There are many notes about the Note, including a new one that might have a dual edge display but isn’t made by Samsung. Regardless, for the majority of the masses, the term calls forth a specific sizable smartphone: the Samsung Galaxy Note. Last year saw the mainstay model move into a more meaningful glass sandwich, and along with it the removal of a user-replaceable battery and microSD support. It was also numbered “5”. This year’s model will buck that trend.
It has been rumored that the new Note will have the number 7 on it as Samsung opts to skip 6 and suddenly synchronize with its S series. Today, Evan Blass (@evleaks) has posted the following:
The above logo seemingly confirms the rumors. While it’s possible Blass could be off – he did Tweet this after all – his status as a legendary leaker is not without good reason: the man has some damn good connections and sources. So, assuming this is indeed the real logo, Samsung “seven” synergy is looming large.
There is of course a slight bit of amusement in the fact that, while having both the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines on the same number, Samsung might inadvertently be confusing customers who end up asking where the Galaxy Note 6 went. Then again, if Microsoft can skip a number, why can’t everyone else, too?
For those in need of a quick recap of the Galaxy Note 7’s main details – based on current rumors and leaks – the following is what is believed to be being brought to market next month:
Specs: The Galaxy Note 7 may have a 5.8-inch QHD dual-edge Super AMOLED display, a faster Exynos 8 SoC variant, 6GB of RAM, an improved 12-megapixel camera with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus, and a 4,000 mAh battery.
The Note 7 is also expected to be bringing back microSD support – as with the Galaxy S7 – and that it will also include waterproofing, in what would be a first for the product line.
In another potential first, the phone is also said to come with an Iris scanner, something Samsung is said to have actually sought to include several years ago but went for a fingerprint sensor instead due to the then early incarnations of the eye scanning software and hardware.
Release: The device is said to be launching on August 2nd, and will be in stores in the Netherlands around the second or third week of the month. Presumably other territories will have a simultaneous – or similarly scheduled – release.
Price: The latest reports suggest that the phone will retail for 799 Euros, or roughly $905 US. It should be noted that prices in Europe are often significantly higher than they are in the United States because they include VAT (tax) and thus this should not be taken as a final price, or even necessarily a ball-park figure.
Again the above details are based on leaks and rumors; it’s important to remember things can – and often do – change.
With the numbering convention seemingly sorted, this leave only one main mumbling that needs to be solved: Will the Galaxy Note 7 be released as an Edge-only variant, or will there in fact, be a standard screen smartphone as well? Given the rumored August 2nd launch date, it’s likely the truth will be out there sooner than later, especially with leakers such as Blass on the case.
Still, because there is already a phablet Galaxy S7, it will be interesting to see what kind of competitive edge Samsung can serve up with this pending product. Will it simply supply shoppers with the standard Note status quo, or will it add in some productive and revolutionary new features?