Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 is still several months away from launching, but it’s already easily one of the most hotly anticipated launches of the year. Adding a tantalizing new dimension to the story is the increasing likelihood that this will be the first Samsung phablet that will go head to head with a similarly sized iPhone. We have already seen several leaks that began to paint a picture of what we can expect from the Note 4 later this year, and now one of the device’s most important features may have just been revealed.

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This year’s flagship Galaxy S5 is a decidedly unexciting device, and BGR has heard from several sources that sell-through has fallen well short of expectations in some regions. Compounding matters is the fact that Samsung’s CFO recently warned that the company’s second-quarter earnings will likely be “not that good.”

There was one area in particular where the Galaxy S5 surprised us all, however. In a recent series of expert tests, the S5 topped several other leading camera phones including the iPhone 5s and Lumia 1020 to tie for the best-performing smartphone camera in the world.

With Samsung having now established itself as a camera phone leader, interest in its future cameras has no doubt increased. And now, a new report may have revealed details surrounding the Galaxy Note 4’s camera.

According to a report from ET News, which has a mixed track record but has reported accurate early information surrounding unannounced Samsung devices numerous times in the past, the Galaxy Note 4 will include a new 12-megapixel camera unit with optical image stabilization.

The move would be a curious one, since Note-series phablets have previously launched with the same camera modules found in the corresponding Galaxy S handsets. According to the report, however, Samsung opted for a 12-megapixel unit in order to keep the device’s housing as thin as possible.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.