Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Takes Shape and it Sounds AMAZING: August 2 New York Launch Revealed
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 EDGE will launch in New York on August 2
According to ALL the rumours the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be an absolute BEAST with 6GB of RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, a brand new high-end camera and a shed-load of new software tweaks to make the whole S-Pen stylus experience and multitasking on the big screen better than EVER. On top of that, rumours are now consistently saying the the Galaxy Note 7 will feature a 5.8in QHD Super AMOLED EDGE display with the signature curved screen edges seen on the Galaxy S7 edge. Unlike the Galaxy S7 series, however, this will be the sole model rather than having two variants.
Other rumours point to new software for S-Pen, a potential 500+ GB of storage with a microSD card, a complete redesign of the chassis, market-leading 10nm memory and a bunch more besides. Samsung will want to hit the ground running with the Galaxy Note 7, as it is the company’s last line of defence against Apple’s iPhone 7.
And like many people in the industry, Samsung likely knows that Apple’s next update could well be quite dull, resembling last year’s model with a few internal tweaks. For this reason, Samsung will push very hard in order to build on the momentum established by the AWESOME Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 EDGE.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Latest News
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been spotted in the AnTuTu benchmarking database on July 7, the model is listed as the SM-N930V and it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, contradicting earlier reports of a Snapdragon 821/823 with 6GB of RAM. This is a different model to the one seen in a simultaneously leaked Geekbench result, a SM-N930F with 3GB RAM and a 1.5GHz octa-core CPU, oddly this model seems to use the Exynos 7420 from 2015 rather than the expected Esynos 8890/8893 previously rumoured, however, this could be an early prototype model. The AnTuTu results also show 13MP and 5MP cameras, and a 2560×1440 pixel resolution. Interestingly the AnTuTu results also show Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow while the new Geekbench results show Android 7.0 Nougat – the first time the phone has been noted with the latest build. All of this makes it very difficult to discern what the hell Samsung is up to.
On July 6 tipsters at iGyaan.in claim to have come into contact with an internal Samsung memo, which allegedly details some new S-Pen and Air Command software features aboard the Galaxy Note 7. Apparently there are two new shortcuts in the Air Command radial wheel, dubbed “Dictionary” and “Speaking”. The references do not explain what these features do, but it seems pretty likely the Dictionary will function as some kind of word lookup/thesaurus/spellcheck while the “Speaking” is a bit more open to interpretation and could be a speech to text feature; the Galaxy Note series is already well-furnished in terms of handwriting-to-text, so it makes sense as another string to the productivity bow, as it were. The memo also seems to imply some kind of re-design of the S-Pen; to date leaks have shown a similar-looking “push to eject” design as seen on the Note 5, however, there was some controversy surrounding that design as it was possible to break the phone by re-insterting it incorrectly; Samsung issued warnings and instructions on this issue, but is probably keen to troubelshoot it out with a new design to avoid any complications on the new model. Lastly, the memo apparently confirms a Snapdragon 823 chipset, as well as the iris scanner’s ability to lock applications, files, and the phone itself, just like the fingerprint scanner.
As of July 4 several new leaks have appeared regarding the Galaxy Note 7. First up, GSMArenamanaged to exclusivley get hold of a batch of CAD renders showing the Galaxy Note 7 design. You’ll have to forgive the garish colours, which are simply part of the technical drawing to highlight certain features, but importantly we can see it does indeed have a curved EDGE display, as well as a third circular port on the front panel for an Iris Scanner. The rear camera module design and layout doesn’t appear to have changed much, but that fits ok with rumours of the sensors and hardware in use. Other details includes a single speaker grille in the base, along with a Type-C USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the subject of the USB port, another of today’s leaks is another accessory design from Olixar, this time a screen protector, complete with product renders which also show the Note 7 itself and we get a good view of not only the curved display but also the Type-C USB port.
Lastly, we appear to have confirmation of three colour variants for the Galaxy Note 7. A Tweet from the oft-reliable @evleaks (Evan Blass) contains a set of official-looking press renders showcasing the colour schemes, together with Blass’ naming of them as “Black Onyx, Silver Titanium, and Blue Coral.”
Samsung Galaxy Note 7: Name & Release Date
Prominent Twitter leakster Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has posted a couple of gems on the social network. Firstly, Blass confirmed the Galaxy Note 7 name by posting a piece of official Samsung branding/marketing material in the firm’s usual typeface, it clearly reads “Samsung Galaxy Note 7”, Blass simply commented “confirmed”.
Yes this would be very easy to fake, however, @evleaks has a pretty stellar reputation and track record, and is known to have tons of insider sources in the mobile industry, so we firmly believe this is legit. Blass then followed up with another post with the handset specs:
“Couple confirmed specs: 5.7″ QHD SAMOLED, 64GB + microSD, 12MP DualP / 5MP, IP68, black/silver/blue,” he later added that it would also feature an iris scanner. Multiple reports have been pretty adamant that the Galaxy Note 7 will feature a curved EDGE display, but as you can see Blass has not confirmed or denied this, meaning it is still in abeyance. However, the name clearly does not have the EDGE naming convention, but this does not necessarily mean it will not have a curved EDGE display anyway.
“The next major Android phablet release from Samsung will be called the Galaxy Note 7 and will feature a dual-edge display,” reports The Verge. “Last summer, Samsung generated a bit of confusion and controversy when it launched the dual-edge Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the more regular Galaxy Note 5 at the same time. The confusion stemmed from their overlap in functionality, while the controversy bubbled up when Samsung decided to only offer the dual-edge device in Europe, leaving one of the world’s most important smartphone markets without a flagship Note device for the first time since the series’ inception.”
The word on the grapevine says that Samsung insiders were a little worried at the number series discrepancy between the Galaxy S7 flagship series and the Galaxy Note 6 generation. Of course it’s quite understandable this occurred, the Galaxy Note series first launched a year later than the Galaxy S flagship series, so it is a generation behind in naming and numbers but not in specs. However, Samsung reportedly wants to avoid potential buyers confusing the lower number and thinking the Galaxy Note 6 is an older and/or lower spec device than the Galaxy S7. This is all just hearsay of course, and we won’t know for sure until nearer the launch what Samsung has actually gone with.
We’ve heard plenty of reports to date suggesting that there will only be ONE model of Galaxy Note 7 and that Samsung will pick between two prototypes, one with a curved EDGE display and one without – the firm will NOT release both styles as it has with the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Most recently, several of the leaks and rumours have indicated that Samsung has picked the curved EDGE display design over the traditional flat screen, which makes a lot of sense really; the curved design looks unique, makes the phones that use it look more stylihs, and most importantly for Samsung, tend to sell in bigger numbers – pre-orders for the Galaxy S7 edge far outpaced the regular edition, for example. So now, as of June 22, a report from the Korea Herald claims reiterates that yes, there will only be one Galaxy Note 7 and adds that it will be of the EDGE variety.
Samsung has apparently inadvertently confirmed the Galaxy Note 7, according to a report from Forbes. During the weekend of June 19, Samsung itself set up an online user agent profile for an SM-930F, a device name previously associated with the forthcoming device (the Note 4 and Note 5 being the SM-910 and SM-920 respectively).
“Unfortunately (if predictably) right now the UA Page is empty,” said the report, “but it won’t stay that way for long. UA Pages contain detailed device specifications and settings and are typically used by carriers and content providers. So by setting the page live without any of this information Samsung is both teasing and trolling us in equal measure as the hype machine goes into overdrive.”
This occuring at this time of year also indicates that earlier leaked details of an August launch are likely accurate, typically with previous Galaxy Note releases taking place in September, such profiles would appear later in the summer. In the past Samsung has launched the Note series at the IFA expo in Berlin, Germany.
Samsung may be gearing up to launch the Galaxy Note 7 earlier than previously anticipated – it was thought that an August 15 launch was being planned, but information an image leaked to SamMobile the Samsung Unpacked event could take place as early as August 2. The image shows a pretty convincing-looking piece of Samsung promotional material for a Samsung Unpacked event and the date is clearly stated as 8/2/106.
What’s more, the shape of the geometric icons and graphics used in the promo make the same curvy number “7” shape we spoke about in the below teaser leak, again implying the Note 7 naming rumour is true. The promo material carries the hashtag #thenextgalaxy and the tagline “the next edge is just around the corner” also adding further fuel to the idea that Samsung has picked a curved edge display for the new model. It’s possible there may be two models, one with an edge display and one withough, but earlier rumours have claimed Samsung will only launch one or the other. If you look very closely you can also see the venue is in New York.
On June 11 a teaser image has been leaked to PhoneArena by an anonymous source showing the silhouette of a smartphone with a stylus pen – the image has Samsung’s familiar blue glow around it used in much of the firm’s promotional material. Of course, it could have easily been mocked-up, so take it with a pinch of salt. The source claims to have insider knowledge and confirms the Galaxy Note 7 name.
It’s also alleged that the image itself confirms the Note 7 name but we’re not so sure of this, the only thing we can see that could possibly be interpreted this way is the way the phone has been positioned so the edges near the centre of the image (and with a brighter glow highlight) kind of form the shape of the number “7”. The teaser also features some text which says “write on the EDGE of something great,” indicating that the phone will have an EDGE display panel with curved sides, and that users will be able to write with the pen on the curved edges. Samsung has previously patented a technology to enable this feature. The position of the stylus in the image also suggests an EDGE writing feature.
A report on June 16 says that Samsung is preparing Galaxy Note 7 mass production to begin in July with the aim to produce as many as 5 million units for the “initial supply” on launch. The word comes via Korean source ET News, which alleges that 2.5 million units will be produced in July while the other 2.5 million will be produced in August. Note that August is the handset’s supposed launch month, with evidence emerging of a Samsung Unpacked announcement event taking place in New York on August 2.
Typically Samsung likes to start selling new devices within a week or two of the launch, so if it can produce 2.5 million units between August 1 and August 15 (when earlier leaks from @evleaks indicated the handset would arrive on US network AT&T) then it should hit those targets. Sounds like a close run thing to us, but then we don’t work in mass manufacturing and global supply. It’s also worth mentioning that Samsung produced 5 million Galaxy Note 5 units for its launch in 2015, but within a three month period – however, that model wasn’t available globally. The message is pretty clear that Samsung expects the Galaxy Note 7 to perform better one way or the other. The report also states that the Galaxy Note 7 will feature a curved EDGE display and there will not be a flat-screen variant.
Evidence has emerged which apparently confirms the Galaxy Note 7 name. An image has been posted online, an image which, it must be said, could easily be a hoax, because all it shows is a big grey seven with some shadowing underneath it. The image was posted as a “teaser” via Chinese social network Weibo and picked up by Steve Hemmerstoffer (aka @stagueve). Frankly, that pinky-peachy text makes us think this is a big fat phony, but we’ll reserve judgement until something else happens…
As of May 13, more information has emerged from a VERY reliable source regarding the August launch of the Galaxy Note 6. According to Twitter tipster @evleaks, aka Evan Blass, the handset will arrive in the US on the week of August 15 specifically, although exactly which day within that week remains up-in-the-air.
There isn’t any info regarding a wider launch or a UK release, but considering earlier rumours have been pretty hot on the idea that it WILL land in the UK this time, and considering Samsung usually does pretty unified global rollouts when it launches major handsets internationally, we’re expecting the UK date to be in a similar ballpark.