Galaxy Note 4 leaks in a strange blocky case

With Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 event only days away, it seems inevitable that something else was going to leak before the main event. Here we see Samsung's stylus-friendly smartphone inside a security case to keep its identity a secret, but a handy screenshot from the device courtesy of our source clears up any confusion. This same blocky security case was seen recently in another Note 4 leak from the folks at TechTastic, but there's no doubt that when Samsung is ready for the big reveal the Note 4 will have shed this awkward casing in exchange for some more familiar looks.

We'll be tackling the Note 4 announcement from both New York and Berlin this year, with plenty of hands on time to fill in everything we don't know. The party starts at 9am Eastern for all three of Samsung's Unpacked locations this year, so don't be late!

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

178 Comments
  • Well I sure do hope it works better than it does in the video once it's released. Posted via the Android Central App
  • In a blocky case protecting the chamfered edges. The Galaxy Note 4 the KING IS HERE ready to take it's crown. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Oh FFS...don't you have a Samsung Knights meeting to attend or something?
  • Lol! Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're hating so that means your definitely not buying. That's more for my group. Pass along hater we got this on September 3rd this isn't for you're pocket. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Are you talking to me? I'm definitely buying it. I've been quietly anticipating this phone all year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Talking to BlackRoseMDI From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • I've got a Note 3 and I explained below why I won't be buying a Note 4. Honestly, as hard as you fanboy, I was starting to think that you were a paid Samsung plant. Then I remembered that you used to fanboy out like this over the worst phone in the Evo line too. We get it. You love Samsung. You love them so hard that you've alienated half the internet so much that your opinions are immediately written off. Enjoy your Note 4. Like I said, I'm sure it will be a great phone. That terrible UI and Sammy's "security measures" will make sure that I don't drop $750 on a phone that I can't customize.
  • Hopefully his unemployment will run out before it's released so he won't have any money to buy it.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Burn!
  • +10 You Have Been Whipped By King Ding Along! 1+1=8.
  • You sound pretty typical. My money is waiting and I will be opening three separate lines to add to my all ready three lines of service come October 3rd. I'll be glad to throw you some food stamps for you to trade in so you might be able to afford to buy it since you are broke... From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • The fact that you will have 3 lines open, and only the one phone for yourself, tells me you either don't know how to manage your money (I wouldn't be surprised at this since you were actually homeless 7 or 8 years ago), or you don't know how the line system works. Either way, you're an idiot.
  • What's the reason you won't be buying the Note 4? Posted via the Android Central App
  • He needs a group discount or price break he can't afford to keep up the pace of buying year after year. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Probably cause Instagram will open. 00001 seconds faster. Posted via Android Central App
  • Who cares what you have worry about yourself I'm covered I do my talking with buying every year. Lot more than what can be said with you 2yrs now and then buyers. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Yes, because what you buy and how much of it = greater status in the social hierarchy. We're talking about electronic devices with retail prices usually less than $750. These aren't Maseratis, Ferraris, the latest 60" OLED TVs, an actual house, or anything that *really* costs money. Get over yourself Dick.
  • Porsche Design BlackBerry FTW Posted via Android Central App
  • Could get one of those gold and diamond jobs for like 10k on a smartphone :(
  • +1 good one >squiddy20 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dude, chill :P
    While I agree that Touchwiz hasn't been great from the beginning, they have definitely cleaned it up and optimised it for their own devices. As for customising, you can always root it and then do whatever you want to it XD
  • KNOX sucks, but its easy to eliminate via root. At least Samsung doesn't factory lock the bootloader like some other douchy manufacturers I can think of...and TW is alot better than Sense and whatever LG's craptastic UI is.
  • +1 You Have Been Whipped By King Ding Along! 1+1=8.
  • Yarrell... you're an embarrassment to tech lovers everywhere... an embarrassment! Posted via the Android Central App
  • What's embarrassing is you faceless losers who populate this site and Google Plus. I openly laugh at you clownish cowards daily. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Ridiculous immature behavior from too many of you. A real turn off. Posted via Android Central App from Samsung Note 3 or Surface Pro 3
  • And yet, I'm pretty sure I spotted you over at Phandroid a few weeks ago under a "fake" username spouting off your usual BS about Samsung "pimp slapping" the competition, plain and simple.
  • He may be a douche, I don't know, but Samsung and Apple pretty much have been pimp slapping all the competition. What is your point?
  • I was referring to the "faceless users" bit he was talking about. Here's the comment I was talking about. Notice any similarities in the words used/horrific spelling? http://phandroid.com/2014/08/15/moto-x1-size-comparison-with-moto-x/#com...
  • He seems like an obsessed fan, and you seem stalkerish... He may be driving you to this, but it's not good. Who cares? Just ignore his rants.
  • Note 3? What happened? I guess you didn't earn $800 that week just by sitting at home on your computer and couldn't afford the iPhone? Or did you try and get one of the free tablets Samsung gives you if your deeeumb enough to by one of their phones?
  • What does FFS mean? I is Internet noob Posted via Android Central App
  • For F&%ks Sake
  • It means For Fu&ks sake Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thank you good sirs. But I must digress, he has convinced me. Yarell: 1. AC: everyone else on the site. Posted via Android Central App
  • If yarell has convinced you of anything then you definitely are a noob
  • I don't comment enough for my opinion to be widely know here, but I'm a Nexus user at heart. (cost with great performance) I also use a Z30 because my phone is for managing the social aspect of my life and BB10 does that the best. I wouldn't ever use a Note nearly because I find them too big and I never adjusted to that OG Note I picked up years ago. You decided to insult me for little to no reason. You also had zero complexity in your insult. Why bother posting with the logic of one that was just born to spew out stuff that belongs in a toilet bowl? People like you and Yarell should really leave the site. You're an embarrassment to any average Internet user that came here for info and info only. The image of Android Central is to be the largest most accurate source of info for Android enthusiasts and beginners alike. Not a zoo with areas dedicated to all the different trolls you can spot in the Web. Posted via Android Central App
  • Only dopes would know what that is. I'm laughing even harder now. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • Notice me senpai *Waves begin basement Nexus in front of Yarell to cause and allergic reaction* Posted via Android Central App
  • And yet, you couldn't even spell asinine correctly to save your life, or use the correct forms of you're/your or their/they're/there in a sentence.
  • I can't sell asinine. My comment isn't relevant, I'm just making a shameless plug for SwiftKey allowing me to type this with zero errors.... And I wanted to try and spell asinine. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's actually kinda my point. He couldn't spell asinine even with autocorrect. Every now and then, he makes a comment with some serious misspellings, even though pretty much all smartphones have at least decent autocorrect features, and have had them for a few years.
  • fantastic sir ! you made my day !! :)))
  • I'll sit at the round table! Posted from my S5
  • lol
  • Do you personally get paid by Samsung for every post you do?
  • I think this yarell guy is actually no-nexus in disguise. The amount of "love" they both dish out for a certain phone manufacturer..
  • This
  • Nah, I feel like it would physically hurt No Nexus to write like that. I tried to copy the Yarell style and couldn't pull it off. The grammar burns me Posted via Android Central App
  • It would. If I had to do that copy pasta I would have no choice but to break my own fingers Posted via Android Central App
  • Guess you feel pretty hurt not being able to keep up with the buying pace. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • That's because most of us aren't robbing 7-11's to buy our phones every year.
  • I am not liking the blocky squared look at all. Sent from my Nexus5 On T-Mobiles blazing fast LTE networks. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's a security case. Posted via Android Central App
  • Either you didn't read the article or you're pretty stupid. Posted via Android Central App
  • My guess is pretty stupid.. Posted via Android Central App
  • I didn't know what a security case was before I read the article. Maybe it's the same with him and he skimmed over where they mentioned it? Thanks for showing your class guys, way to improve to community here. Posted via Android Central App
  • I am so excited. Samsung makes great products! Posted via Android Central App
  • You really haven't an objective perspective on technology at all, do you? I really wished you had the foresight to stop trying to jump onto a company bandwagon (you've done this several times before). You troll every single Android forum, community, and G+ profile that speaks against you and your illogical rambling of arrogance... such a bother. (On Topic):
    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 seems to be a fairly conventional lacklustre compared to other devices that are rumoured to be out in the next 4-5 months. That is, if the "leaked" specifications/hardware are correct and accurate. If any of the leaks are nearby accurate, I think it'll just be a skip for me (with a Note 3). No point in upgrading to a horrible TouchWiz UI with gimmicky features when there are other devices that may be around the same size (5.7-5.9" display) with a more premium UI to it. ("Look, maw! I can use buzzwords too!")
  • Another faceless person talking out the side of his neck. Pretty typical of losers and trolls who have no capital to purchase handsets so they bargain basement price shop for Nexus or Motorola. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • I guess you hadn't read the comment correctly, as usual for a troll of your caliber (or lack thereof). I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 right now - same handset as yourself. Silly, silly man. :) I made an objective comment about the future Note 4. The Note 3 had a powerful handset; but, there were a few gimmick-features (which Samsung is notorious for). Mind you, all handsets aim for gimmickry features in order to encourage you to use their devices over any other. All of the sensors on the Galaxy S5 will *probably* be moved over to the Note 4 ... which is nothing of value. The fingerprint scanner is pretty sub-par (despite the fact they started using it in place of passwords [well.. considering it's not that secure overall ...kudos?]). The only encouraging potential out of the Note 4 is any water resistance/waterproof that could be moved or upgraded from the S5.
  • So no Note equal broke? And logic equals troll? Any other phone equals food stamps and no face, what else, bargain basement and what not. Sorry guys, trying to learn the language of Yarell. I hope to be like him. Buying the top of the line every year. And by that I mean the New Nexus. Until BB gets its crap together and gets me an upgrade to My Z30. Posted via Android Central App
  • "Yarell Logic" is essentially the idea that if it isn't Samsung, it's not a good mobile.
    If you try to look at a Samsung product objectively, you're a troll.
    All other devices are trash and for cheap/broke people, in his mind. BB isn't too bad :) A few of their recent devices are kind of nice, but I agree they need to focus on releasing handsets at least once a year. Though, based on their financial issues here and there, it may be a bit difficult to dedicate so many resources to R&D.
  • The only reason I'm a bit upset with them is the lack of a an all touch at the higher end. The Z3 is okay and all, but it's not an upgrade if you have a Z30 and Z10. But the software is optimized enough that we don't really need new hardware, but you can't blame us for wanting it right? Posted via Android Central App
  • Nope, of course not. I've always viewed Blackberry as the "true rival" to iPhones, in the business department at least. BB has always been pretty keen on developing the software that's solid, stable, and optimised for its handsets (like iPhones). Of course it makes sense to want the hardware ... everyone's entitled to want something to geek out on. Until then, you can always purchase "basement bargain-shop mobiles" that have the same specs/roundabout price.
  • And yet, here you are using the same boring old "insults" for all of your comments, the same ones you've been using for years. You attack people based on their supposed lack of money, something which you could not possibly know because you don't have their bank accounts. What a joke. Also, FYI, the Note 3 is the same price or just *slightly* higher than any other flagship phone. Heck, even the full retail price on your precious T-Mobile is only a $7 difference between it and the S5, $16 between it and the iPhone 5s, and $18 difference between it and the LG G3. On Verizon, the Note 3 is the same price as the Samsung ATIV SE, LG G3, HTC One M8 (Android and Windows version), Galaxy S5, and the iPhone 5s is just a bit more. And you talk as if the Note 3 is soooo much more expensive than every other phone.
  • I have the note 3 and will be getting the 4 Posted via Android Central App
  • The Note 3 is great. Posted via Android Central App
  • Its either not waterproof or they figured out how to water proof the data port.
  • Pre-release unit
  • I like it better squared off like this. Looks more...industrial....
  • Less comfortable. But better looking imo ಠ益ಠ
  • I don't want anything "industrial" in my damn pocket! LOL
  • Then don't get it. LOL Posted via Android Central App
  • I think that one went over your head... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have had the Note i717,Note 2,and now the Note3,and soon to have the Industrial looking Note 4,for this Note series I think industrial look is the only way to go....
    Sent from my AT&T Note 3.....
  • Just looks like it's rocking a mophie juice pack Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or a $9 Chinese case on eBay... Posted via the Android Central App
  • $9 is nice for a Chinese case...this looks more like $1.78 Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is so weak. Come on AC.
  • +1. Not even worth seeing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That water drop sound is super annoying. Samsung need to change it or give the option of other sounds. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its the first thing I turn off along with hepatic feedback. Posted via Android Central App
  • That would be cool if the home button was white like it shows. Brought to you by the Samsung Galaxy S5
  • or an LED that reacted to fingertips in proximity Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or better yet. A seperate HD screen in that button with a permanent spinning .gif of a Verizon symbol, giant checkmark in tow. Seriously tho. The home button has grown a bit vertically compared to the Note 3. Can't ascertain much more from this photo. It is interesting that the capacitive buttons are covered with wide strips of tape. Is Sammy adding something there, or did they just use long pieces of tape.
  • Looks identical to the Note 3. So much for fanboy curved/flexible speculation. Not that anyone actually believed it. Dat front button. Won't die. Nor will the beeps and bloops. Sigh...
  • you can't possibly be referencing dick yarrell and his eight month long obsession with telling everyone about the three sided note 4 display could you... Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^ I lol'd.
  • Good ole Josh Hornier from Google Plus another hater and troll not spending real money. Pass by these basic haters they are bargain basement shoppers this isn't a Motorola G or Nexus group discount handset. From my Galaxy Note 3 on T-Mobile via Android Central App
  • You sir win the Internet. I am now an official Yarell follower. I see the error of my Nexus ways. I have real money. I..... Must..... NOTE 4 FTW !!!! Switching to T-Mobile to send all future comments from my elite "top of the line because it DRAWS THE LINE WITH THE GODSENT S-PEN " Godsung Note 4 running AmazeballWiz Posted via Android Central App
  • This is /s...right? lol OnePlus One
  • No. I have truly changed. Posted via Android Central App
  • Still not sure OnePlus One
  • Couldn't be... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am a changed Samsung Bot. There is nothing better. Excluding all the other things better than Samsung. /s Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh thank God lol, I thought you'd joined Yarrell and Goodwin OnePlus One
  • Lmao Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bravo! I do believe that was your first "/s". Amazed you had to use it there though!
  • I'd say off the charts, yes.
  • 1. Either your autocorrect is so messed up because you spell "hornier" so often that it thought that's what you were trying to spell, or you reverted back to the retarded insults an 8 year old makes. Like all the times you called AT&T "AssT&T" or Samsung "Samsuck" back when you were on your HTC lovefest. His name is Josh Hirner. Have some respect.
    2. Yes, because it's totally impossible to comment on an article AND buy something at the same time. It's called having multiple browser tabs open or dual screens. Get with the times Richard.
  • I don't like how Samsung is trying so hard to leave Google services. The Nokia HERE map announcement is one step closer to TIZEN. The Note 4 may be neat, but I like Google. I want nothing to do with TIZEN. Full stop.
  • You're clearly a broke chump that wants to fund the cheap haters and trolls that use Nexus crap Posted via Android Central App
  • neeeevermind
  • Lol, I'm writing this on a Nexus, I'm just spewing crap. I noticed the push away too, and since I avoid Sammy like the plague I don't really care, but it's nice to see Nokia get some play. Doesn't Tizen run Play apps though? I don't seriously think ones phone maker and model affects their status in life. I've seen rich guys with flip phones and 13 year old with M8's Posted via Android Central App
  • Oh, haha. Bait taken. I was trolled today.
  • It's cool, I find him funny. Annoying, but funny. Like what if everyone just cupped their hands and screamed about one thing like he did? Posted via Android Central App
  • List of things to do today: Get trolled? Check, haha.
  • Amen to that. I personally like Samsung but then I love all technology. I just buy what I LIKE, whether it is a Samsung, HTC, Nexus, LG or whatever. I've rocked all of those phones over years. Right now I have a M8. I have my first child on the way that is due in January. So once the Note 4 comes out I'm going to get that a try to keep it for a couple years. I can't keep dropping money on phones my wife wants to kill me as it is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Congratulations on your first child!!!! My wife had 2 when we got married and I adopted them, but they were already 7 and 8. Then all of a sudden...BAM....I had my first 4 years ago! They are some hard work