samsung galaxy note 4 first impressions (8 of 20)

The first half of 2015 has seen quite a few exciting developments so far, including Samsung’s transformation to more premium designs with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, LG’s push towards leather with the LG G4, and all OEMs doing their best to take camera experience to the next level. Of course, the mobile world doesn’t stand still and neither does the rumor mill. Thanks to a set of new reports from SamMobile, we now have some early details on what Samsung may be planning for IFA and the second half of 2015.

According to the publication, Samsung will be debuting at least three products: the round Gear A smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and the second-gen Note Edge.

Starting with the Gear A, we already knew Samsung was working on a circular watch rumored to be called the Gear A, and more recently they even released details about the Korean giant’s circular watch SDK. SamMobile’s sources claim that the Gear A won’t actually be coming to market until later this year, alongside the next-gen Note family. This gives Samsung plenty of time to get things right, while also seeing how the public receives the Apple Watch and the next-generation of Android Wear devices.

Turning to the Galaxy Note 5 and 2nd-gen Note Edge, rumors claim that the two devices won’t be exactly alike this time around. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will reportedly offer up either a 2K or 4K Super AMOLED display (both resolutions are supposedly in testing), alongside an Exynos 7422 processor and an in-house modem. Interestingly enough, the Note 5 will reportedly offer an all-in-one ePop solution, meaning it will combine the CPU, GPU, storage, modem, and RAM all onto a single chip.

As for the Note Edge, Samsung is reportedly aiming for a slightly lower market segment with the so-called “Project Zen” (code-name). This phone will reportedly offer a Snapdragon 808, a smaller 5.4 or 5.5-inch Super AMOLED dual curve display, an S-Pen, 16GB storage, 16MP shooter with OIS, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

There’s currently no word on whether the Note 5 or Note Edge (2nd gen) will follow the Galaxy S6’s example and drop the removable back, battery, and expandable microSD slot. It’s also hard to say how legitimate this report is, so we’d certainly take it all with a grain of salt. What do you think of the alleged specs? What would you like to see out of the Note 5 and Note Edge (2nd gen), when it comes to features, hardware, software, and design? Let us know in the comments.

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