Few smartphones have generated as much interest as this one – already there are over 53 million search results – three million more than for Samsung’s Galaxy S7.
iTWire has gathered all the rumours, discarded the dross, and is adding one more article to the search results.
- Screen: 5.8”, 2560 x 1440, QHD, AMOLED, - Samsung won’t release an S7 Edge+ to cover this market so it may share the Edge design. 3D Touch is also possible.
- Processor: Likely to be Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 (Same as S7) but could be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823
- Memory/storage: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage and microSD slot for at least 200GB. I would not be surprised in Samsung offer a free 128GB microSD card as a sales enticement as some rumours also say it will have 256GB UFS 2.0 internal storage.
- Battery: 4000 to 4200 mAh, non-removable battery with fast wireless and USB-C charge
- USB-C – at last
- A very high screen to body ratio indicating that the home/fingerprint sensor may be a soft key. This would be seen as innovative and help squeeze the larger screen into the smallest possible body. Although there are rumours of an iris scanner and that may remove the need for a fingerprint scanner entirely.
- Android Version: N but I doubt that at launch – more likely M 6.x
- Camera: Same 12MP rear camera as the S7 but there are rumours of enhancements for text scanning and ‘whiteboard’ image capture. It will have OIS and possibly infrared focus.
- Other S7 features will include the S7, IP68 water resistance, massive LTE Cat 11 band support and its TouchWiz User Experience, apps and skins. I have found that Samsung’s apps exceed the stock Android equivalents. Its rumoured to be working on a new communications hub called Samsung Focus that may combine social media, email, SMS and more into one place.
- S-Pen: It won’t be able to be inserted backwards - #pengate – and will remain a passive device e.g. no battery but additional sensors in the screen will make it work as if it was an active device. A new calligraphy mode that makes writing on a glass screen easier is expected.
- Price: One rumour is that the new tech and features will drive the price to more than A$1200 and a lower specified ‘Lite’ version may also be on the cards – in any case, it will still be an awesome phablet.
- Options: There are rumours that a ‘chrome style’ laptop dock powered by the phone will be available but given Samsung’s recent commitment in this area to Windows 10, I am not so sure. Another rumour is a range of USB-C accessories including an updated Gear VR headset. One thing is for sure there will be some add-on accessories to enhance profit.
I used the Note 5 for a few months last year and in the full review I said it was the best Android, pen-based, phablet bar none. It is a fully featured workhorse compared to the pretty Edge show pony.
The Note 6 may be an evolution of the Note 5 but under the skin it is a revolution – 6GB RAM, potentially super-fast UFS storage, and the work on the S-Pen and interface could make this the best phablet in 2016 – bar none.
Regarding category competition it really has none - Apple don’t make a stylus version of the iPhone but we have heard rumours of an LG Stylus 2 based on the G5.
August is not too far away. The dock patent is below.