Alleged Galaxy Note 4 front panel delivers more questions than answers

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This morning brought news of some possible pictures of Samsung’s next phablet, the Galaxy Note 4. Or, that’s what we were supposed to be looking at, at least, though we had more than a few concerns about whether or not those were the real deal. In a case like that, where we find ourselves burdened with doubt, a second source is always nice to turn to, either for corroboration or to help refute the news. A second source is what we find ourselves dealing with now, and while this adds some interesting new information to the puzzle, we’re still not quite to the point of getting clear answers.

We seem to be looking at a complete front panel here, both screen and digitizer, and between the circuit labeling and button layout, we’re pretty convinced we’re looking at a component for a Samsung phone. But is this the Note 4?

Whether it’s a problem or a solution depends on how you look at it, but this panel doesn’t seem to match what we saw this morning (below). The corners, the bezels, the button shape, the position of the front-facer – none of these little details match. A hardware variant? Maybe, but that feels like grasping at straws. If we were betting men, we might double-down on that earlier assertion that those initial “pics” were little more than fan renders, and that this panel here is much closer to being the real McCoy. With a little more luck, new evidence will arrive to help clear things up even further.

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Source: GSM Arena

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!