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Leaked photos suggest Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 mixes fake leather with real metal

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 is likely to arrive within a month, but apparently that's not soon enough to avoid an early leak. GSM Arena has posted photos of what's believed to be Samsung's next gigantic, phablet-style smartphone. The images reveal a redesigned back cover that stays true to the Note 3's faux leather while thankfully losing the tacky fake stitching. The Galaxy S5's heart rate sensor is also carried over here and positioned next to the camera. But the most interesting thing in these shots is the Note 4's outside frame, which looks like it may actually be metal this time. And yes, it's got chamfered edges.

Galaxy Note 4 front GSM arena

A newly leaked image revealing the front of what looks like Samsung's Galaxy Note 4. (GSM Arena)

We'll need to wait for the official unveiling for direct confirmation, but Samsung has already said it's looking to release phones made from premium materials this year. The Galaxy Alpha is believed to be one of them, but a metal-clad Note 4 (also expected to have a 5.7-inch 2,560 x 1,440 QHD display) could help reinforce Samsung's standing as the number one phablet maker. This is a market that Samsung itself created and has long thrived in, but Apple may be preparing to fight its way in — and soon. We expect to see the Note 4 debut on September 3rd, and Apple's next iPhones may follow just days later on September 9th.