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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 likely to receive early September release date

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Several high profile sources have revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, originally slated for a late September or early October release, could be available the first week of September. It appears that mass production will start in August in order to prepare for a huge worldwide release.

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Los Angeles Industry Analyst Paul Mueller tells this column that his colleagues have confirmed that Samsung is looking at a September 3 launch date on T-Mobile, with a September 5 date for Sprint and T-Mobile. "These days haven't been set in stone, but will likely be the release dates," Mueller tells us.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4, unfortunately, will likely launch with the faux leather back instead of the aluminum casing that was originally reported. "This doesn't mean future Galaxy Note 4 units won't have the aluminum casing. But the initial shipments will be plastic," Mueller continues. Samsung appears to be in a rush to get the Galaxy Note 4 out, especially since the Galaxy S5 didn't perform nearly as well as Samsung had expected.

The Galaxy Note 4 will likely have a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440 pixel resolution) Super AMOLED flexible screen. Like the Galaxy Note 3, it will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to have a new improved 16MP camera. The new smartphone will likely see brisk sales initially, but will have to compete with the iPhone 6, which will likely be released a week or two later.

Which smartphone are you most excited for--the Galaxy Note 4 or the iPhone 6? Tell us in the Comments section.