Galaxy Note 4 Reportedly Photographed, Reveals 5.7″ QHD Display and Chamfered Edges

We could have our first look at the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung thanks to a leak out of GSM Arena. The timing makes sense, as the device is scheduled to be announced only a few weeks from now on September 3 in Berlin, Germany during Samsung’s IFA event. Until now, we have only had a handful of hardware specifications, but now, we might have the whole picture.

From what we can see in the photos, the device looks rather large, said to sport a 5.7″ display. While that is the same display size as last year’s Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4 is reported (backed up by this leak) to feature a QHD display (2560 x 1440).  (more…)

Report: Snapdragon 805 Processor to Power Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4, confirmed to be introduced on September 3 in Berlin during IFA 2014, is reported to be powered by one of Qualcomm’s heavy duty mobile processors, the Snapdragon 805. This should make a few of you happy, as many people (DL staff included), had initially hoped that LG would feature the Snapdragon 805 in this year’s G3 flagship, but instead got the Snapdragon 801.

While the Snapdragon 801 is no slouch, the Snapdragon 805 showcases the new Adreno 420 GPU and up to a 2.7GHz clock speed. If swiping through home screens and multitasking concerns you, then have no fear with the 805.  (more…)

Qualcomm Issues Statement on Dan Rosenberg’s TrustZone Vulernability

Yesterday, we reported on a security vulnerability that Dan Rosenberg had discovered, which affected “almost all” devices running Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. The vulnerability was discovered in ARM’s TrustZone, a system-wide security technology that Qualcomm uses in its mobile processors. If skilled enough, someone could use the vulnerability to “compromise DRM schemes, leak sensitive key materials, defeat operating system protection mechanisms, and in some cases manipulate software-programmable fuse to defeat secure boot.” As we mentioned yesterday, that could include unlocking the bootloader of a phone.

At the time of Dan’s findings, all devices running Qualcomm chipsets were vulnerable, but the company has since been made aware and has already taken steps to have it patched. Dan even noted that the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) had already been patched.  (more…)

Samsung SM-G850F “Galaxy Alpha” Strolls Through FCC

More light is being shed this morning, as a device with model number SM-G850F, aka the Galaxy Alpha from Samsung, has gone through the FCC. The Galaxy Alpha is nothing new, though, as we have seen plenty of leaks regarding this phone for the past month.

While a device going through the FCC is always a little helpful to get a sense of what to expect when it hits the market, the filings never list out full specifications or dimensions. But when it comes to early phone info, you don’t get to be picky.  (more…)

Samsung Hosting Unpacked Event on September 3 to Announce New Galaxy Note

September 3 is your day, Galaxy Note cult. Samsung just announced that they will hold an Unpacked event during the first week of next month, telling us to “Note the date!” in the process. Yes, the Galaxy Note 4 is coming.

Samsung will host simultaneous press events in Berlin, Beijing, and New York, but also stream the festivities through their YouTube channel so that all can see. The event kicks off in NYC at 9AM Eastern, 6AM Pacific.

You ready?

Samsung’s Electric Blue Galaxy S5 Launches Exclusively at Best Buy on August 17

Want to help boost Samsung’s disappointing bottom line and/or don’t have your heart set on the manufacturer’s rumored Galaxy Alpha? The new Electric Blue Galaxy S5 might just suit you.

The color, which has been available on Rogers for months, will land stateside exclusively in Best Buy stores starting August 17. My Best Buy members can pick up the handset early, August 15 in stores and online. The Electric Blue Galaxy S5 will launch at a discounted price of $99 for all through August 23 for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint customers with a two-year contract.  (more…)

Images of Samsung Galaxy Alpha Leak Again

It was only yesterday when we got our first good look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Alpha in White, and already, we now have it in Black. As we can see in all of these photos, including the ones from yesterday, this phone will feature a somewhat oddly outlined body, with unconventional curves around its frame. It’s certainly different, but could end up being somewhat ergonomic for users.  (more…)