Samsung Galaxy Note 6 rumor roundup: specs, release date, features and more
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are all the hype right now, but we know many of you believe the Note series is the true Samsung flagship every year. And rightfully so, Note phones usually come later in the year, boasting superior specs, improved functionality, larger batteries and more.
As we wrap up all the Galaxy S7 coverage our sights turn to the larger side of things. What will the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 have to offer? In this post we try to create a one-stop shop for all your Samsung Galaxy Note 6 leaks and rumors. Want to learn more? Let’s dig in.
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Before we start
It’s a bit early to really decipher the mysteries the upcoming phablet holds. Please keep in mind these are all rumors and there are no confirmed details to go by.
There are plenty of shady rumors out there, but we will try to keep information here as solid as possible. The line between truth and hearsay is a bit thin with these matters. Even if we are trying our best to keep this information as reliable as possible, it’s important to take everything with a pinch of salt.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6 specs
Details are scarce but a few leaks are giving us a look at what the Galaxy Note 6 may pack. According to the International Business Times, the upcoming phone is to feature a massive 5.8-inch screen with a QHD (2560×1440) display. What’s interesting is that this time Sammy might be doing away with the Diamond Pixels and instead has opt for a slimmer RGB matrix AMOLED panel.
Rumors of pressure sensitivity are also going around. This means the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 may feature something similar to Apple’s 3D Touch. The Samsung Galaxy Note series is known for its digital pen input features, so I would assume any new application of pressure sensitivity would somehow be linked to the S-Pen.
For those of you who may be out of the Apple loop, 3D Touch introduces a new input option that allows the software to recognize how strongly you are pressing on the screen. If you press harder, for example, an icon can pull out some quick options for interacting with the the app.
Powering the device is said to be either a Samsung Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, as well as 6 GB of RAM and a battery with somewhere in between 3500-4000 mAh. On the storage side of things we may have 3 options: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. But if that is not enough for you, there is also said to be microSD support thrown in there.
What about the camera? This is a Samsung device, after all, and the Korean manufacturer is known for its camera technology. The Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to sport a 12 MP camera, like the S7 series. Yes, that may be less megapixels, but we all know that picture quality is not all about the size of the image.
This sensor will likely be identical (or very similar) to the one in the Galaxy S7, which does feature dual pixel technology for better auto-focus.
In terms of software features, rumor has it Samsung will launch a BlackBerry Hub-style feature called Focus, that will consolidate messages from multiple channels.
There may be a laptop dock…
This one is a bit weird, but the guys at Ubergizmo discovered an interesting patent filing that may suggest the Galaxy Note 6 will come with a very special accessory. Now, keep in mind patent filings don’t always turn into actual products. Plans may always change, so be specially cautious about believing this one. We just thought it was a cool idea and had to throw it out there.
The murmur says there may be a laptop dock the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be able to power. Docking the Note 6 would turn your device into a touchpad, as well as the brain and power this laptop dock would need in order to operate. And it would make sense, really. 6 GB of RAM and the storage options in this phone are enough to give you a fair PC experience. Remember these mobile processors are getting quite powerful.
The International Business Times also states this laptop dock would run Windows 10, which is a pretty crazy (yet amazing) idea. Again, I wouldn’t put my money on any of this yet. It’s just a cool concept being thrown around for now.
Price and release date
Almost nothing is known about the price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, but you can certainly expect it to be an expensive phone. Note devices are usually quite pricey, after all. More details on this will surely show up in due time, though.
As for the release date, there is also no concrete evidence of a release window. Most of the industry is speculating on an August launch, though, just like last year. Samsung is pretty good at keeping its launch schedule similar for every iteration of its devices, after all. They shouldn’t stray too much from the usual launch this time either.
According to @evleaks, the Galaxy Note 6 will be launched in the week of August 15. That would coincide with the launch of the device last year.
There you have it, guys. This is all we know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 for now… which is honestly next to nothing. Be sure to check back in the coming months though, as we expand this list to include new rumors and leaks as they hit.