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One of the Galaxy Note 4’s most important features may have just been confirmed

Galaxy Note 4 Specs

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.

FROM EARLIER: Galaxy Note 4′s monster specs have already leaked

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

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.