The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have arrived and the reviews, especially those for the Galaxy S7 Edge, have been spectacular. Does this mean Samsung is on the comeback trail? Well, one year ago, reviews for the S6 and S6 Edge were also really good, but huge sales failed to materialize.
Reviews for the S7 and S7 Edge are actually the best Samsung has received since 2012′s Galaxy S3. Since I have the Galaxy Note 5, I’m not so interested in upgrading. However, my mind is on the Galaxy Note 6 and based on rumors and my experience with Samsung, I am going to make some predictions about the Note 6.
- Despite the fact that many who have the Gear VR headset want Samsung to make a 4K device, the Galaxy Note 6 will not be that device. A 4K screen simply takes up too much battery life and when not using the Gear VR, the human eye can barely detect the difference between a Quad HD screen (which the Note 5 has right now) and a 4K screen.
- The Galaxy S7 Edge will sell a lot better than the Galaxy S7, leading Samsung to make the Note 6 an “Edge” device with curved sides. The edges will have further functions available for the stylus.
- If you think the stylus is good on the Note 5, wait till you try the Stylus on the Note 6. It will be the equivalent of really using a pen.
- Like the S7 and S7 Edge, the Galaxy Note 6 will be waterproof.
- The Galaxy Note 6 will have the same reduced 12MP camera of the S7 and S7 Edge. However, as many critics have noted, the camera may have been reduced from 16MP to 12MP, but it’s the best camera out of any smartphone and shoots some pictures in DSLR quality.
- The S-Note app will be completely revamped and will act more like a real notebook than it did with previous versions.
- The Note 6 will have a 4,000mAh battery — the biggest one out of any major smartphone available. The battery life on the current Note 5 is outstanding, but it will be absolutely incredible on the Note 6.
- Samsung will make a better keyboard cover for the Note 6. The one for the Note 5 is poor.
- Samsung will only use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and completely drop the Exynos processor that has caused problems in some S7 and S7 Edge units.
The final prediction: The Galaxy Note 6 won’t be available until September this year. Last year, it was released in August since the S6 and S6 Edge weren’t big hits. I predict that the S7 and — especially — the S7 Edge will sell well enough so Samsung doesn’t have to introduce the Note 6 early this year.