The future of the Samsung Galaxy Note series has already provided some surprises thanks to a host of rumors about the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 (we skipped the Note 6). The latest image leak shows the Note 7 close up with a curved-edge display. Find out what we know about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date, price, specs and rumors right here.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be called the Galaxy Note 7. This mean the Korean smartphone giant is skiping 6 entirely, at least numerically.
This could be a good move and could prove to be important in Samsung's branding. The company just released the seventh generation of their flagship devices, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. But if it releases the phablet version it would be the Note 6 and that is confusing.
This name change could help Samsung in its battle with Apple. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be released later this year and a Note 7 would compete better than a Note 6, at least in the brand perception game. It's good for Samsung to release a device that could level the playing field.
A leak from Evan Blass gave us a specific release date of August 15 in the United States. Blass followed this up on June 2, tweeting that the Note 6 would launch "almost exactly two months" from now, meaning early August.
All evidence seems to be converging on an early August launch, with a mid-month release, but there's still no official word from Samsung.
Galaxy Note 6/7 launch event is almost exactly two months away.
New images have surfaced and give us a clearer indication of what the final Galaxy Note 7 design will look like. Posted on Twitter by Steve Hemmerstoffer from NowhereElseFr, these images show off curved edges on the Note 7's display. It would come as little surprise that Samsung is using the same design language for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for the Note 7, albeit with slightly larger proportions. Take a look at the tweet below:
Previously, we got a better idea of how the Note 7 would look thanks to renders published by OnLeaks. His tweet shows quality mock-ups of how the next Galaxy Note will almost certainly look. Check out one of them right here:
We can see a couple of interesting features in this image. The first is that it has curved edges on the front and back. Whether the curved on the front are as large as those found on the Galaxy S7 Edge, we'll have to wait and see. The other feature is a USB Type-C port on the bottom.
If the Note 6/7 does come with a Type-C port, this would be an interesting development as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were released this year with the older micro-USB format.
PhoneArena recently got its hands on what is believed to be an official teaser image of the Galaxy Note 7, which all-but confirms its use of a curved display. The promo shot features the text "write on the edge of something great" with what appears to be a stylus pointing towards the edge of a smartphone display.
It's still just a rumor but it's looking increasingly likely that the Galaxy Note 7 will arrive with a curved display. If this promo image is legit, it's also likely that 'edge' will be included in the device name.
The earliest rumblings about the Galaxy Note 7 specs were very intriguing. Patently Mobile dug up a Samsung patent that shows the Note 7 phablet sitting in a laptop dock, where it acts not only as a touchpad but also as the laptop's processor and memory.
For Samsung to pull this off, the Note 6 will need to be a powerful machine indeed
The patents appear to show Windows software running once the Note 6 is docked. It would seem that Samsung is thinking of having the Note 7 run Android in its standard setup as a tablet, and switching over to Windows when it is set into the laptop.
Unsubstantiated reporting from Tech Times backed this theory up, with talk of a 16-core processor and 8 GB RAM. Their story provides no sources, however, so the claims are difficult to take seriously.
S Pen stand
The Note 7 could come with a Galaxy Note Pen that doubles as a stand. This comes from Patently Mobile, who released a patent application from Samsung. The idea is that the pen could be pulled out halfway from its holder and locked, to prop the Note 7 upright to let you watch video and other media more easily. As seen in the leaked designs below, the pen-stand could be locked back in two different ways.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 specs
It's been heavily rumored for some time, but concrete evidence for the inclusion of an iris scanner on the Note 7 is now starting to surface. An image that comes through Android Authority purportedly shows the front panel of the upcoming phablet, revealing cutouts at the top that are not present on the Galaxy S7 Edge. This evidence points towards an additional piece of hardware being placed there, an iris scanner. Paired with a Samsung patent that surfaced recently, it looks as though we can expect to be able to unlock the Note 7 with our eyes.
Specs rumor one
Reputable leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) reports that the Galaxy Note 7 name is "official" and tweeted a marketing banner with what is seemingly the product logo.
In addition, @evleaks mentioned "confirmed" specs, which suggest a 5.7-inch QHD display, 64 GB of internal storage (as well as microSD card support), a 12 MP dual-pixel rear camera and 5 MP front camera.
Blass also reported that the device would feature IP68 certification for dust- and water-resistance, as well as an iris scanner. We'll remain skeptical for now, but Blass has an excellent record for accuracy with smartphone rumors.
Specs rumor two
Spotted in a post on Chinese social media site Weibo,GizmoChina reports that the Note 7 could sport a screen size of 5.8 inches, with a Snapdragon 823 backed with 6 GB RAM.
We've seen some powerful specs and features for the Galaxy Note 7 leaked and, if they are true, it would necessitate a large battery to keep it running. This rumor also suggests that the device could come with a 4,200 mAh battery. That's 600 mAh larger than the S7 Edge and 1,200 mAh bigger than the Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 5 was disappointing in its internal memory capacity with two versions – 32 GB and 64 GB – and no option to expand, butut the Note 7 could come with a whopping 256 GB internal storage if reports are to be believed.
A rumor surfaced on PhotoRumors on April 18 suggesting that Samsung is working on a new camera sensor with an even wider aperture than the Galaxy S7's. The sensor is said to have an f / 1.4 aperture (The S7's is f / 1.7) and to be more compact, coming in at 1/2.3". The sensor is said to be intended to have a resolution as high as 24 MP.
In the lead up to the Galaxy S7, there were scores of rumors about the camera, very few of which proved true. It would be welcome news, however, to hear that Samsung is continuing to take its smartphone cameras very seriously. The rumor also comes with the suggestion that Samsung is moving people from its NX camera division over to its smartphone division, which, if true, indicates that they are taking the technology more seriously than ever.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 price
A fresh rumor suggests that the Galaxy Note 7 price could be pegged at €849 in Europe, €50 more than the premium Galaxy S7 Edge. This converts to roughly $940 and means that the Note 7 could end up being the most expensive smartphone Samsung has ever released. SamMobile's report on the rumor attributes the high price tag directly to the also-rumored dual-edge display. The higher manufacturing costs associated with building these edges would ultimately trickle into the final retail price.
With the Galaxy Note 5 costing as much as $850, and Samsung always pricing the Note series above the Galaxy S series, it's likely that little will change with the Note 7. Given that patents we've seen suggest Samsung plans to build a phone powerful enough to function as a laptop, it will need a specs boost – and you can expect that to boost the price accordingly.
Would you consider buying a Galaxy Note that doubled as a laptop? What else would you like to see from the Galaxy Note 7? Let us know in the comments.