (I've done that with all my sammy devices)

          • Corey Watford

            Def wasnt the only reason, but I'll take "note" of that. One of the things I couldnt stand though was the bug with the screen would auto dim, after e.g. your 30sec screen time out, but after taping to have the screen not turn off, the brightness would lock in at that extremely low brightness until u locked and unlocked the device, and sadly this is a fairly common as xda shows, but either way i sold it and got a m8 which im much happier with

          • Lexster

            How do you disable the home key from turning on the screen?

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            easiest way is through Xposed. But there is a file you can edit to get the same effect. Off the top of my head I don't remember what. But I'm pretty sure it was a system file

          • Lexster

            Oh, so it requires root. Useless for me, then, since I don't root my phone.

        • zzz

          I used to have the same problem, therefore you should try a tempered glass screen protector. It protects the phone much better than the plastic ones and it's thick enough to make the home button concave inside. It's so good.

          • Corey Watford

            Never used a screen product, no any cases-sadly wont fix the issue

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            I've never gone without a screen protector before until my S5. I gotta say.....I really like it. I didn't realize how much a screen protector was taking away from my screen (I used matte protectors because of the feel). With the sharp, strong sammy screens available now I don't see a need to cover it up.

          • Michael

            The Otterbox defender would fix the issue

        • ZacharyTol

          Stop wearing skinny jeans.

          • Corey Watford

            lol never worn skinny jeans in my life, cargo's ftw-I dont wear cases etc because I buy a phone for its design as well, not to be covered by a thick otterbox, and esp since my 7+ phones over the year I have never dropped one ever, so why use a case.

      • smeddy

        I love everything about the Note 3, but yes that's a big deal for me too.

    • joser116

      They kept it cause of that fingerprint sensor.

      • Joseph Lampke

        But it would be even cooler if they had it just below the screen, not even ON a button!

        • joser116

          I guess so, but honestly, the black bar for the onscreen navigation buttons looks ugly. I know that OEMs can make it transparent, but they can't do so for all apps. Then again, I like that you can swipe up for Google Now with software buttons, which you can't do with physical buttons. I just wish that in Android L final release, they figure out how to make the navigation bar transparent by default and make it work.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Ditto that.

      The bezel-wasting physical home button is the primary reason I'm not interested in upgrading my Note3 to a 4, no matter any other spec bumps. My next phablet will probably either be the Nexus 'Shamu', or the LG G4, which'll both have much better
      Screen-to-Bezel ratios.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    Oh, wanted to point out that this must not be IP67 certified. It doesn't have the covers.

    • taz89

      Not true, samsung have made the s5 mini Ip67 certified even though it has no seals on the usb port. They have now made the usb port water resistant without a flap so it's still possible with the note 4.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        Awesome catch. Didn't know that. Honestly that's my biggest issue with the S5. especially when I don't have nails. it's nearly impossible for me to get that darn thing off. So I went with wireless charging LOL

        • taz89

          Yep my brother hates the flap on his s5, if it was me I probably would have ripped it off and gave up the ip68 lol I don't think I could live with a flap. Also won't be surprised if it comes off on its own due to to wear and tear of being opened everyday.

          • hkklife

            I had a Droid DNA briefly that I tore the cover off after about a month. My wife babies her DNA and her cover still got ripped off by accident after about 3 months.

        • EH101

          Dude seriously I hate using the port when I clip my nails. Luckily they grow back pretty quickly lol.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        I really hope that it will be waterproof, that's the most important feature for me that my Note 3 is missing.

      • J.J.

        also did not know that. that is great. i was worried about that too. thx

  • Matthew

    "5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440" how many PPI this is?

    • Mado

      515

    • Corey Watford

      515.3PPI

  • Matt

    Bezel? Never heard of it! ;)
    Seriously though, that screen real estate is incredible!

  • redmafia

    But don't you mean handegg?

  • Henrique Persechini

    In my perfect world all gadget makers learned a design lesson from motorola. Not that they are the only good looking ones, but samsungs are getting uglier and uglier

    • X-47B

      Millions of people disagree with your views. But that's alright.
      Very few though agree with Motorola.

      • SamLehman617

        People don't buy Samsung phones because they are beautiful. They are probably the worst in that regard. People buy them because they trust the brand, are influenced by marketing, and or like the features Samsung includes. I would never by a Samsung device for the look and feel.

        • smeddy

          I think they look svelte. HTC look nicer but there's always something missing on their phones

  • zizo79

    This thing looks sexy

  • Defenestratus

    The only good thing about this phone is that it looks almost exactly the same as the Note 3, which is great because then my wife will never know that I upgraded.

    (Actually I'm waiting on some shamu rumors)

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      "You don't need a new phone! Save for our kids' college! No Sex4U!"

      • J.J.

        they will pay for it just like i did.....im enrt to hawaii!!!

  • Michael

    I was hoping for a larger screen.

    • hkklife

      Same internal storage, same amount of RAM, better SoC but not a massive leap forward, same screen size. Other than software, camera improvements, and a hopefully battery capacity bump and the additional pixels, I am not seeing a ton of must-have features to make it worth jumping from my Note 3.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        If you have Note 1 or 2, upgrading to Note 4 makes sense. If you have Note 3 - not so much.

        • smeddy

          Yep, I love early adopting when money allows, but I'll be curious how this can majorly improve on the Note 3. Not Sammys fault, I just have no idea. I might keep this phone two or three years before something takes my fancy. If so, it would be a first.

      • Truth Squad

        I have Verizon so I have to pay full price for a phone. I am not going to put out $700 for a phone that is basically the same as the one I have now.

    • J.J.

      yes i could deal with 5.9. this still may be though. bezels look a bit smaller than the note 3

  • Golden Eagle

    doesn't seem like too drastic of a change from the Note 3 which I guess is good/bad. However the Note 3 wasn't too drastic from the Note 2 however which is beginning to look like Sammy is afraid to do anything too drastic so I wonder if users will go for some of the other phones now to own something a little different than others.

    • smeddy

      I'm realistically trying to think what they could do. Water resistance and battery improvements... but I run out after that.

  • Shark Bait

    mine looks better

    Specs include a 1,000,000 mAh battery and no faux leather/asphalt crap

    • Gagan Deep Singh

      Ummm how about a big no ?!

    • MSmith79

      I hate how the new Note with the 1,000,000 mAh battery still has a physical home button. Come on Samsung...Get rid of that thing!

    • Casin

      Yours still has a menu button. Samsung has at least moved on to the recent apps button. Ergo, yours is worse.

  • BigMixxx

    think I'll wait for the official announcement.
    OR see what HTC does (hopefully they don't make a BIGGER version of the one m8)

  • Asimoalex

    hey look it has metal sides like the alpha

  • Steve Salazar

    Where is the speaker grill?

    • Gagan Deep Singh

      Might have top side speakers or this has an unfinished back cover.

      • Steve Salazar

        Hoping for duel speakers, one can dream.

        • J.J.

          maybe some day.....sigh

        • Gagan Deep Singh

          Yeah mate. Stereo speakers would be a win win situation for samsung and me.

        • Gagan Deep Singh

          The speaker is on the metal frame in this device. No stereo speakers for now.

    • J.J.

      look real close. next to the s pen. drilled holes(nexus5/iphone style)

  • J.J.

    ill have this on launch day. my note 3 is soooo last fall!!!!!

  • Daniel Traynor

    That home button just ruins the whole look of this thing.
    It's not even a nice looking home button.

  • J.J.

    i dont know....the more i stare at it the more i feel its a really good mock up.

  • ash

    Seems premium like galaxy alpha or may be its a mock up

  • namesib

    Ooooooh finally a leak!

    Nice design... I am now 90% sure I'll get this. The specs need to be killer though.

  • hyperbolic

    Willing to consider this device IF it's Android Silver.

  • Captain Obvious

    The box says Sept 15th

  • Ron

    I wonder if these renderings are true. Looks good

  • Lexster

    Hmm, assuming that is the actual finished product, it looks like it is missing the covers that the S5 has, which is something I was hoping the new Note would get. Probably means it's not water resistant either. That sucks.

  • Ender

    I'm not really liking the design, at all. Whatever, I never buy Note devices anyway, not my style.

  • Jesus Martinez

    The home button on the box is very different from the ones on the actual phone. Also, guess we're only getting one LED cause I don't see two.

    • Vinícius Souza

      Is there any phone that has more than one LED?!

      • Jesus Martinez

        The G3 has two led for camera I believe.

  • Vinícius Souza

    Have used Note, Note II and Note 3. Time to say goodbye to TouchWiz garbage and say hello to Motorola Shamu! Who's with me?! _o/

    • Cody Shiranai

      Sure... unless you are on Verizon.

      • Vinícius Souza

        I'm from Brazil! Free to go on to my next device on October! ; )

        • Cody Shiranai

          Plus, Shamu is still a a project unknown until later. Some of us here in America, our option is G3, Note 4 or the hope of getting a Z Ultra 2.

          • Vinícius Souza

            Yeah, understood. If Shamu doesn't turn real, I prefer sticking to my Note 3 with CyanogenMod until a Nexus phablet borns.

  • HTC (non)sense

    Yea but touchjizz....

    • Vinícius Souza

      hahahahahaha

    • Smallville123

      You know you can put the google now launcher on any device with 4.1 and up right?

      • Vinícius Souza

        The problem is that TouchWiz is everywhere! Notification drawer, settings, pop ups, menus. Using a different launcher is not sufficient to get rid of that ugly Gingerbread visual style! By the way, running CM11 on my Note 3 now.

        • smeddy

          How are you do finding CM11? I'm on rooted stock and very happy, and have nothing I need improving. But I'm a former flashoholic and scared of breaking the seal

          • Vinícius Souza

            Pretty stable, except for some random freeze and reboot sometimes. Some people are more affected than others. I'm running CM11 Unofficial from Temasek. You can easily find it's thread over Questions and Answers forum for Note 3 on XDA.

  • srf_in_va

    If the overall size is very nearly the same as the Note 3, my wife will be picking this up at the nearest store on the first day of availability. (I'm stuck on contract til next June, dammit.) Big, beautiful screen, S-pen and note taking, and great specs will make this perfect for professional/business use, and that's her use case. BlackBerry loses another customer.

  • Trevor Colt

    Samsung is the king of making the ugliest phones possible

  • Giovonni Fareed

    BOY that's one ugly ass phone compared to the g3...love my note 3 but its time for a new design.

  • Justin

    I'll be getting the Note 4!

  • uopjo6

    Same'ol same'ol

  • Richard Yarrell

    It's pretty much plain and simple NOTHING beats SAMSUNG or the GALAXY NOTE products period. They are android nothing else matters.

  • HellG

    Guys...Where is the flash....

    • Kostas

      next to the camera

      • HellG

        Nope thats the Heart Rate sensor Light which is pretty dim, Part of the new Camera in the S5 is a new flash, This is just a camera with a heart rate sensor...Meaning its pretty fake to me...

  • black

    What's it gonna take for them to fire their design team?

  • oreally

    So Note 4 will be announced just days before iPhone 6? oh awesome!! :D

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