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We're just about to that time of year when we're going to have more than a few new devices to be excited about. And, for some of you out there, more than a few devices to try before you settle on your next daily driver for a few months (at least). Considering the competitive market, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Google and smaller companies that'll probably launch their unlocked devices, it's a hard decision to make.

This year isn't any different. While we're still waiting for Motorola to reveal an announcement date for their Moto X successor, we've already heard that Apple's next iPhone event will take place on September 9. Later the same day, Samsung decided to go ahead and confirm that they'll have their next Galaxy Note event on September 3.

Busy, busy. And that's not even including the actual launch of those devices.

Early today, we got to see what's being called the first leaked images of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The images certainly reflect what a natural evolution of the Galaxy Note phablet family would look like, with a square-ish design, the faux-leather back cover, and a huge display that's rumored to have a resolution of 2560x1440. The images also suggest that the handset could boast a metal edge.

The Galaxy Note 4 looks like a Galaxy Note, and that's a good thing for Samsung. Their devices have become iconic in their own way (for better or worse, for some consumers), but I can honestly say that I'm not wowed by it, either. Looking at the hardware in those images doesn't make me more excited for the phablet. And the Galaxy Note 4 is one device I've been looking forward to all year.

I'm still looking forward to it, to be clear, but now my expectations are beginning to settle. If this is indeed the phone we should expect to see in less than a month, then it's going to be up to the software to sell this device to me. Which is certainly possible, and definitely not impossible, but I'm a person that loves my devices to be a perfect combination of hardware and software. I want to like both equally.

Of course, these are just pictures. When the device finally gets revealed, and launched into stores, I'll be able to check it out in person and make a conclusion from that. Samsung will have to sell me on the software and its features at the announcement, but I'll have to wait to make a final judgment on the hardware until I can check it out. So, just like every other device. Gotta love a routine, right?

From what you've seen of the Galaxy Note 4 so far, and heard about its rumored specs, are you looking forward to the next phablet in the manufacturer's lineup? Or is the Galaxy Note 4 no longer on your radar? Let me know.


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