Samsung’s next Galaxy Note device was originally referred to as the Galaxy Note 6. However, because Samsung doesn’t want confusion in their branding (the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the current flagship Samsung devices), they are calling the next Note the Galaxy Note 7. And new legit information as well as an image of a future teaser ad have leaked.
According to Tech Times, production is going to begin in July for the Note 7, which should be available on shelves around August. The Note 7 will likely have a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, a 12MP rear camera, an Iris scanner, 7GB (!) of RAM, up to 128GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot for up to 256GB additional memory, and a Qualcom Snapdragon 823 chipset.
Last year’s Galaxy Note 5 received almost unanimously excellent reviews. CNET gave the device four-and-a-half stars.
“The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has an eye-catching design, high-end hardware and takes great outdoor photos. Using the stylus has never felt better, and battery life is terrific.”
However, the Note 5 wasn’t a huge hit and a lot of this has to do with the lack of a microSD card slot and removable battery — things that were Samsung staples. The microSD card slot was added to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and helped those phones become huge hits. Perhaps the same will happen with the Galaxy Note 7.
There are some people angry about the fact that Samsung hasn’t increased the resolution of the Note screen in two years. This only seems to be an issue for those who use the Gear VR virtual reality headset. The Quad HD resolution looks spectacular on the Galaxy Note itself, but when it’s zoomed into your eyes like it is on the Gear VR, you notice the individual pixels.
However, Samsung is smart for not increasing the resolution. Not only would it increase the cost of the device, but it would also significantly reduce battery life. The battery life on the Galaxy S7 Edge is excellent and, with rumors of an increased battery capacity, the Note 7 will be a device that lasts most people at least two days.
It is rumored that Samsung will release a standalone Gear VR that doesn’t depend on the screen of one of its smartphones. This would be a great thing and will enable Samsung to concentrate on just the smartphone aspects of its latest phones instead of how they can make them be better for virtual reality devices.
The Galaxy Note 7 will be announced in early August and will probably be released before what is known as the iPhone 7 Pro, which will also be pen-enabled. The rest of the year is beginning to look exciting for the smartphone industry.