Samsung Electronics is gearing up to launch the most exciting Galaxy Note to date, here is what we think it would have
It’s that time of the year, when Samsung Electronics finally has got done with the launch and hype of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and started teasing its Note flagship, the Galaxy Note 6. Samsung is known to extend deadlines to release its Notes. Previously, the Note 3 and Note 4 were announced in September to Note 5 that was announced in August. We believe that the Korean company might stick to the earlier schedule and unveil the Note 6 in August this year.
Of course nothing has been made official; there have been no teasers from Samsung itself. But let’s take a sneak peek into whatever we know so far.
When it comes to display, Samsung has been faithful to the Super AMOLED technology, and we think the Note 6 will not be any different in that matter. Previous iterations of the Galaxy Note family house a 5.7-inch screen with the screen-to-body ration of 76% with the Note 5. However, rumors indicate that Samsung might have just managed to increase 0.1 inch on the display to push it up to 5.8-inches. Resolution wise, we think the Note 6 would be somewhere around 525ppi territory up from 518ppi in the Note 5.
The Galaxy Note 3 and 4 were equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. That changed with the home-made processor, the Exynos 7420 Octa-core that Samsung featured in Note 5. The same trend is expected to follow with the Note 6. However, the smartphone maker has been fitting its devices with two different chipsets to cater the needs of different markets. The Galaxy S7 had the Exynos 8890, whereas Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 targeted at different regions. The Galaxy Note 6 is rumored to do the exact same with an unnamed Exynos 8 processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 823.
A wild report from GSM Helpdesk claims that Galaxy Note 6 is expected to have 6GB RAM under the hood. The publication states that the tip is from a source closed to Samsung. If this is the case then the Note 6 will be the first Samsung phone to join the ranks of a few handfuls to come out with 6GB monster phones, case in point the LeEco’s Le Max 2 and Lenovo’s ZUK Z2. We thought Samsung would stick with 4GB for a while, now but against all the odds, we would love to see the Korean giant pushing it up to 6GB.
With the Note 5, Samsung terminated the microSD card slot and that made us sad. The storage options were decent, but we still want the possibility to expand more. With the Galaxy S7, Samsung changed things and we saw the microSD card slot make a comeback. Hence following in the rumors’ footsteps, we think the Note 6 will house a microSD card slot with 32/64/128 GB storage variants.
The camera department is slowly becoming Samsung’s forte with image quality improving significantly and its phones go on to be crowned as one of the best camera phones out there. With the Galaxy S7, Samsung dropped the megapixel count from 16MP to 12MP but the results were still stunning. The same technology is expected to make its way into the Note 6 with a bit souped-up camera interface. The aperture is expected to be f/1.7 for the rear and front sensor. The front camera is expected to be 5MP.
We think that the Galaxy Note 6 has been suffering from a battery deficiency. The Note 3 houses a 3,200mAh battery, Note 4 with a 3,220mAh battery, and Note 5 a 3,000mAh battery, a 220mAh drop in the latest iteration. Rumors indicate that Samsung might be changing all this with the Note 6 and install a 4,000mAh battery. If this happens to be the case, then this will be a 1,000mAh boost from the predecessor. The Korean company can manage to install bigger power bricks in its smartphone with recent models like the Galaxy A9 and the A9 Pro housing 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh, battery respectively.
The top other feature that we along with the users are likely to look out for is the famed S Pen native to the Note lineup. We expect some minor design changes to the S Pen for the Note 6 as has been the case with Samsung every time it launches a Note successor. We hope that the new Note isn’t plagued with the same issue where users broke several features of the S Pen while inserting it backwards. The S Pen needs to be reversible. Users shouldn’t fuss about which way the Pen goes and whether they put in the right way or not.
Rumors also indicate that the Note 6 is to get the IP68 certification just like the Galaxy S7 making it water- and dust-resistant. While that’s quite a positive rumor and certainly one to hope for, we wonder how Samsung might make it possible given the S Pen slot. If this does become true, then the Galaxy Note 6 will be the first Note to ever embrace such a certification in Samsung’s lineup.
There is also the rumor that claims Samsung is working on bolstering security on the Note 6. Along with a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner is also in the works and will utilize the Note’s front camera. However, given how all smartphone manufacturers are looking towards new ways to make their devices secure.
The same publication suggests that Samsung is currently deliberating over two prototypes for the Galaxy Note 6, but only one will make the final cut towards announcement and launch. One prototype has a curved-screen just like what we see on the S7 edge. The specs on both devices are the same. If this turns out to be the actual case then we might only see the Galaxy Note 6 this year and not a successor to the Galaxy S6 edge+.
This is all that we know about the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 from Samsung. Keep in mind that this is all based on speculation and leaks and hence we recommend you take it with a grain of salt. If it all turns out to be 100% accurate, then the rumors were right and our prayers answered. Till then wait for the official announcement from Samsung Electronics.