No sooner had Samsung taken its bow after the announcement of the Galaxy S5 smartphone did rumors surrounding the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 began to heat up. Samsung's phablet superstar isn't expected to debut until September, but half of its prospective specs are already floating around on the Internet.
Various reports indicate the Note 4 will feature either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor just like the Galaxy S5, or the soon-to-be-released Snapdragon 805, which is expected to be quite a bit fast and more powerful than the 801. Some far-fetched reports state the 64-bit 810 processor will appear on the Note 4, but since Qualcomm itself has stated time and time again the 810 won't be ready until 2015, its inclusion on the Note 4 is highly doubtful.
The Note 4 is also rumored to pack 4GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera, 128GB of storage, as well as a 3600 mAh or 3800 mAh battery. Many believe Samsung will make the Note 4 waterproof just like the Galaxy S5, too. The Galaxy Note 4 will most likely feature a 5.9-inch display, assuming Samsung sticks with its incremental 0.2-inch display size increase pattern. The jury is still out as to whether the Note 4 will come with a 1440p resolution or the same old 1080p resolution.
Although these very high-end specs may send some of the most tech-savvy readers into ecstasy, this newest report regarding the Note 4's design is definitely the most exciting and intriguing that has surfaced so far. It turns out that the Galaxy Note 4 may have the first-ever three-sided display.
The new report indicates Samsung is hard at work creating flexible, giant-sized Youm displays for the Note 4. The report comes from the Korean news media, which claims to have insider sources at Samsung. Theoretically, the extra sliver of display on the side could offer easy access to notifications and the most frequently used apps. No other company has ever tried to make a three-sided display for smartphones so far, so it's hard to imagine how the innovation would work. Still, Samsung has been toying with three-sided Youm displays for a while, so maybe they've finally found a good use for them.
Normally this report would be treated with much more skepticism, but ever since a Samsung executive told Reuters the Note 4 will have a totaly new form factor, everyone has been wondering exactly what that means. Could it mean the Note 4 will have a three-sided display? Maybe, maybe not. We won't know until September when Samsung is expected to announce its new phablet at IFA in Berlin.