Call us rash, call our efforts premature and the venture into speculation territory pointless, with so many unknowns to the Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4 Pro equation. Nothing to argue there, given one phone\u2019s ETA remains up in the air, while another\u2019s very identity and existence can\u2019t be authenticated at the moment. But someone has to tackle the \u201cnext big things\u201d early, so as to assess their prospective potential and current Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and LG G4 worth. Otherwise put, should you jump the gun and board one of those fancy yet soon-to-be-dated bandwagons, or wait a few more months? Always a tricky predicament, since there\u2019s always something better on the horizon. The question must therefore be how much better? Well, let\u2019s see what the magic 8-ball tells us, based on recent rumors, good old fashioned detective work and common sense: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs LG G4 Pro \u2013 the background factor The OnePlus One is perfect living proof you don\u2019t need history to make it in today\u2019s competitive, uber-crowded mobile landscape. But it certainly helps to slap a name people easily recognize and greatly respect on a newborn flagship smartphone. Besides, keep in mind even OnePlus barely sold a million One copies to date, which feels like a milestone real heavyweights should hit within days of their commercial debut. But we digress. The point is the Note 5 will ride a remarkable wave of enthusiasm on the back of its hailed predecessor and a rapidly rising \u201ccousin.\u201d Meanwhile, the G4 Pro, thanks to that very moniker (if it holds water), will be instantly associated with the \u201cstandard\u201d G4. Pretty impressive on paper, the leather-clad 5.5 incher could however fizzle by the time its Pro heir bows, especially if next-gen iPhones break out. And don\u2019t forget this isn\u2019t part of a long, proven and fruitful dynasty, as its S Pen-capable rival. Quite on the contrary, with the Optimus G Pro and G Pro 2 generating mostly sad memories of affordable, mediocre phablets. Maybe it\u2019d be a good idea to just choose a different suffix. Max? Plus? Ultra? Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent innovation That\u2019s now how the saying goes, we know, and it\u2019s definitely not how device manufacturers approached things these past few years. Ask them, and they\u2019ll tell you there\u2019s little room for true innovation, which is why we should settle on iterative upgrades. Pardon our French, but what a load of crock! Clearly, iris recognition is ready for primetime, taking biometric authentication to the next level. Innovative feature idea #1. How about a universal wireless charging solution offered for free instead of $35 or $55? While we\u2019re on the subject, if you even think of snubbing USB Type C connectivity until next year, Samsung and LG, get ready to lose. The groundbreaking one-cable-fits-all tech will also enable accelerated charging, and reaching 100 percent battery capacity in, say, half an hour likely headlines many wishlists for late 2015. Okay, what else? Well, we haven\u2019t heard much of flexible displays in a while. As in, curvable, not curved out the box. But it\u2019s no doubt too soon for a wide-scale Youm spread. Still, the bottom line is if they want to innovate, they can find ways. They can enhance autonomy without hurting slimness and form factors\u2026 somehow, improve security via eye and fingerprint scanning, boost mobile payment support with the help of Android M and Android Pay. Note 5 vs G4 Pro \u2013 the numbers\u2019 race It\u2019s nice to dream with one\u2019s eyes open once in a while, but at the end of the day, it\u2019s sensible to put both feet on the ground and admit this duel\u2019s outcome, like so many before it, depends on the iterative specification revisions we so love to hate. Beyond small novelty elements, gimmicks and the works, beyond even marketing expenses and brand recognition, what weighs the heaviest is who will produce the sharpest screen, fastest system, most gifted cameras and largest cell. The rumor mill alludes to a predictable tie in the display resolution department (2,560 x 1,440 pixels all around), an impossible to rule CPU bout (Exynos 7420 successor vs Snapdragon 820), and most likely, another draw as far as the RAM count is concerned (4 gigs across the board). Then there\u2019s silence on the Note 5 camera front, and mystery surrounding G4 Pro\u2019s ticker size. But we \u201cknow\u201d the former will pack a gigantic 4,100 mAh pacemaker, and the latter should thrill with a one-of-a-kind 27 MP rear shooter. Really, really hard to name an early frontrunner, as screen diagonal is tipped at 5.8, 5.9 inches for both, and LG has its sights set on a construction approach switch from plastic and leather to \u201cgenuine\u201d metal. We\u2019ll tell you this though \u2013 if you feel bigger is better, don\u2019t compromise and go for the GS6, S6 Edge or G4. Just wait. All about timing? This isn\u2019t real estate, and location, location, location is unimportant, unimportant, unimportant, but the when of the equation feels hugely relevant. Samsung ultimately rises as the odds-on favorite once again ergo, with the Galaxy Note 5 scheduled to go on sale in September. Perhaps as early as August. The G4 Pro? Well, LG needs the Snapdragon 820 chip to discard the scorching 810 and laggy 808, so the best case scenario is October. Worst? November. Too close to the holidays, and probably behind both the GNote 5 and iPhone 6s\/6s Plus duo.