Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note in October 2011, considered by many to be the first successful device with a display of 5.0-inch or larger. At the time, the Note came with an outrageously large display of 5.3-inch, a higher performance variant of the dual core Exynos System-on-Chip that resided in the Galaxy S II, a 2,500 mAh battery and Samsung’s take on the stylus, the S Pen. The Note made good use of the S Pen, bringing with it increased functionality over and above the Galaxy S II, plus that extra large (for the time) battery meant the device gave solid battery life. And since late 2011, Samsung have launched another four Galaxy Note smartphones, although one did not make it into Europe. Samsung typically release their Galaxy Note smartphones in the second half of the year and their more mainstream flagship Galaxy S device in the first half of the year. This year, Samsung are set to announce the next generation Galaxy Note, called the Galaxy Note 7, on August 2nd.
As with former Galaxy Note releases, the Galaxy Note 7 has seen its fair share of pre-release leaks, rumors and information. We’ve seen renders of the device leaked in the Coral Blue color but now reports are appearing showing the Galaxy Note 7 in all available color options which include Coral Blue, Gold, Silver Titanium and Black. From what we understand, the device will be released very close to the 2nd August and quite probably will be available for preorder that day. It is expected to be built in two variants. The one destined for the North American market will likely use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and be backed up by 6 GB of RAM. The other model will use the Samsung Exynos 8893 chipset but will again have 6 GB of RAM. Both devices will come with 64 GB of internal storage, a 5.7-inch QHD resolution Super AMOLED panel. There will be a 12MP primary camera complete with Samsung’s dual-pixel phase detection autofocus technology. The Galaxy Note 7 will be able to quickly go through its internal storage thanks to the ability to record at 4K resolution. On the front, Samsung are expected to improve over and above the Galaxy S7’s 3.7MP front facing camera with a 5MP unit. We are also expecting all models to come with a microSD card slot, and come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It should also be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat in a timely manner, use a 4,000 mAh battery and have IP68 water and dust resistance. Samsung have integrated an iris-scanner into the front of the phablet and with this being a Galaxy Note, the device will of course come with the S Pen.
We will know more in approximately two weeks, when Samsung is set to officially unveil the device and of course those colors. However, it does seem that the Galaxy Note 7 has few secrets left to reveal. Meanwhile, more rumors and stories can be expected to surface over the next generation Galaxy Note phablet.