The Note 3 came out last year and the Galaxy S5 has already broken cover, so it seems safe to assume that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will arrive before too long.
So far news and rumors about the device are pretty slim on the ground. We expect they'll pick up steam once the dust has settled on the Galaxy S5, but we have heard a few things, from the possibility of a 64-bit processor, to a curved screen and more.
Cut to the chase What is it? Samsung's fourth gen phablet When's it out? Probably September What will it cost? A lot, even more than the pricey Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date and price
So when will the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 be released? Apparently Samsung mobile chief Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg that it would be launched in the second half of 2014, while the Korea Times claims it has been told the Note 4 will arrive at the IFA show in Berlin. Android Geek's sources get even more specific, claiming it will arrive on September 3.
The previous three Galaxy Note smartphones were announced in the first week of September at the IFA show in Berlin, so there's a fair chance we'll see the new one then too. In fact with no conflicting rumors we'd say that IFA will almost certainly be used as a platform to launch the Galaxy Note 4.
There's been absolutely nothing about the price yet, but this is a premium phone so expect it to be at least £550 / $800. Better start saving.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen
First up, screen size. The original Note rocked 5.3 inches, the Note 2 showed up with a 5.5-inch display and the Note 3 pushed things to 5.7 inches.
As for the resolution, a user agent profile on Samsung's own website suggests that the Galaxy Note 4 will have a 2560 x 1440 QHD screen, which would make sense as now that the LG G3 has just such a display it's likely that all sorts of phones will follow suit and the Galaxy Note 4 is likely to be one of the few handsets with a screen big enough to benefit from it.
Samsung's done well with Super AMOLED, but there's a suggestion that it might ditch the technology for the Galaxy Note 4 and use PLS LCD instead.
A report by ET News claims that Samsung is "considering" using the technology in future as it could apparently cut costs by as much as 20% by doing so. But Samsung is apparently only considering it in any case, so there's hope for Super AMOLED yet.
In fact AMOLED is looking ever more likely, as SamMobile has 'confirmed' that the phablet will have an AMOLED screen.
A more positive potential change is that the Galaxy Note 4 might have a curved screen, but not in the way we've seen on the Galaxy Round. Instead the bulk of the display would be flat but it would curve off at the edges so that there'd be no visible bezel.
This particular rumor stems from a patent filed by Samsung late last year, which shows a very Note-like device as the subject.
Surprisingly that rumor is gaining some steam, as ZDNet Korea is reporting that the Galaxy Note 4 might have a flexible display and that "industry insiders" claim it will have a three-sided screen, presumably allowing you to read notifications and the like from side on.
A new Samsung patent also shows a device with a curved, multi-sided screen and interestingly it looks as if certain apps or on-screen buttons, such as camera, email, settings and the back button will be lined up down one of the sides, giving you easy access to them without taking up valuable screen real estate on the front of the phone.
If this pans out then it will be a big change for Samsung's phablet flagship, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Recently a Samsung executive confirmed that the company is thinking about a flexible display. So in other words nothing is set in stone one way or another, but there is at least a chance that we'll get a curvy screen.
We've also heard reports from South Korea claiming that Samsung is working on a phone with a flexible, three-sided display for launch later this year, possibly as soon as September.
It's not stated whether it's the Galaxy Note 4, but given all the curved screen rumors surrounding it already and the fact that it's likely to launch in September it's looking increasingly likely that at least one version of Samsung's phablet will sport a curved, flexible screen.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 power
So far Apple is the only mobile phone maker that's using 64-bit chips, but Samsung is set on joining the party. Kyushik Hong, vp of marketing for Samsung's LSI business told CNET that Samsung is "very actively working" on 64-bit right now.
So, while we didn't see one in the Galaxy S5 there's a chance that 64-bit chips might make their Android debut in the Galaxy Note 4.
Indeed SamMobile reports that the European version of the Note 4 will feature Samsung's new Exynos 5433 chip, while the North American, Korean, Chinese and Japanese market will get a Snapdragon 805 processor.
The Note series is usually where we see a bump up in RAM from Samsung, and with the Note 3 packing 3GB we could well see the Galaxy Note 4 rock up with a tasty 4GB under the hood.
Both the Note 3 and Galaxy S5 sport the Adreno 330 GPU, which leaves the door wide open for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to enter the fray with a beefed up graphical processor - could this be the best gaming mobile to date?
If you believe some Antutu benchmark results the Galaxy Note 4 may well rock up in two variants, one sporting a quad-core Snapdragon 805 version an Adrendo 420 GPU, and another with an octo-core Exynos 5433 (the newest version of the SoC) processor, ARM Mali-T760 GPU combo.
Both are said to have 3GB of RAM backing them up and 32GB of internal storage stuffed inside giving you plenty power and space to play with.
Both phablets have appeared again in a set of AnTuTu benchmarks and the Exynos powered version seems far more powerful than its Snapdragon 805 powered sibling. Other information highlighted by the benchmarks include the fact that the Exynos model has a 2560 x 1440 QHD display, while the Snapdragon handset is stuck at 1080p.
The Exynos 5433 version of the Note 4 is also 64-bit, yet AnTuTu wasn't able to test it in a 64-bit environment, so it's possible that it's even more powerful than the results suggest.
The Galaxy Note 4 might be in for quite the camera upgrade, as a report from ET News claims that Samsung is developing a 20MP sensor, due for release in the second half of the year.
With the Galaxy Note 4 also due to be released later in the year it seems a prime candidate to benefit from the lens.
The Galaxy Note 3 only has a 13MP camera and even the Samsung Galaxy S5 has just a 16MP sensor, so the Note 4 could be Samsung's best camera phone yet.
Though more recent rumors from SamMobile and an Antutu benchmark point to a 16MP snapper, albeit a new Sony IMX240 one. That will apparently be coupled with either a 2MP or 3.6MP front facing camera.
More recently still we've heard claims that the Note 4 will actually have just a 12MP sensor, but that it will pack optical image stabilisation. Sources say that a 20MP snapper was originally planned, but the decision was made to drop it to 12MP in order to keep the phone thin while still including OIS.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will almost certainly run the latest version of Android, which is likely to still be Android KitKat.
Presumably it will also be overlaid with some version of Samsung's TouchWiz interface, likely to be very similar in form to the new version which adorns the Galaxy S5.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 chassis
Samsung is still banging the plastic form factor drum with its latest flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5, arriving clad in the not-so-premium material.
With this is mind we're not holding out too much hope for an all-metal body on the Galaxy Note 4, although Samsung has reportedly promised a "new form factor" for its next phablet offering.
Having said that recent reports point to there being two versions of the handset, one made of plastic and the other packing a metal chassis, so maybe it will get a premium refresh after all.
We'd put money on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 being dust and water proof (or at least resistant). It's a key feature of the Galaxy S5 so it's unlikely that Samsung would remove it for the Note 4.
Besides which Samsung has reportedly ordered a large batch of High performance In-Mold antennas, which are easy to waterproof. They didn't arrive in time to be used in the Galaxy S5 but Samsung must be planning on using them in something, so the Galaxy Note 4 seems likely.
Wireless charging is starting to pick up steam but it's yet to hit the big leagues. That could all change with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 as ET News reports that Samsung is working on an improved resonance charging solution.
Magnetic resonance charging is a kind where the device doesn't even need to be in contact with the charger, so it could have some extremely versatile applications.
There's no confirmation that Samsung's take on the technology will make it into the Galaxy Note 4 but according to the report it might be ready to go by the middle of the year, which would make the Galaxy Note 4 a good test bed for it.
S Pen improvements
It's the S Pen which makes the Galaxy Note series stand out from the rest of the supersized smartphone crowd and with every iteration we see Samsung upgrade its capabilities in some way.
The inclusion of a stylus with a fully touchscreen smartphone is still a little hit and miss, but we're coming to accept the S Pen and the additional features it provides.
The S Pen's handwriting feature could be getting a whole lot more useful, as a patent shows it being used to launch applications.
The image filed with the application shows it being used to 'call mom' by, well, writing 'call mom' on the lock screen, but it's easy to see how it could be used to open apps, send text messages and more.
Word from Holland is that Samsung is working on ultrasound S Pen technology after a patent was spotted. This tech would make the stylus more accurate, cheaper to produce and allow for advanced 3D input.
It also means the device it's being used on wouldn't require a digitizer in the screen, potentially making the Galaxy Note 4 slimmer if the new stylus was to appear.
Fingerprint scanners in our smartphones are the biometric test of choice for manufacturers at the moment with Apple, HTC and Samsung all getting in on the action - but the Galaxy Note 4 may well take things to the next level.
A teasing tweet from via Samsung's Exynos chipset account has hinted that the Korean firm may be getting into the eye scanning tech in the near future - and the Note 4 would be a likely candidate.
The tweet read " Security can be improved using features unique to us. That's what we envision. What would you use?" and was accompanied by a cheeky image which appears to depict retina scanner tech.
Samsung might be going a bit overboard with scanners and sensors if rumors of a built in UV sensor pan out. According to Sammobile users will be able to control the sensor from within the S Health app and by holding their phone to the sun at a 60 degree angle they'll be able to get a reading.
A 0-2 reading means there's minimal risk of skin damage, 3-5 means moderate risk, 5-7 is high risk, 8-10 is very high and 11+ equals an extreme risk.
As well as being able to monitor UV the Galaxy Note 4 will apparently also include a number of true or false statements about sun protection. These will presumably be included in the S Health app.
What we'd like to see
As rumors are pretty thin on the ground at the moment here are a few things that we'd like to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
1. A premium build
Samsung has stubbornly refused to move away from plastic handsets and the faux-leather of the Galaxy Note 3 just doesn't cut it.
The perforated skin of the Galaxy S5 is a little better but we want to see a truly premium design from Samsung. Something which would make even HTC and Apple look twice.
2. Less bloatware
Sometimes less is more and that's a lesson which Samsung could do with learning. A cleaner, stripped back interface with less half baked features and more focus on the important things would suit us fine.
Or the option to just hide/delete any of theunnecessary apps like you can in HTC's Sense overlay - it's not much to ask.
3. A better battery
Samsung is leading the way with battery technology and the Galaxy S5 in particular looks like it should have a lot of staying power, but there's still room for improvement.
It might not be realistic to expect all week battery life from the Galaxy Note 4 but we want it to at least be able to last several days of moderate use between charges.
4. A QHD display
We're seeing smartphones boasting 1440 x 2560 resolutions over in China, but on screens ranging from 4 to 5 inches the improvements aren't exactly easy to see.
The big winner when it comes to Quad HD (also dubbed 2K) displays are phablets as their increased screen size makes the result appear a lot more impressive - and let's face it, we'd all much rather watch a movie on a Note rather than an iPhone.