You know a product is about to get launched when your timeline is filled with leaks about it. These past few days, it was the next Samsung Note’s turn to take the spotlight.
According to Evan Blass, an American tech journalist who’s been known to reveal accurate details about upcoming gadgets, the Galaxy Note 5’s successor will be called Samsung Galaxy Note 7, not Galaxy Note 6. This seems likely, in order to make the naming convention consistent with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones the company launched in March this year.
Leaks suggest the device will be a monster. We’re talking iris scanner, 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, and a ridiculous 6GB of RAM chip that is said to be 30 percent faster and up to 20 percent more efficient than other 6GB RAM modules.
Blass claims it will come with 64GB of internal memory. And if rumors suggesting Samsung might launch 128GB and 256GB variants turn out to be true, then you’re looking at a potential 512GB of storage, considering the tech giant has started selling its EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. Samsung has released it just in time for the Galaxy Note 7’s expected August 2, 2016, unveiling. (UPDATE, July 13: Samsung has confirmed that the launch is indeed August 2.) 512GB? That’s double the space of our MacBook Pro. Crazy!
Other leaked specs include a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel camera, a 5-megapixel front shooter, a 4,000mAh battery, and a USB Type-C port.
As with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the upcoming Note is supposed to have IP68 certification. That means the device is water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for up until 30 minutes. It is also protected from dirt, dust, and sand.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is said to run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is powered by either the company’s own Exynos 8893 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processors.
Check out this video recently uploaded by HDblog.it to see the Galaxy Note 7 and its new S-Pen and more refined TouchWiz UI. Warning: It’s in Italian.
My take: If the rumor mill is to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is shaping up to be a monster device. As it should be; the iPhone 7 launch comes a month after its announcement. For Samsung to have a huge chance of taking some of the limelight away from Apple, it has to wow potential customers.
Samsung is having a banner year, so it’s only fitting it ends 2016 with a hat trick in the Note 7.
My partner Ramon Lopez’s take: If you’re a fan of big-screen phones, then there’s plenty to love about the upcoming Galaxy Note 7, at least based on what has been said so far. The rumors suggest a phone that has almost everything you could ask for, excluding an affordable price tag. Samsung is having a banner year, so it’s only fitting it ends 2016 with a hat trick in the Note 7.
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