As disruptively groundbreaking as the Galaxy Note 4 might be, Samsung is unlikely to dedicate the entirety of its upcoming pre-IFA “Unpacked” event, with at least one other cutting-edge gadget expected on display in Berlin, Germany.
Everyone ready for Unpacked 2014 Episode 2? Date noted and all? Not saved, but noted, mind you. Good, then you’ll be happy to hear Samsung likely has an ace or two up its sleeve aside from the rigorously leaked, although not yet pictured Note 4 phablet.
Ardent industry observers probably remember the glitzy and somewhat tacky press gathering from last September, which saw the Galaxy Note 3 debut, as well as the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet.
Since Sammy usually likes to keep product announcements neatly organized, it’s safe to assume sequels for the Note 3, Gear and Note 10.1 2014 are all coming at IFA 2014. Only the OEM’s slate lineup is a bit crowded at the moment, so a 2015 Note 10.1 intro feels like a long shot.
Meanwhile, you’d think the same could be said about the wearable family, however the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2 and Gear Live are due for a pretty exciting refresh, according to Korean media. The forthcoming Gear Solo, rumored a few times before, will not only incrementally upgrade hardware and polish design, but add a new feature in the mix.
Namely, standalone voice call support. That’s right, Sammy is ready to take a page from Neptune’s playbook, and offer an independent smartwatch. Hopefully, a more compact one. With 3G connectivity, rumor has it, not 4G LTE, plus a bundle of sensors and health tracking functions.
Back to the Galaxy Note 4, a claimed Samsung employee leaked a little internal document to the press that suggests the smartphone’s commercial release could happen by the end of September. Apparently, no Sammy workers will be granted paid time off during September 15 and 28, and chances are that’s because all hands are needed on deck for a swift, by-the-book launch.
A turnaround of just a few weeks? Apple, the king of blazing fast turnarounds, would be jealous.