This year's gathering of tech giants and press in Berlin might very well see a new Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as new 4K OLED TVs and the Gear Glass headset. It's not surprising that we might see a new Galaxy Note at IFA — after all, it is the event where the previous three iterations of the big-screen stylus-happy smartphone launched.
But what is interesting about the Galaxy Note 4 is that it might come in two versions, and we're not talking about just different processors this time. Nope, Samsung is now rumored to have physically different versions of the Note 4 on tap, according to an unnamed executive of an unnamed Samsung partner in Korea:
"The Note 4 will have two versions ― one with a curved OLED display for niche markets and the other a flat OLED display for mass marketing."
Samsung's toyed around with curved displays before — the Samsung Galaxy Round — but they haven't taken them nearly as seriously as Korean rival LG has with the LG G Flex. A Galaxy Note 4 with a curved display, even if it's one for niche markets, would be a significant statement on Samsung's part, and match up with statements from Samsung executives that the next Note might have an all new form factor.
In addition to a flat Galaxy Note 4 and a curved Galaxy Note 4, Samsung is also reported to be bringing their Google Glass competitor Gear Glass (oh, we hope that creative name is just a placeholder) and an expanded array of connected home accessories and appliances to IFA. The see applications such as home security and energy management as offering "high growth potential" beyond just appliances.