Samsung’s newest Galaxy Note will drop on September 3, but the rumour mill has been chugging away, drip-feeding us possible Note 4 specs over the past few months. As the unveiling approaches, the leaks increase in volume and are typically more reliable. This week’s Note 4 rumour comes from SamMobile, which claims to have received a ton of exclusive information about the phablet.
While previous rumours had suggested the camera on the Note 4 would be the same 16MP sensor present on the Galaxy S5, it seems that’s only partly true. The sensor will have the same 16MP resolution, but it will be the Sony IMX240 that we saw in the Korean LTE-A version of the Galaxy S5 as opposed to Samsung’s own 16MP solution that was present in the North American Galaxy S5. The front facing camera is also getting an upgrade. Rumour has it the 2MP sensor we saw in the Note 3 is being replaced with a 3.7MP sensor capable of shooting in WQHD (2560×1440).
Samsung plans to match the camera UI on the Note 4 to that of the Galaxy S5, so things will look pretty familiar, but there will be a few new camera modes. SamMobile’s sources say these will include no fewer than three dedicated selfie modes. There’s Wide Selfie shots for groups, Selfie Alarm with auto face detection and focus, and a regular selfie mode that snaps a photo when it detects a smile or a wink. Side Touch, a feature rumoured for the Galaxy S5 is also going to make a come back and is now being pegged for the Note 4. It replaces the idea of a physical shutter button on the side of the device with a sensor that users just have to tap to snap a photo.
Samsung’s IFA event is scheduled for September 3 at around 9 AM ET (or 3 PM in Berlin). The company is also hosting simultaneous events in Berlin and Beijing.