When the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released in September of last year, it impressed consumers quite a bit. There is an ongoing strong market for tablet/cell phone hybrids, affectionately dubbed “phablets” by consumers and reviewers. The Galaxy Note 3 is a crossbreed featuring the best of both worlds; the relatively small size of a smart phone with the screen of the Galaxy Note 3 being just under six inches wide, combined with many of the improved capabilities of a tablet such as improved internet browsing and word processing capabilities, and the ability to incorporate a stylus. The hybrid style of the phablet makes the new Galaxy Note 3 more powerful than a smart phone and more portable than a tablet. Phablets have only come into the limelight in the past few years, but their sudden rise in popularity was cemented with the release of the Galaxy Note 3. In fact, the Note 3 has been so well-received in the three months it has been on the market that there are rumors Apple is trying to compete by developing an iPhone with limited tablet functionality.
Rumors of the planned Samsung Galaxy Note 4 were recently confirmed by Samsung, and the majority of consumers and experts suspect that the Note 4 will be released sometime this fall. Little information is known for certain, however, and so there is a lot of speculation as people wonder how it will be different, and hopefully better, than the Note 3. Speculation may be more likely to be accurate than not, however. Unlike Apple, which is currently the only other profitable cell phone company in the world, Samsung gets “most of [its] ideas from the market” according to one of its executive vice presidents.
What does this mean for the Note 4? Well, if Samsung bases its development on what consumers want, then it is likely to fix anything about the Note 3 that consumers were dissatisfied with and also try to improve accessibility and add features that provide for an easier use experience. Also, the Galaxy S5 has been announced for next month, so the Note 4 might try to improve upon both the Note 3 and the S5 technologies.
There are a number of likely speculations regarding the Note 4 on the technology blogs, starting with the physical appearance. The Note 3 had a 5.7 inch screen, which makes for easy viewing but isn’t that convenient for carrying the phablet around in one’s pocket. Galaxy S5 is due to reduce the screen size to 5.25 inches while increasing resolution as a way to make it easier to transport without decreasing display quality. The Note 4 will most likely have a display smaller than 5.7 inches, and possibly below 5.25, with better resolution than either the Note 3 or the S5. In addition, there is some suggestion that the Note 4 might have an unusually shaped screen, such as a curve or arch, to enhance the viewer’s visual experience.
The S5 seeks to improve upon another feature of the Note 3, which is the chassis of the phone. The Note 3 had a plastic chassis, which was poorly received by consumers and reviewers alike, and it has been announced that the S5 will have a new metal chassis. The Note 4 will most likely not be plastic, but there is no way to be certain whether it will be metal like the S5 or something entirely different.
The Galaxy Note 3 has stylus capabilities, and the Galaxy S5 most likely will as well. This suggests that the Note 4 should continue the trend, and the touch screen will probably have enhanced sensitivity to make it more user-friendly. There may also be a concurrent improvement to the stylus, narrowing the tip and increasing sensitivity to allow for more precise handwriting compared to the Note 3.
Samsung has shown that as a company it is very receptive to the market’s views, and as such no matter what changes they decide to make to the Note 4, one thing is certain: it will take the consumers’ opinions into account. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4—part phone, part tablet, all consumer-friendly.